Technical Service Bulletins
|Publication Date: JULY 20, 1998|
|1996-1998 ECONOLINE, EXPLORER, RANGER|
1997-1998 F-150, F-250 LD
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.
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.
- For F-150/250 LD, remove steering column opening cover.
- With a Phillips screwdriver, remove the (3) screws that attach the lower shroud to the upper shroud.
- 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
- With a Torx T30 tool, remove the LEFT HAND steering column pivot screw.
- 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).
- Reinstall pivot screw and torque to 19-26 N-m (14-19 lb-ft).
- Reposition the upper and lower shrouds and snap them together.
- Reinstall the three (3) shroud attaching screws and torque to 0.7 to 1.1 N-m (6-10 lb-in).
- Reinstall steering column opening cover (F-150/250 LD).
|PART NUMBER||PART NAME|
|F87Z-3C549-AA||Steering Column Spacer|
OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES:
Eligible Under The Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage
|981405A||Install Spacer||0.3 Hr.|
|BASIC PART NO.||CONDITION CODE|
303000, 702000, 703000