Is the vehicle parked on a hill? Sometimes when parking on a hill, if the park position has been selected before the parking brake is applied the weight of the vehicle resting on the gear box locks it in park. Pull brake on and jack up one of the rear wheels and see if that helps. Also try putting foot on footbrake if vehicle fitted with safety lock.
If it's an auto, you could just get an aftermarket cable shifter from a speed shop.
Your steering column is locked. how do you fix it
I have a 1992 Ford ranger with a manual transmission. A while back, my truck's shifter knob just came loose.It's all plastic, and I think it was just held on by pressure. I don't know what type your truck's shifter knob would be, since I really haven't driven any newer rangers.
your syncros might be worn or the shifter might need a new plasice ball on the end or the whole shifter needs rebuilt
Years ago I have 93 ranger. In it you would pry the shift pattern plastic thing out of the stick and there was a screw or nut (been so long cant remember which one now). That is how I changed mine.
Sophian Island would be the best place to look
the clutch release could have broken , the brakes could have locked, the engine could have blown, the transmission could have broken. These are mostly things that have happened to our ranger. It depends what you mean by stops
Check the starter relay on the right side above the fender the little red wire going to the top sometimes comes loose
This happened once to my van. There is a pin inside the transmission that locks the wheels when the shifter is in "Park". That pin had broken off and was bouncing around inside the transmission and eventually jammed it so that the shifter was stuck in "Drive". I had the get my transmission rebuilt. I hope yours is a simpler problem. Perhaps there is a simple problem with the linkage between the steering column and the outside of the transmission.
Scary as hell
lightbulb in shifter is blown. remove shifter cover to replace bulb
Make sure the shifter handle is fully engaged in park. On my '92 caravan, I have to push the shifter up and forward again after putting it in park, to make sure it's fully in park. My ignition switch won't turn off all the way or door locks work until I do that. Also, you might have a loose shifter mechanism...jiggle it while turning the ignition switch at the same time.