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I have a 2000 ranger, recently I found a small part on the drivers side floor, It is a approx 3/16 dia, 1.25" long steel pin with small grooves running about 1/4 on one end. At the same time the shifter on the column started acting odd. It seems loose and I sometimes have trouble finding the gears and removing the key. It also allows me to shift out of park without first pulling the lever toward the wheel.
I've removed the plastic covers from the column but I can't figure out where this part needs to be returned to. An exploded diagram of the column would be of great help. Does anyone know where this part goes or where I can find a diagram of the column
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Provide your email addy and I'll send the diagram.

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Thanks for the diagram rewenzing, with it I was able to figure out where to reinstall the pin, thanks again
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Good deal. Glad it worked out.
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I will be replacing bushings tomorrow to fix the loose shifter. How long does it take? and can i get a copy of the diagram?
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The 4 Torx screws that hold the 2 clamps (20) to the column sometimes loosen and fall out. That's what usually causes the sloppy shift lever. Take off the column's plastic trim (2 and 57) and have a look. It might be necessay to remove the knee bolster and its trim under the column, then the four nuts that hold the column to the dash.

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I found the same pin ... the FORD dealer parts department hasnt seen one of those...

The service dept wants $ 65 per hour to look at it... HELP... where did you wind up putting it ???

Thanks for your help... R J
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I found the same pin ... the FORD dealer parts department hasnt seen one of those...

The service dept wants $ 65 per hour to look at it... HELP... where did you wind up putting it ???

Thanks for your help... R J
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See if you can match it to this diagram:
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hello

hello the same pin fell out of m 2000 ford ranger I looked at the diagram but i cant figure out which pin it is what number was the pin and where does it go i need assistance and i toke it up to ford they said it would be 70 dollars just to look at it
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At work we have a 2008 ford ranger. It is used to do rounds at different locations so it gets driven a lot by 13 different people through the week. With what we do it has a lot of wear and tear. Last year we started having trouble with the shifter in the column. It has been "fixed" twice already and the last time I was told it was this little plastic piece that was the problem. Move forward 6 months and now we have to make sure to almost force it into park to make sure it is there. Of course the mechanics we take it to think it needs to have the whole column replaced because they either don't want to find the real problem or they just want more money for replacing the column. I am not supposed to work on the truck, but when I recommended to my boss replacing it (it is 4 and half years old with 95,312 miles) I got the line that he can't get us one because there is no money and excuse after excuse. So I figured I would ask around and see if anyone else had issues like these. It is extra sloppy right now also due to the rubber bushing missing at the base of the shifter as it goes into the column.
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Sounds to me like one or more of those 13 people abuse the **** out of it. Replace it and tell everyone not to treat it like a rental car.
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Provide your email addy and I'll send the diagram.
I have the same problem with my ranger although now only have drive now...have 2 screws and a pin on floor...a diagram of column would be great if you have it...thank you and have a great day
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DO YOU STILL HAVE THAT DIAGRAM? I HAVE A PIN THAT IS DESCRIBED EXACTLY AS YOURS AND MY SHIFTER IS NOW LOOSE WITH OCCASIONAL PROBLEMS GETTING KEY OUT. I HAVE A 2002 RANGER

"I have a 2000 ranger, recently I found a small part on the drivers side floor, It is a approx 3/16 dia, 1.25" long steel pin with small grooves running about 1/4 on one end. At the same time the shifter on the column started acting odd. It seems loose and I sometimes have trouble finding the gears and removing the key. It also allows me to shift out of park without first pulling the lever toward the wheel.
I've removed the plastic covers from the column but I can't figure out where this part needs to be returned to. An exploded diagram of the column would be of great help. Does anyone know where this part goes or where I can find a diagram of the column"

Last edited by DaleB; 08-17-2016 at 11:36 AM. Reason: ADDED INFORMATION
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Help! truck wont go into park (keys stuck) shift linkage?

There are also many exploded diagrams out there. Try Googling "ford ranger steering column diagram" and pick one for your year.
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Trying to send photo of pin that fell out. Not finding diagram that shows this part
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There is a pin that sometimes loosens from the point where the automatic shift lever pivots. This is not a Ranger photo but should be similar:

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/2...12pindrive.jpg
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There's also another pin about halfway along the shift column. Here's an exploded view and a picture of the pin. Base part number is 7W441.
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