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2001 f250 transmisson shift linkage

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by smitty, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. smitty

    smitty Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    My truck started jumping out of park and also would not start in park!
    I checked the linkage under the truck and nothing looked amiss,
    I looked under the dash where the cable joined the upper linkage
    right above the steering shaft the lever is attaches with two small screws
    witch were falling out, I tightened the screws and that took care of both problems.
    I did notice that when going from reverse to drive you had to lift the shift lever
    after fixing the screws when you pull down on the lever it goes right into drive
    It might pay to check these screws on a nice dry day instead of in a snowbank!!!!!!!!!
  2. Ggg6

    Ggg6 Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 521

    Glad you found your problem. This is rather common on all ford trucks 92 to present. I would recommend putting some lock-tite on the screws, so they can't work loose again.
  3. PeteB4

    PeteB4 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 56

    Same problem with my '01 F350. Guy said could be the Parking Pall or Shift cable, but now that you mention it I found a screw on my floor right under the steering column. What did the screw look like?
  4. PeteB4

    PeteB4 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 56

    Just got back from the shop with the truck. Exact problem as original poster stated. Guy at the transmission shop replaced screws and applied some lock tight. It was my first visit to the shop and nice to know the guy was honest and quick. I dropped it off at noon and had it back by 4:30.
  5. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Good to know, I have a 97 PSD and sometimes it slips out of reverse, must check this out next tme we get a warm day.

  6. Wieckster

    Wieckster Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    I had the same problem last spring and those 2 little screws were almost off I tightened them and lock tight those buggers and havent had any problems since
  7. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Ford has had a problem with those screws since the early 90's on ALL the vehicles they make not just the truck. cars too. If you have a Ford 1990 and newer it is recomended that you check them and also to put loctite on them. Even if they are not loose .
  8. SnowFlakeChaser

    SnowFlakeChaser Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Dropping off my 2000 F-250 on tuesday. Thing wont even go into park. I milked it threw leaf cleanups by using the parking brake. About time I fix it.