I went out to the garage to go to a doctor appointment, I started the car and tried to put the van in gear. The gear shift was free floating. No reverse. No drive. No nothing.
Called Triple A. Called to cancel Dr. appt. Called Ford garage.
The tow truck was to be here in about an hour.
Came back in the house and the tow truck appeared. He wondered how he would get it out. He would be dragging the tires.
He got underneath and found a plastic connector had slipped off the cable to the gear shift. Put it back on. It worked!
Then he followed me to the garage, came in and explained it to the service guy better than I could. I can't praise AAA enough right now.
I got a ride home in their complimentary car. We got a call an hour later. No parts till tomorrow and that will be $500 please.
We were lucky we weren't in traffic somewhere. Also lucky that we can afford it - although there go the big bucks we were going to put in the savings this month.