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98-14-5
  • STEERING – “CLUNKING” FELT WHILE ROCKING STEERING WHEEL SIDE-TO-SIDE
Publication Date: JULY 20, 1998

LIGHT TRUCK:
1996-1998 ECONOLINE, EXPLORER, RANGER
1997-1998 F-150, F-250 LD

ISSUE:

A “clunking” may be felt on some vehicles with a fixed (non-tilt) steering column when applying a side-to-side load on the steering wheel. The lock cylinder housing and actuator housing are common between fixed and tilt columns. There is a clearance between the housings which is necessary for the tilt column, but in the fixed column application, this clearance can cause relative movement, allowing the clunk feeling.

ACTION:

Add a plastic spacer in the LH pivot screw hole to reduce relative motion and clunk feel. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.

SERVICE PROCEDURE

  1. For F-150/250 LD, remove steering column opening cover.
  2. With a Phillips screwdriver, remove the (3) screws that attach the lower shroud to the upper shroud.
  3. Separate (but do not remove) the upper and lower shroud so LEFT HAND steering column pivot screw is visible.

    NOTE:ONLY REMOVE THE LEFT HAND PIVOT SCREW. THIS IS LOCATED ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE STEERING COLUMN AS VIEWED FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT (FIGURE 1).




    Figure 1 – Article 98-14-5

  4. With a Torx T30 tool, remove the LEFT HAND steering column pivot screw.
  5. Insert Spacer (F87Z-3C549-AA) into the pivot screw hole and use a small screwdriver to push the spacer into the hole until it is seated (approximately 25mm).
  6. Reinstall pivot screw and torque to 19-26 N-m (14-19 lb-ft).
  7. Reposition the upper and lower shrouds and snap them together.
  8. Reinstall the three (3) shroud attaching screws and torque to 0.7 to 1.1 N-m (6-10 lb-in).
  9. Reinstall steering column opening cover (F-150/250 LD).

PART NUMBERPART NAME
F87Z-3C549-AASteering Column Spacer

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES:

NONE

WARRANTY STATUS:

Eligible Under The Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage

OPERATIONDESCRIPTIONTIME
981405AInstall Spacer0.3 Hr.

DEALER CODING

BASIC PART NO.CONDITION CODE
3C54907

OASIS CODES:

303000, 702000, 703000


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