Question about 1998 Ford Explorer
I took off the upper plastic covers on the steering column, & the plastic, then Metal pieces under the steering column. I can see it pretty well, but I never worked on this before.. Lots else, but not a broken shift lever. It's a '98 SOC, 6 cyl. I pulled into my yard, Went to put it into park & heard a snap & then the shifter went all floppy. I did a lot of observing, but I cant's see what actually let go. The lower end of the shaft that the shifter operates is really loose & wobbly. & the Key is now stuck in the ignition. & I am in real trouble if I can't get this going! I am as alone as it gets here. Miles from people, & I don't know any one here. ((And this is where I live!))
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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There is a torx bolt at the back of the column, towards the top that comes lose, where the linkage attaches to the cable. You'll need to remove the ignition cylinder and the plastic surround around the column, remove the lower dash cover, and remove the 4 column retaining nuts and drop down the column to get to the bolt. The one I did, the owner found the bolt laying on the floor of the car. Ford doesn't install the bolt with Loc-tite, so, over time they become lose and fall out.
Posted on Dec 11, 2010
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