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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Broken string on shift indicator for AT on 98 Ranger

The string has broken on the shift indicator on my 98 Ranger with automatic. Before I tear the dash apart, can the string be replaced, or do I have to get a whole new shift indicator? Scruffybeast
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 08:40 PM
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Re: Broken string on shift indicator for AT on 98 Ranger

The string actually disconnects from the panel if I remember correctly. You may want to take the front panel off and see if it just came disconnected. If not, you should be able to pick up a new cord from a junkyard fairly cheaply (would also give you a good idea how it goes together without having to tear yours apart).


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Re: Broken string on shift indicator for AT on 98 Ranger

I have been thiniking of switching to an instrument cluster with a tach. Since the shift indicator is pricey, now would be a good time to make the switch. I understand that the cluster from Explorers and Mountaineers are a plug and play switch. I think it needs to be a 6 cyl. since mine is a 6. Anybody out there got a cluster for sale? (with a good indicator and string, of course) Scruffybeast. - My truck is a 98 with 3.0 and automatic.
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Re: Broken string on shift indicator for AT on 98 Ranger

I had the cluster out of my last truck (96 Mazda B3000) because the drive gear for the odometer had failed - (a common failure in Florida since the gear is plastic) I pulled the whole thing, but I think the shift indicator may be removable without pulling the cluster. Might be necessary to drop the column for access. In any case, as I stated in another post, Now would be a good time for me to swithch out the cluster for one with a tach, which I have been thinking about doing that for some time. The shift indicator only comes from the dealer with the string attached. The string is not serviced separately. Ford price for the set $45! I haven't had much luck finding clusters in U Pull It yards in this area. They are already pulled or have been destroyed by ripping into them without pulling the cluster. The already pulled price from a regular yard is always 50% of retail. I don't even want to know what that would be! Scruffybeast
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Re: Broken string on shift indicator for AT on 98 Ranger

An Explorer, Mountaineer, and some SportTrac clusters will work.

Have you checked eBay for prices?

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