1994 Ford F150 Gear Shift


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Old 07-22-21, 02:11 PM
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1994 Ford F150 Gear Shift

Our gear shift on our truck is starting to get some play in it and we have had a mechanic "tighten" it. Our concern is that this may break someday and cause us to be stuck. Should that be a concern.
 
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Old 07-22-21, 03:01 PM
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I would not be concerned. Your gear shift inputs are transferred to the transmission via a braided cable. Over time the cable with stretch slightly, or the rubber mounts will compress. It's doubtful that it will break because it is stronger than it needs to be. If you are concerned though, you can ask your mechanic to replace the cable. The cable itself is around $40 and the labor should not be more than an hour.
 
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Old 07-22-21, 05:34 PM
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The question I have here is, is this a manual or automatic transmission shifter? If its manual, its not going to be a cable AFAIK. Its should be linkages.
The other thing depends on where the slack is & what the mechanic "tightened". So the question is, what exactly has slack in it?
I'm wondering if he tightened a bushing in a collar or something.?
 
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Old 07-23-21, 06:11 AM
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Thank you for the input. They tightened it so it is firmer, harder to switch gears but it still has the play in it. It makes it hard to tell which gear you are in so we have been in 2 while we thought we were in drive.
 
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Old 07-23-21, 06:36 AM
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I often put it in drive without ever looking at the gear indicator. Drive is always just past neutral. You can feel the difference between neutral and drive - don't have to look.
 
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Old 07-23-21, 12:49 PM
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I am more concerned since my wife has complained. This problem just started a few months ago but is getting worse by the week. Could it be fixed for any amount.
 
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Old 07-24-21, 08:55 AM
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Hi, is this a standard or automatic transmission?
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Old 07-24-21, 09:17 AM
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It makes it hard to tell which gear you are in so we have been in 2 while we thought we were in drive.
Sounds like an automatic and I think it is loose bolts on the shifter under the dash. I had that happen on my 2000 F150. Here is a link to youtube video explaining what I think is the problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKqiDy_Po2M
 
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It is an automatic just to verify. Will check out the video, thank you.​
 
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Old 07-28-21, 12:08 PM
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Just as an update, that did the trick, like new.
 
 

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