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Old 12-29-2012, 10:02 PM   #8
UnholyPancake
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So I know its been a little bit since you posted your question Southern, but I had the same issue your having and was able to fix it this morning. I could put my truck in "park" and it would shift into reverse, and i had to put it in "1" in order to go into drive. What I ended up having to do was drop the steering column and pull out the transmission shift tube.

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Once I had the shift tube off of the steering column I noticed this:

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One bolt was loose, and one was completely gone. Replaced the missing bolt, added a lock washer to both bolts, put this bad boy back in, and 2 hours from start to finish (autozone run included) my shifter is now as tight as the day I bought the truck.

Let me know if you need any help pulling the steering column, its a pretty easy process if your mechanically inclined. Hope this helps!!!
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