Car has a cable driven transmission shifter. The shift lever moves, but
somewhere between the shift lever and the cable head under the dash, the
mechanism is broken. Does anyone know what this is likely to be? Is it
hard to replace this linkage? Will I have to remove the Air Bag and
There is a shift tube that runs down the steering column. The problem is
the tube has broken. It souunds like you have verified that the cable is
but the lower end of the shift tube is not moving, correct? The shift tube
will be a
It's not a difficult repair, and yes the airbag will have to be removed. It's
like a can full of toy snakes, you just need to handle it properly.
Disconnect the battery for 1\2 hour or so before starting the job. The air bag
attached to the steering wheel with 4 nuts or screws on the back side of the
Remove the fasteners, pull the assembly off of the wheel and unplug the
It's not made of glass or nitroglycerine. Just set it on your work bench out of
way. Make sure th lock the column before removal so as not to damage the
assembly for the airbag. It is directly under the steering wheel and took the
the sliding horn\cruise control contacts in older vehicles.
Remove the steering column from the vehicle, IIRC the shift tube is held to
column with 2 clamps and a couple of brackets. A copy of the factory shop manual
be pretty handy for this repair. Here's a link to downloadable CD images of Ford
service manuals. The oldest is 1992, that will be close enough for most repairs
your car. http://www.jonheese.com/fordcds /
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