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Column shifter loose

How do you adjust the column shift on a 2000 f250 Auto.
Its causing the interior light to stay on in Drive and the the locking out the starter in Park. Its a friends truck. My 2004 had the same problem, but the dealer fixed it under warranty.
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I would start by taking the bottom cover off of the column to see if there is an adjustment point there. If not look on the transmission and check there. If not you may have to replace the cable. Just some ideas to start with until someone hopefully comes along that has done it. Chris

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There are two plastic bushings that are on the steering column that the shift linkage rod travels through. There are two metal brackets that hold the rod down and the bushings are under these brackets. They are held in by 2 T25 torx bolts. You will need to take out the 4 15mm nuts that secure the column to the body. Let the column drop down and you will see what I am talking about. I just changed them in my wifes 03 X. Takes about 10 minutes. PM me if you need any more info.
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What he said above, but what i would look at first before removing anything is this. get a flashlight and look under dash at the very end of the column, just above your steering shaft you will find the met bracket where your shift cable mounts to the shift linkage. ( you can wiggle your shift lever while looking up there to find the end of the shift linkage )

This bracket is mounted by 2-T30 torx bolts. These 2 bolts have been known to rattle loose and cause sloppy shifting and hard to shift or find correct gears etc... Dont take both bolts out because there is a spring behind that bracket. Either tighten both bolts up, or remove one bolt and install loc-tite and tighten, then do the same to the other bolt. I usually just tighten them both up though. I see this problem more than i see the bushings mentioned above fail but i have done plenty of both.

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What he said above, but what i would look at first before removing anything is this. get a flashlight and look under dash at the very end of the column, just above your steering shaft you will find the met bracket where your shift cable mounts to the shift linkage. ( you can wiggle your shift lever while looking up there to find the end of the shift linkage )

This bracket is mounted by 2-T30 torx bolts. These 2 bolts have been known to rattle loose and cause sloppy shifting and hard to shift or find correct gears etc... Dont take both bolts out because there is a spring behind that bracket. Either tighten both bolts up, or remove one bolt and install loc-tite and tighten, then do the same to the other bolt. I usually just tighten them both up though. I see this problem more than i see the bushings mentioned above fail but i have done plenty of both.
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