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Ford explorer gear shift problem

1997 ford explorer ... found a screw sitting on the driver side floor and it is now hard to use the column shift (P, R, N, D) have to 'wiggle' around to get car into gear ... what should I check??? thanks

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  • mike_gorka May 28, 2009

    Thanks for the reply ... is this a 'do it yourself' kinda thing (is there a diagram somewhere or a step by step to follow) or is this better left to a pro?

  • mike_gorka Jun 04, 2009

    I'd appreciate any insyructions you can provide! thanks again!

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Needs shift tube bushings... you have to pull the steering column down to replace the bushings and put the screw back in the shift tube

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    Jason Phillips May 29, 2009

    it's not realy that hard of a job, but i have done a million of them so it's kind of hard to say... i can't give you a diagram, i can probably give you step by step instructions, but if you don't know much about cars you may want to just have this done for you. it's still pretty tight in there after you pull the steering column down- but just leave your email if you want instructions

  • sahaile Oct 23, 2010

    Hello jaysonemanme
    i want the instructions
    i only have ( R, N, D) no park

  • Rick Hartke May 28, 2013

    Jason, I dont know if you still watch this post. I had this same problem when I bought my explorer. The previous owners did it so long that the threads on the lower bolt broke. Is that a replaceable peice?



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