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Shifter sloppy, having trouble getting it into gear.

The shifter is really loose and I'm having trouble getting it into to gear. The Ford dealership said that "the shift linkage needs to be adjusted. I can't see anything that needs tightening, but is difficult to see up under the dash by the steering column.

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  • jazzefaye04 Dec 20, 2008

    loose gear can't change gears on my 1998 dodge neon

  • wolfy12345 Jan 01, 2009

    cant pull the column out

  • walkbox Jan 19, 2009

    as described above, but now it wont go into gear

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    puttting into gear is troublesome/the rear lights are out/break lights out also

  • brownsuger72 Apr 05, 2009

    My 1993 Grand Marquis will not go into gear. So I am unable to start it. What should I look for?

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There is a bracket with two torx screws that gets loose. You need to tighten that. You will need to remove the plastic and metal shield under the dash, above the brake pedal to see the bracket. Look up above the brake pedal and wiggle the the shift lever and you will see what needs tightened. Worked for me.

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For a loose COLUMN SHIFTER, check the pin under the boot on the column as the pin wears the shifter tube at the base of the shifter handle. If the column floats or wiggles more than previously remembered, remove the top & bottom covers behind the steering wheel. If you have tilt steering, Drop to lowest position and look at the top of the steering tube and see if clamps are broken. If they are, replace them. If not, check for loose bolts or screws.

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You will have to pull the steering column apart to find out what part is worn out.

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