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My gearshift lever is getting loosey goosey. It is a 3000 with 8 speed. About 10-12 years ago, I could not shift it at all. I had a mechanic come out and pull the shifter plate. As I recall, he found a broken pin about 5/16" X 2" long. He replaced it with a cutoff bolt and it shifted as good as new. The pin is probably worn and about to break again. Even though I watched him fix this, I don't remember exactly what it looks like in there and what he did. Is this a straight forward fix that I can do? Do I leave the tractor in neutral, remove the bolts and pull out the plate?
 

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Welcome aboard Bighoss! The Ford experts I'm sure will chime in shortly and if you get a chance slide down to the "around the campfire" board and say hi to everyone :D
 

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yep.. that pin sets in a groove in the shifter assy.

check out your explode dparts digram to see a pic of it.

for sure a straight forward fix.

ps.. pulling hte trans top is no biggie either.. just shift both sticks to neutral and disconnect the wires for the NS switch and carefuly pry it up. there may be a locating spring inthe rear.. but it should stay put..
 
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