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01 F250 Shifter issue Help

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by KLM Service, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. KLM Service

    KLM Service Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Well after 28 hrs of straight plowing the shifter lever gave out (it is a automatic). It has been working fine up until now. As the day/night/morning went on I noticed the lever seemed like it was loosing up (sloppy) when going from drive to reverse. It shifts in to all gears alright but will not go into park. I thought at 1st it may be the cable stretching out but now I'm not sure, I read somewhere that there is a spiral gear that works the shifter, and at times these cause problems. Any idea's???

    Any advice will be appreciated!

    Thank You
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If it still goes forward and reverse fix it after the storm.
  3. SteveR

    SteveR Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    Is it the pin where it connects in the column We have that problem in an Ambulance You can feel it if its part way out through the rubber boot
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    It's the linkage assembly in the steering column that wears. Ford has a kit that includes all the needed repair components along with a few updated pieces to further address the issue from happening as quickly. Should be on the shelf at your local dealer as its a well know and common issue.
  5. KLM Service

    KLM Service Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for the replies! Just went out and took the knee panel off the dash and looked up underneath the steering column. Found 1 screw out and one very loose. Tightened them up and it works great now. Sure appreciate the info. Bring the snow on!!!! Thanks again.
  6. mrv8outboard

    mrv8outboard Senior Member
    Messages: 205

    NAPA has the parts as well through their Balkamp line. One of the things that cause this is stiffening of the effort to shift. If you all so have this issue replace the range selector switch on the transmission.
    NAPA # 600-2974

  7. silvercity

    silvercity Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    You got it. There are 2 torx head screws that just need to be tightened up very common problem.
  8. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    That's the best kind of fix. No parts bought.
  9. sealer700

    sealer700 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Where exactly are these 2 torx screws?
  10. drp

    drp Senior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 170

    Under the dash just above the steering shaft above the pedals.
  11. tenyearsgone

    tenyearsgone Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the heads up on the screws...they will be checked today. I had a different issue with the shifter on my 02 f-350, the wires that run to the overdrive on/off button at the end of the shift lever shorted out in the column. This short will blow fuse #45 (not properly marked in the owners manual). Fuse #45 controls not only the overdrive but also all the instrumentation and most importantly the GAS PEDAL (which is fly by wire), your truck will idle but no acceleration.
  12. sealer700

    sealer700 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Thanks but mine, as usual, is not the cheap easy fix. I will need the repair kit. Thanks Again
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    I knew someone would. :D Pretty common wear item on an SD plow truck.
  14. drp

    drp Senior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 170

    the OD wires are also fairly common issue.
  15. Tim2734

    Tim2734 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I just fixed this same thing today.
    Found this picture from another website.

  16. ZamboniHDB

    ZamboniHDB Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    The accelerator pedal worked fine when my fuse blew on an '04 F250 6.0PSD. Couldn't find the fuse at the time so, I drove with traffic on a 75 mile trip back to the shop.

    Just my .02¢