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Old 11-28-2012, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tight Shift Lever

Greetings, anyone had any problems with a hard to move shifter?
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Yes take the access panel off under your steering column. Then lay down on the floor looking up at the column underneath. There are 2 bolts that hold the shifter in place if they are loose or missing you can bend your shifter tube. I had mine drop a screw and the other go loose. This happened to my 2000 F250 7.3. She had about 81,000 miles on her and was 81/2 years old at the time. Other than that maybe someone else can come up with other options to look for. Good Luck
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, I will look at that.......
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am not sure if the X is different from the PU but I just pulled my bottom cover and I could not see any bolts. I did have to replace the shift arm due to a bad OD button and I remember them being on the top. I did not verify this because I did not want to pull the ignition out....but I did when I replaced the arm. There are 2 black plastic bushings that the arm rides on when moved, I bought them for when I did the arm but it was more involved and I skipped it. I still have them in case. My arm seems loose but the dealer said the bushings were the fix, I guess when I hear metal on metal I will have to dig in.
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The X is identical to the pickup. The bolts are not under the cover, you don't remove the cover to find and tighten the two Torx head bolts. They are near the floor.

Another likely place is the TRS on the driver's side of the trans. It is the part where the shift cable attaches with the wiring harness. I've seen them get hard to move.
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Ah ha, an expert. My problem is what seems to be a loose shift arm, it has a good bit of play in it. It moves fine and all but it just seems to have play in it. Would this be the bushings? If you read the post it read like the bolts were under the cover. Where on the floor might I find these. Thanks.
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They are not under the cover, and they are not on the floor. They are on the steering column just above the floor. There are two bolts with Torx heads. Before replacing bushings make sure these bolts are tight.
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Thanks, I will check them out. I'm saving your name, I bet you know these like the back of your hand. I have the bushings, I ordered a new steering wheel since mine is all worn and looks horrible. I think I will look at the bushings when the wheel comes off but this I can do now. Happy Holidays.
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The X is identical to the pickup. The bolts are not under the cover, you don't remove the cover to find and tighten the two Torx head bolts. They are near the floor.

Another likely place is the TRS on the driver's side of the trans. It is the part where the shift cable attaches with the wiring harness. I've seen them get hard to move.
Can this be checked by just disconnecting the cable from the trans, and then seeing if the tightness is in the column/cable or the trans?
Thanks, as my 00 is really stiff to shift...
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Yes, that's a good test to see if it is the TRS or not.
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