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Old 02-10-2018, 10:10 PM
jsflynn603 jsflynn603 is offline
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Default Shift indicator broken Ranger 2wd, plain Jane

My shift indicator leans way over to the right and does not move shifting from Park to drive at all.

Anyone know if this is an easy fix or a difficult one?

Yes, I know it's pretty easy to live with, but still.
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:44 AM
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Default Re: Shift indicator broken Ranger 2wd, plain Jane

Ummh, a clue about vintage would be helpful in some situations.

If you have a column shifter with an indicator in the instrument cluster, there is likely a small cable within a sheath that has failed. It clips onto a bit of the shift lever under the column cover, and ends up at the other end attached to a delicate bit of work that resides inside the cluster. They seem able to fail for no apparent reason, leaving the indicator 'wherever'.
Otherwise, it may be electronic, and that would point to the MLPS - manual lever position sensor - attached to the transmission. Could be corroded, loose or broken wires, or ???.
If it is the selector on a console or floor shifter, take it apart and find what broke.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:17 PM
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Default Re: Shift indicator broken Ranger 2wd, plain Jane

Some great repair video's on YouTube.
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:00 PM
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Silly me, it's a 2010. If that helps. It sounds like a "do NOT take it to a dealer" issue... $1000+ repair...eek.

Yes, it is a column shifter. I've pulled dashboards apart over the decades--none have been fun.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:30 AM
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The actual repair is not that hard if it is anything like other FoMoCo products. Just remove the upper column plastic cover(likely 3 fasteners from the bottom and maybe a clip to align), wiggle out of place. You should see a slim plastic cable sheath, likely white plastic, that has a 'fishing line' diameter single cable inside. It has a hook on one end, maybe both I don't remember, that attaches to a spring loaded thingy that moves the indicator in the cluster, the other end attaching to the shift lever linkage. When you move the lever, you pull on the cable, against spring load, and the indicator in the cluster moves to un-cover the gear selected. Move the lever back to Park, and the sliding cover moves under spring power to display P. Unless they flip-flopped the spring loading so it goes the other way. Been too long.
Just disconnect either end, and thread the new cable or assembly in place. Now that I think a bit more, it's possible the cable & display 'letters' are made of one piece, and you have to remove the cluster to gain access to replace it. Recent vintage clusters seem a lot easier to remove than older ones. FWIW, I can remove an Escape cluster in less than 5 minutes...
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