How to Remove a Ford F150 Gear Shift Rod

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How to Remove a Ford F150 Gear Shift Rod
Gear lever Rod is what makes a manual car move from first to second to third and foruth and finally reverse. (wheels and rods image by John Sfondilias from

There are a multitude of parts associated with removal of a Ford F150 gear lever rod. What needs discovering is the hole where the shift rod passes. In order for the gear lever rod to work correctly, the hole must not cause friction as the rod passes the inner area of the housing attached to the fixed unit. The plurality of the balls as they create a rotational motion when the rod shifts is also a place that can cause friction. When friction occurs, the gear lever rod can snap, leaving the rod loose and in need of replacement.

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Things you need

  • Shifter linkage bushings
  • 10mm wrench
  • Large flat head screwdriver
  • Utility knife

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  1. 1

    Crawl under the Ford F150 and look at the transmission driveshaft tunnel, which is a rod approximately 2 feet in length. Take note whether or not the rod is loose on one end and flopping around.

  2. 2

    Turn the locking slide clip that holds the gear selector in place. The clip will end up facing you as you turn it.

  3. 3

    Spread the clip ends open with a screwdriver to push the clip back and disengage the clip from the rod entirely.

  4. 4

    Shake the transmission shifting lever out, then remove the clamping bolt with a wrench. Use a long-handled screwdriver to wiggle the rod from the shifting shaft.

  5. 5

    Find the plastic lever behind the shifting lever, which is the park/neutral safety switch. When reassembling, set the plastic pin in the shifting lever.

  6. 6

    Twist and pull the rod loose and out with forward jerking motions. Once out, remove the rod from the shifting lever and scrap off the bushing with a utility knife. Make sure to clean thoroughly, then press the new bushing back into the shift lever.

Tips and warnings

  • Mark the order of removal of all components as you disassemble to make reassembly easier.
  • Use the emergency brake and place a chock under each wheel of the Ford F150 before you crawl under the vehicle.

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