Ford Shift Tube Replacement Instructions: Comprehensive Guide on Assembly Removal, Disassembly, and Reinstallation

How to Remove and Replace the Steering Column Shift Tube Assembly on a Ford Ranger

Are you having trouble shifting gears on your 2001 Ford Ranger? The issue might lie with the steering column shift tube assembly. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of removing and replacing this crucial component of your vehicle’s gear system.

Removing the Steering Column Shift Tube Assembly

First, it’s important to disconnect the vehicle’s battery to ensure safety when working with airbag or SRS components. After this, you’ll proceed to remove the tilt column lever, knee panel, metal brace, and nuts securing the column. Carefully lower the column and remove the boot over the gear selector to access the shift tube assembly.

Disassembling the Shift Tube Assembly

Removing the spring collar, pin, and gear selector will allow you to access the shift tube and plunger. If you’re replacing just the plunger or the tube, you can now slide the plunger out and prepare for the installation of the new parts.

Installing the New Shift Tube Assembly

Coat the new plunger with grease and install it into the shift tube. Reassemble the components that were removed from the old assembly onto the new one. Once this is done, carefully reinstall the shift tube into the steering column and reassemble the gear selector, boot, and other components that were removed.

Reassembling the Steering Column

After completing the replacement of the shift tube assembly, it’s vital to check the alignment of the shift indicator needle. Adjust it as needed and then proceed to reassemble the steering column, knee panel, and other components that were removed at the beginning of the process.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to effectively remove and replace the steering column shift tube assembly on your Ford Ranger, ensuring smooth and reliable gear shifting for your vehicle.

What vehicle is the tutorial for?

The tutorial is for a 2001 Ford Ranger, but the information is the same for 1995 to 2007 Rangers and is similar to many other Ford vehicles.

What tools are needed for the repair?

You will need an 8 millimeter socket and ratchet, Phillips head screwdriver, 7 millimeter socket and ratchet, 13 millimeter socket, wrench, flat blade screwdriver, small hammer, T30 Torx bit and ratchet, pliers, and needle nose pliers.

How should you handle components of the airbag or SRS system?

When working with or around any components of the airbag or SRS system, be sure to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery and allow the modules inside of the vehicle to fully power off for 30 minutes. Always be cautious around the components for power or static charges.

Where can I find the parts for the repair?

You can find the parts for the repair at The link to the parts is available in the video description.

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