yo, is it #28 in this diagram by Ford via Steve83?
If so, Yes..prob is the issue
inspect items #26, 27, 28
, & 34 in this diagram for looseness:
Items #26 & 34 are known to get loose; #28 is known to wear.
Items #19 & 25 are known to break, and Ford offers upgraded versions.
For more info, see this page:
1 Driver Side Air Bag Module 043B13
2 Steering Wheel Pad Horn Switch 13A80
3 Steering Wheel Bolt N804385-S100
4 Steering Wheel 3600
5 Air Bag Module Retaining Nuts 621903 (N805572-S36)
6 Screw, Clock Spring 390345-S36
7 Air Bag Sliding Contact (Clock Spring) 14A664
8 Turn Indicator Cancel Cam 13318
9 Bearing Retainer, Upper 3C610
10 Steering Column Upper Shroud 3513
11 Steering Column Upper Bearing Spring 3520
12 Steering Column Bearing Sleeve 3518
13 Steering Column Bearing Tolerance Ring 3L539
14 Steering Column Bearing 3517
15 Shroud Retaining Screws 55929-S2 (4 used)
16 Multi-Function Switch (MFS) 13K359
17 Screw, MFS 390345-S36
18 Steering Column Lock Actuator Lever Pin N805857
19 Column Shift Selector Lever Plunger 7361 (Automatic Only)
20 Tilt Wheel Handle and Shank 3F609
21 Steering Column Release Lever 3D544
22 Gearshift Lever 7210 (Automatic Only) may include TCS & TCIL (Electronic Automatic Only)
-- Steering Column Shifter Opening Weather Seal 3530 (Automatic Only, Not Available)
23 Gearshift Selector Tube Spring 7379 (Automatic Only)
24 Gearshift Lever Pin 7G357 (Automatic Only)
25 Transmission Column Shift Selector Tube 7212 (Automatic Only)
26 Screw, Shift Tube Clamp N806584 (Automatic Only)
27 Gearshift Tube Clamp 7E400 (Automatic Only)
28 Gearshift Lever Socket Bushing 7335 (Automatic Only)
29 Transmission Shift Selector Position Insert 7A216 (Automatic Only)
30 Screw, Actuator N806584 (Automatic Only)
31 Shift Lock Actuator 3Z719 (Automatic Only)
32 Shift Cable and Bracket 7E395 (Automatic Only)
33 Transmission Selector Lever Arm and Support 7302 (Automatic Only)
34 Screws, Arm N806584 (Automatic Only)
35 Gearshift Lever Interlock Pawl (Automatic Only)
36 Interlock Pawl Pin 7W441 (Automatic Only)
37 Transmission Control Selector Lever Spring Clip 7C464 (Automatic Only)
38 Wiring Shield 14A099 (Electronic Automatic Only)
39 Pivot Bolts N806582
40 Steering Column Lock Pawl 3E691
41 Steering Column Instrument Panel Bracket 3676
42 Steering Column Lower Bearing Retainer 3D681
43 Screws, Retainer N806583-S36
44 Steering Column Bearing Sleeve 3518
45 Steering Column Bearing Tolerance Ring 3L539
46 Steering Column Lower Bearing Spring 3520
47 Steering Angle Sensor Control Ring 3C131
48 Steering Column Lower Bearing 3517
49 Lower Bearing Housing Retaining Screws N806583-S36
50 Lower Column Mounting Nuts N806423 (4 used)
51 Wiring Harness Retainer 14A163
52 Parking Brake Release Vacuum Hose Extension 2B654
53 Steering Actuator Housing 3F723
54 Steering Column Lock Lever Pin 3B663
55 Screw, Switch (Tamper Torx Head) N806584-S36
56 Ignition Switch 11572
57 Steering Column Position Spring 3D655
58 Steering Shaft Assembly 3524
59 Steering Column Lock N805856
60 Steering Column Lock Lever 3D653
61 Steering Column Lock Lever Lower Actuator 3E715
62 Steering Column Lock Spring 3E696
63 Steering Column Lock Pawl 3E691
64 Steering Column Lock Lever Upper Actuator 3E715
65 Steering Column Lock Cam 3E695
66 Wiring Harness Retainer 14A163
67 Steering Column Tilt Flange Bumper 3D656
68 Steering Column Position Lock Spring 3B768
69 Steering Column Lower Shroud 3530
70 Steering Column Lock Gear 3E717
71 Steering Column Lock Cylinder Housing 3511
72 Steering Column Lock Housing Bearing 3E700
73 Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder 11582
74 Bearing Retainer 3C610
75 Bolt, Shaft N803942-S100 (4 used)
76 Screw, Brush 390345-S2
77 Wiring Harness Retainer 14A163
78 Speed Control Brush 9C899
79 Steering Column Lock Actuator Lever Pin 3F530
80 Key Release Lever Spring 3F532
81 Steering Column Key Release Lever 3F527
82 Steering Column Lock Actuator Cover 3E745
83 U-Joint 3N725
84 Lower Steering Column Shaft Extension Assy. 3B676
85 Steering Column Gear Input Shaft & Coupling 3A525
86 Steering Shaft U-Joint Shield 3F540 (2 used)
Install transmission column shift selector tube (column shift only). Coat gearshift lever socket bushing (7335) with Ignition Lock Grease F0AZ-19584-A or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESA-M1C232-A. Tighten screws to 7-11 Nm (62-97 lb-in).
Shift Cable Adjustment
CAUTION: Under no circumstances should the cable be adjusted in any position other than D (drive) for the C6 transmission (7003) or (D) (overdrive) for the E4OD transmission.
1. From inside the vehicle, place the transmission range selector lever in the DRIVE position (C6) or the OVERDRIVE position (4R70W and E4OD). Hang an improvised three-pound weight (#1) on the transmission range selector lever (#2).
2. Raise vehicle on a hoist and position suitable safety stands under vehicle.
3. Remove the shift cable (#5) from the transmission lever ball stud.
4. Pull down the lock tab on the shift cable body.
5. Position the transmission range selector lever (#2) in the DRIVE position (C6) or the OVERDRIVE position (E4OD). This is three detents from the front-most lever position with the first position counting as one.
6. Connect the cable end fitting to the transmission lever ball stud.
7. Push up on the lock tab to lock the cable in the correctly adjusted position.
8. Remove safety stands and lower vehicle from hoist. Remove the three-pound weight from the transmission range selector lever.
9. After making the adjustment, check for park engagement. Check the transmission range selector lever in all detent positions with the engine (6007) running to make sure correct detent/transmission actions. Readjust if necessary.
Shift Indicator Cable
1. Remove the four screws from the lower steering column shroud. Remove the lower steering column shroud.
2. Rotate transmission range selector lever clockwise until it bottoms out in first gear.
3. Rotate transmission range selector lever counterclockwise three detents (overdrive position).
4. Hang a three pound weight on the transmission range selector lever.
5. Center pointer in the middle of D if equipped with C6 transmission, or (D) if equipped with E4OD transmission, by rotating the thumbwheel located on right-hand side of steering column actuator housing.
For more info, see these photos & diagrams:
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Disassembly & Assembly in a 2000 Mustang; steering column parts- specifically the bearing sleeves and collars...found pics- from a Mustang but it's the same column internals. This is an excellent write-up for working on the steering column including the ignition actuator; BTW- to pull the steering wheel in the late models, a 2-jaw puller is needed. There are no holes to thread in the usual bolts for a steering wheel puller..."
Source: by Dustin S (Dustball, Mellow Yellow, Mr. Laser Boy) at FSB