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1999 F250 loose shifting arm

The truck will not start now. The column shifter (Auto) is real loose. I think it's preventing the truck from starting. Is this pretty easy to take apart?

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  • avidjack Nov 17, 2008

    Same problem. Shifter arm very loose, orginally it would not go into park and I had to crank it in nueutral, now it will not go into reverse. Help. Too heavey to push backwards.

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    shift lever real loose hard to get into park,under truck transmission shift works smooth seems like problem at shift lever

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The column can be a big project ! But there are things you can ck first make sure the rod from your shifter is moving, down to the ignition switch. It is located on the column about half way down . Sometimes the switch seperates, and it will tell the ecm you are in gear.

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