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Old 10-25-2012, 07:53 AM
rviper rviper is offline
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Default Screw fell out - Cant put my Ranger in P

I drive a 2003 v6 3.0L XLT Ford Ranger Automatic.

Heres the problem:
This morning when I got in my Ranger, I turned in on and put it in Reverse, and I heard something fall. I look by my feet and its a 1" to 1.5" long Torx screw. So I tried to put my truck in park to see where it came from, but now I cant put my truck in park. My shifter feels wonky and loose now. I can go to the left past Reverse but not all the way over to P, but when I go that direction, I can still turn the truck of and remove the key, but I have to use my E brake. I haven't had time to take a look at it yet ( I will after work). I also found this thread over on the explorer forums
That seems like the case, just wanted to get on here and make sure that would probably be the same fix for my truck. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:30 AM
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Apparently that's it.

Just common sense really.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:45 AM
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Default Re: Screw fell out - Cant put my Ranger in P

ya its very common for those to loosen over time
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:20 PM
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Default Re: Screw fell out - Cant put my Ranger in P

i just fixed mine yesterday... took 5 minutes but if you have been haveing to throw it into park you will be super happy when you tighten them up.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:52 PM
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Default Re: Screw fell out - Cant put my Ranger in P

Appreciate the post on this topic. I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT with 117,000 miles and the same thing happened to me. However it didn't take me 5 minutes to replace the torx screw. I had to remove the plastic and metal panels below the steering column to have a better view of where I was working. I am 6'4" and had to get into an some sort of contorted position with a mirror, shop light, to view what I was doing. I had also had to tape the T30 torx screw to my T30 torx bit ratchet driver while looking into a mirror, while holding a shop light - with a reverse view. From beginning to end was about an hour. It was worth the effort as I didn't realize how loose the shifter was before. It feels like brand new now!

NOTE: If you do this I would suggest putting on a drop of loctite before replacing so you don't have to do this again.
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