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11/22/08 12:08

ford f250 shift linkage

i have a 95 f250 i went to put it in gear and the shift lever went limp and fell loose i took the dash apart and can see that it is not pulling the cable but cant figure out why can someone please help me
02/12/09 21:16
Robert Fulcher

Recommend if you drop the steering column to disconnect the battery and wait a few minutes if you have a air bag .If not then proceed.. one out of two things happen usually the 2 torx screws back out of the shifter lever take the lower dash/knee pad off.if you lay under the dash with a good flash light and follow the shifter cable you will see where it connects to look at the plate the screws will have fallin out or are backed out/loose sometimes if you look around the floor you may find them if so they need to be cleaned and put back in with loc tite appliied to the threads.Ive been able to do this with a long 1/4 inch extension and a universal to a 1/4 inch torx very careful not to crossthread.If you can see that the 2 screws are in there and tight then you have to lower the steering column by taking the lower cover off the column first then loosening the 4 nuts that hold it to the dash [disconnect shifter indicator cable small thin red cable]or you may break it.once column is lowered the upper column cover will come right off and you can see the shifter tube and plastic bushings and clamps the bushings will ware to the point that the clamp may break check all that.. all the parts are still avaliable from ford. this is a ase certified tech of 20 years exp
05/10/09 12:13
mike barker

the linkage under the dash of a ford f-150 has broken where the 2 rods go together i need that piece that connects them whats it called and how do i go about ordering it ?
07/06/09 11:08
dawson woodley

i have a 95 rear wheel drive ford range the Steering Column Shift Tube is broken where it is fastened with two bolts. I disassembled it. I need a source where i can purchase one thanks
07/09/09 17:06

I have a Ford F-250 Super duty 2000 model year.. we need to adjust the linkage because we have trouble shifting it sometimes.. we know How to do it and where it is... but is there anything really besides Snuggin up some screws?
07/12/09 16:18

I own a 1996 f-250 w/tilt steering.How hard is it to r&r the shifting tube?
08/01/09 14:50
Ivan Armengol

Hello guys,

I had the very same problem and was able to solve it in about 10 minutes. The job is very easy and only requires a flash light, torques tip screw driver, and 1/4" wrench that fits on to the end of the torques tip screw driver for leverage, and a little lock-tite and/or some clear nail polish.

On my 2000 / F250, remove the fuse panel that is underneath the steering wheel, craw sideways under the console, use the flash light to illuminate the end of the gear shifter that is right above the steering shaft and you will see the 2 torques screws that are loose.

Remove one at a time, and clean it with a little alcohol in order to remove any oil and/or lubricant. Apply a drop of lock-tite and/or clear nail polish on the threads and reinstall the crew without completely tightening it. Proceed to accomplish the same on the second crew, and when they are both in use your 1/4" wrench in order to tighten the crews to your maximum ability.

Just underneath this assembly, you will find a fine adjustment knob that will allow you to fine-tune the center of the shifter needle on the shifter panel.

An easy fix that can save you a little money,


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09/09/09 16:17

thanks robert and ivan. those descriptions were perfect, saved me a huge hassle rooting around in there
11/07/09 23:26

Thanks Ivan, that saved me a trip to the dealer. Awesome.
01/14/10 18:30

02/01/10 08:36
Rob Tislar

I have a 2000 f150 and the shifter is screwed up i gotta put it in reverse for it to be in park and neutral to be in reverse and drive for neutral, 2 is now my drive and 1 is 2. what is goin on and how do i fix it?
04/19/10 14:47

Thanks Ivan!!! I just tightened mine up in about 5 minutes... very quick and easy. You saved me a trip to town!

Thanks again


04/19/10 14:48

For those who are asking how to adjust or tighten their shifter, read Ivan's post above..
07/06/10 20:02
brnell whitfield

I need a shift linkage cable for a 95 ford asprie where can i find one here in grand rapids mi or order one thanks
07/27/10 21:53

I have a 1999 F250 Superduty and was experiencing problems with my shifter being loose and the needle being off. After reading Ivan Armengols fix from above , I had both problems fixed in ten minutes. I just wanted to say thank you so much for your generosity in sharing that fix and have a great day!!!!!!!
08/11/10 20:11

ok i have a 99 ford f250 i know what everyone is talkin bout to tighten up the two torques screws but the thing that they screw in to is broke what is this called so i can order another one..plz an thanks for the help
08/30/10 20:23

I was driving my truck and tried to reverse but the gear selector felt limp and would not select any gear. I tried manually selecting gears at the transmission and that worked fine. The only thing the gear selector on the dash will do is put the truck in drive from park, after that, nothing. Any ideas? Is it the cable.
09/03/10 10:10

Larry: I had the same thing w/ my early 99 F250. You need a new "shift tube", bushings should come with it. Under $50 from Ford and took me an hour to replace, easy install. A diesel mechanic told me I needed the steering column rebuilt and he could do it for $475!!

Kevin: Look under the dash and play with the shifter. Could be loose screws or broken shift tube.

09/03/10 23:39

I have a 2001 ford expedition RWD. What is the part under the car where when you shift there is a cable that moves the pin that puts it in DRIVE, NEUTRAL and so on. That cable broke on me and tape doesnt seem to be working.. lol
09/12/10 19:43
Marvin Pickering

I need the bushings on the linkage for the transfer case. They have AW 40 on them. They seem to only come with assembly$300 or other parts. auto parts places don't seem to have them.

97 f250 4x4 heavy duty. You can free the shifter and not pay $300

09/26/10 15:27
Joe Russell

I own a 75 f250 and just switched out transfercases pulled out a np203 and replaced it with a np205 all three drivelines need to be modifide but my problem is the shift linkage for the transfer case I am lost in this area. do I need different linkage or can I make my old one work
10/10/10 12:52

Joe Russel - i did the same thing with my 75, and i just used my old linkage, althoughb it was alotta years ago sorry i dont remember exactly how i did it but it does work
10/30/10 16:42
edward henry

how do i install the shift linkage tube on a 2000 ford windstar and what about the spring at the tip of the plunger
11/17/10 18:55
Joe Rice

01 F-250 Auto shift lever loose and requires at times to be moved up to start. Torx screws tight. Held linkage near indicator ribon and lever wobbles. Can tube or bushings be worn

**CAUTION** 1)Should airbag be disabled? 2)Disconnect Batt? 3) How to replace parts? Lazy lever worries me about jumping out of park during Idle. Do not trust low emergency brake pedal. 4 wheel disk brakes. Thanking in Advance, Joe

12/17/10 09:45

hello everyone i have the same issue on my 1999 f250 diesel with the needle being off place...i did what ivan said and went under the steering column and found the fine tune wheel the problem i have is the white plastic bracket that holes the black wheel is cracked...

what i would like to know is where i can buy a new one...OR can i go to a junk yard and get one out of a ranger, explorer, f150 ect are they the same?

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