My Gear Stick
Posted 02 May 2008 - 10:52 AM
Posted 03 May 2008 - 12:45 PM
Posted 05 May 2008 - 06:41 PM
Here it is below mate.
Part No: 1142069 - �2.82 +VAT
Remove cup front cup holder plastic bottom bits.
Remove rear centre ashtray thing.
Remove little plastic round screw cover from under rear centre ashtray.
Unclip the gearstick leather (with plastic bracket - just fiddle and pull) and unscrew the gearknob and take both off.
Now the handbrake.
Unclip the leather handbrake surround and slide up and over the handbrake.
Unscrew the two screws where the cup holders were and the one under the ashtray and keep 'em safe.
Now you've got to pull the handbrake all the way as far as it will go or you wont be able to life the centre console over the top of it properly.
If you cant get the console over the handbrake then pull the brake some more.... I was surprised at how much i had to do this.
Now you can have a look at the problem. If you move the gear stick around it becomes clear where the 'spring' is and how you can get to it.
From memory, I then took out the three screws that were holding the main plastic surround in place.
When this main black plastic bit is loose then you'll be able to twist it around and pull it out completely.... then you can get to the spring, which looks alot like the one you bought from the Ford dealer for a little over �3.
Just grease the new part like the old one was. I used the same grease from the old part (looks like lard), and fit it where the old one was...
The next bit is tricky as you will have to work out where the main black plastic thing fits back in (you removed 3 screws earlier), this is what took me some time, other wise the job is done is less than 10 mins. Anyway, the black plastic thing has to fit back in like it was but along with the new spring. If you fiddle for a very short time and think logically, you'll do it..
Anyway, you'll know that it's all back together when you can feel the spring working properly when you move the gearstick slightly....dont move it too much as the black plastic thingy isn't screwed in yet....it may be of help to hold the black plastic thing while checking it's all together right.
Anyway, it worked quite well for me, and I then put all the screws back and cliped everything back in, in reverse order to how we took it apart.
It's a shame I dont have a digital camera, or I would have taken some photo's of the black plastic thingy....
Trust me, you'll know it when you see it...just unscrew it.
About �60-70 saved.
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