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Old 02-13-2009, 05:01 PM
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stering column shifter

does anybody have a very loose steering column shifter ours on our 2000 expy 4wd is really loose and id like to fix it but wanted to see if anyone else had this prob i searched the site and saw nothing. Thanx
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:37 PM
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Under the dash at the bottom end of the shifter rod is a triangle shaped piece of metal that is held on by 2 torx bolts. I think they are a #25 torx size. It's up around the top of the column and is a bit hard to see but you can get to it fairly easily. Tighten those 2 bolts and the shifter will tighten right up for you.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:37 AM
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thanx alloro ill give it a try later also have you done your tranny fluid yet ive heard horror stories about disturbing a working tranny. were going to florida from ny in april and im doing all fluids but am on the fence about the tranny fluid. thanx again
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:34 AM
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There's nothing wrong or harmful about changing the tranny fluid. I would just make sure it is done a week before you leave so that you have time to make sure there are no problems and that the fluid level is where its supposed to be.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:01 AM
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thanx again alloro your advice was perfect i tightened the 2 bolts its just like new!! thanx again!
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:32 PM
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Excellent!! I was going to post this exact question a couple days ago but forgot... Thanks for saving me the trouble jayram75!
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:50 PM
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Ill tell ya this is the 2nd ford ive had with this prob but never bothered with the first but this being the wifes truck I had to fix it it was real easy i didnt have a t25 but a metric allen wrench worked nicely have a good one!! I love this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:05 PM
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For future reference, what size allen wrench did you use?
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:08 AM
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Under the dash at the bottom end of the shifter rod is a triangle shaped piece of metal that is held on by 2 torx bolts. I think they are a #25 torx size. It's up around the top of the column and is a bit hard to see but you can get to it fairly easily. Tighten those 2 bolts and the shifter will tighten right up for you.

Alloro, I did try and do this back in February, but wasn't able to find the torx bolts.. it's bugging me again lately.

Do I have to take the steering column apart at all or am I just not looking in the right place?
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:15 PM
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No disassembly required. Here's a couple of pictures showing the plate and it's two torx bolts. I took these pictures laying on the driver's floor mat and looking up under the dash. Just to give you and idea of the angle of the camera, it was pointing from the floor heat ducts towards the drivers shoulder strap mount.
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:41 PM
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Great, thanks! (Last time I was pulling the steering column apart! haha)
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:55 PM
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I too have that loose shifter. I also thought it was loose from inside the steering column so after taking it apart a few months ago, I found that there was nothing to tighten where the shifter connects into the column. Based on those photos Alloro provided, I will look at it again tonight.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:14 PM
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will this also fix my 2001 f150 the shifter flops almost freely and now it will not engage in park? Any help would be great
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:31 AM
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The bolts under the dash were pretty tight. Still managed to tighten them a little more, but the shifter is still loose as can be.. based on lzrj's post.. I guess i'll leave it at that.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:14 AM
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will this also fix my 2001 f150 the shifter flops almost freely and now it will not engage in park? Any help would be great
Couldn't hurt to check, it only takes a couple of minutes.
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