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Old 12-06-2004, 15:41   #1 (permalink)
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XF Ute Steering Column/Selector Issues


Hi Folks,
I have a '88 XF ute (3-in-the-tree) and am experiencing difficulting selecting gears via the column shift. The transmission is ok, but there is a problem in the column. There appears to be a perished bush at the base of the column, between the 1-R and 2-3 selector.

....So can anyone tell me where I can:
A. Find a replacement steering column assembly?
B. Find a bush kit to repair my column?
C. Recommend a local repairer?

I'm in Melbourne, and unfortunately Ford have deleted the column assembly and the bush kit from their spare parts list.

Any help would be great, thanks.
SM
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Re: XF Ute Steering Column/Selector Issues

Pretty sure no-one makes a whole column assembly, but try Bursons for the bushes - you may be lucky. Also check the other nylon bushes in the linkage (I'm assuming it is the same as the earlier Fords).

.....or.....good opportunity to convert to a 5-speed! ;-)
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Re: XF Ute Steering Column/Selector Issues

maybe look around the wreckers for a good one that hasnt done a heap of Kms.
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Re: XF Ute Steering Column/Selector Issues

Trouble getting a gear can just mean its out of adjustment. That's what I have found with my XF Pvan. Having said that, adjusting the thing takes time.

If you think the thing really is worn out/broken, then you have no choice than to hunt around all the wreckers. Last time I broke mine I got another one from Apex Ford Wreckers in Thomastown, was about $100.

I reckon you should try adjusting it before you replace it, as they are getting hard to come by.

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