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Old 05-11-2009, 05:46 PM   #1
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Hi, my 97 F150's gear indicator is off by one. you have to feel when your in reverse, neutral, or drive. Is this an easy fix?
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Wish I could help ya man. My father-in-law's truck has the same problem. Its kinda annoying but no big deal.
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The indicator is adjustable unless broken. A tiny cable is connected to the pointer, the other end is adjustable where it mounts to the column. Some have a slotted hole for adj and the later ones have a star wheel that you turn. Its a very simple thing, unless the pointer is broken, then you need to spend money.
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mine done it all that it was is where the little star wheel turns was stripped so i pulled it back and put a ziptie around it and it fixed the best thing to do it find the cable its black and about a foot below the steering wheel there is a little white wheel that sets it if it is broke pull in the cable and see if the orange pointer is broke if it moves tie it back with something
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the indicator moves its just off. How do I get to the pointer, star wheel?
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Take off the lower panel cover, should be right in front of you. Sometimes it was under the wrap around column cover.
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yeah they are i think 6 bolts the easiest way it to take off around the steering colum the are three bolts and the pop off the piece below the spedoo and remove the bolts and and pull it off and your in
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Thanks guys, I really appreciate the info.
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Can you put it in park? Mine was off , but it would not go into park or D-1, I found a loose hex screw gold in color about half way down the steering columb. Just tighten it and all was good.
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Sometimes the spring in the Gear Indicator just gets old.

Me and a friend took my gauge cluster off around the steering column, and took the indicator apart. There is a clear piece of plastic attached to [mine was anyway] orange wire, to a spring.

We just took the hoop off the plastic, tightened the hoop a bit, and all was good.

Really depends on the year, you've got a '97, I've got a '98.
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