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Story by Ranger44 (Forum Member)
I noticed it was time to replace my shifter bushing when I could move my shifter side to side almost 3 inches in gear!! That's a lot of slop. I went down to my local ford dealership and bought the following part numbers:
The parts cost about $36.00 w/ tax. You may want to go ahead and replace the inner shift boot (which is another $30 dollars) for it may be worn or torn. This is part # 1L2Z-7277-AA.
MAKE SURE TRANNY IS IN NEUTRAL BEFORE REMOVING INNER SHIFTER....IT WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF HEADACHE.
Shifter Bushings, Washers, Inner Shift Boot, and Pins
1). Remove the 4 screws that hold the the shift boot to the floor. Pull boot up out of the way.
2). Use a 19mm or 11/16 wrench to remove the nut from the slip bolt. Place the nut on the opposite side of the bolt and tighten it to slip the bolt out of the shifter. Now the shifter should be free.
3). Remove inner shift boot. There should be three star bits holding it in place.
4). Gently pry out the top shifter bushing and remove inner shifter.
5). Knock the two pins back and pry the remaining lower bushing out.
6). There should be a plastic bushing, a wavy washer and a flat washer. The wavy washer should have little clips that will clip onto the plastic piece. The flat washer will go in between the wavy washer and bushing.
7). Install the lower bushing, with the wavy washer down.
8). Knock pins back into place, make sure heads are flush.
9). Reinstall the inner shifter.
10). Install upper bushing with the wavy washer up.
11). Reinstall the inner shift boot.
12). Reinstall the shifter and push the slip bolt back through the hole and tighten the nut.
13). Pull the shifter boot back down and tighten the 4 screws.
I noticed that it was much easier to and a much more positive feel to each shift.
The order of parts are from top to bottom wavy washer, flat washer, bushing, bushing, flat washer, then wavy washer.