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Old 03-08-2009, 02:13 PM
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Bushing on Gear shifter column

I was having play on my gear shifter. I previously adjusted the gear select indicator so it would always start in park. Anyway, decided to tear into it a little more. Removed instrument cluster and found play in the the lower bushing on the gear shifter column. Getting up and down play and a little side to side in the gear shifter column at the bushing when I move the shifter slightly. Anyone ever replaced these without taking apart the whole dash more than I already have. I attached a photobucket pic. The bushing is in the center of the pic around the gear shifter column. Also, anyone know if I can start my truck with instrument panel unplugged? Not plan on driving it, just wanted to move it slightly. Thanks for any input, Part numbers would also be great if anyone has them handy.

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Old 03-08-2009, 02:26 PM
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I was having play on my gear shifter. I previously adjusted the gear select indicator so it would always start in park. Anyway, decided to tear into it a little more. Removed instrument cluster and found play in the the lower bushing on the gear shifter column. Getting up and down play and a little side to side in the gear shifter column at the bushing when I move the shifter slightly. Anyone ever replaced these without taking apart the whole dash more than I already have. I attached a photobucket pic. The bushing is in the center of the pic around the gear shifter column. Also, anyone know if I can start my truck with instrument panel unplugged? Not plan on driving it, just wanted to move it slightly. Thanks for any input, Part numbers would also be great if anyone has them handy.

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F250 SD or F350 SD? It makes a difference on the lower bearing.

With or without tilt wheel?

There are upper and lower bearings.

The upper bearing and its retainer (2 pieces) fit top of the column, below the steering wheel, while the lower bearings, bearing retainers are at the bottom of the column.

The lower bearings comes in two sizes.
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Not sure but maybe this will get you closer.


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1) Gearshift lever 2) Lock switch Overdrive lockout 3) Cap
4) Cap Pin 5) Seal Upper 6) Shift tube
7) Shift tube Clamp 8) Shift tube Bushing 9) Solenoid Interlock
10) Insert Trans position 11) Shaft 12) Selector lever
13) Spring 14) Arm
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1) Gearshift lever 2) Lock switch Overdrive lockout 3) Cap
4) Cap Pin 5) Seal Upper 6) Shift tube
7) Shift tube Clamp 8) Shift tube Bushing 9) Solenoid Interlock
10) Insert Trans position 11) Shaft 12) Selector lever
13) Spring 14) Arm

It looks like number 8. Thanks
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That pic doesn't show the upper/lower steering column bearings, retainers, but that's prolly not what the OP wants.

#8 = (2) F3TZ7L278A .. Transmission Shift Selector Bushings (Ed's site calls them Shift Tube Bushings).

MSRP each: $2.99 // FTEpartsguy.com price each: $2.16.

FTE sponsor: FTE Parts Guy = Ed Olson @ PARR FORD in Bremerton WA.

Type the part number into Ed's site to see all the myriad applications.
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I think I need this part: (Ford) F3TZ-7L278-A Bushings

I did start the truck without the instrument cluster and was ok. I guess I will go to ford and see if they have any bushing in stock on Monday.
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Well, I ended up getting a thin plastic bushing and cutting it in half. Put it on top of the existing bushing and no more play in the shifter.
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