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Old 01-05-2012, 06:49 PM
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Shift tube question.

Has anyone replaced there shift tube in the steering column?

My 2002 has a auto trans and the shifter is real loose.

The torx bolts on the bottom are tight. It looks like all of the play is in the column.

I am not sure if this is a job I want to try or not.

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Old 01-05-2012, 09:16 PM
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Are you sure it is not the shift cable getting ready to break?
I have never heard of a loose shift tube.
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Mine is the same way. I took it apart, covers off the column, to find the plastic busshing that goes between the clamp and tube tobe worn and out of place. Slid it up and it is firmed up again. Still need to fix it right but works for now. I am looking into the proper way to replace that bushing. Don't know if just that can be replaced or entire shift tube.
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Are you sure it is not the shift cable getting ready to break?
I have never heard of a loose shift tube.
I have taken off the plastic covers off of the column and saw a bunch of play where the shift lever went into the shift tube. I will check the cable maybe that is the play I am looking for, not what I was looking at.

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Old 01-07-2012, 09:45 AM
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Mine is the same way. I took it apart, covers off the column, to find the plastic busshing that goes between the clamp and tube tobe worn and out of place. Slid it up and it is firmed up again. Still need to fix it right but works for now. I am looking into the proper way to replace that bushing. Don't know if just that can be replaced or entire shift tube.
I will check that out.

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Old 01-07-2012, 04:17 PM
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Look for a plastic sleeve or bushing that may have slid down your tube. I slide mine up but I am sure it will slide back down over time.
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Look for a plastic sleeve or bushing that may have slid down your tube. I slide mine up but I am sure it will slide back down over time.
Copy that, thanks...
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:48 AM
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The shift tube shattered on mine a few months ago. Ford sells all the parts to replace the bushings, straps and tube. They don't cost much, maybe $60 or so in parts. It's pretty easy to change too. Disconnect the cable for the little gear selector needle and unbolt the steering column bolts and let the column lower down toward the floor then you can get at the tube really easy. I think it took me about an hour to replace it.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:28 PM
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The shift tube shattered on mine a few months ago. Ford sells all the parts to replace the bushings, straps and tube. They don't cost much, maybe $60 or so in parts. It's pretty easy to change too. Disconnect the cable for the little gear selector needle and unbolt the steering column bolts and let the column lower down toward the floor then you can get at the tube really easy. I think it took me about an hour to replace it.
Glad you got it fixed. No need to pull the wheel, that is great news.

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