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Old 10-29-2010, 08:29 AM
oldcar39 oldcar39 is offline
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As you can see I'm a newbie, and a new owner of a 63 hardtop. My car has the common problem of dropping out of park. Before I found this forum, I called Larry's Thunderbird parts, and asked him what typically caused the problem. They told me it was normally the collar bearing at the bottom of the steering column near the gearbox. There doesn't seem to be any plan in the column shaft, so I'm thinking it's probably the detent plate and/or shifter. Is there a good way to determine if the collar bearing is bad without taking out the complete column. This looks to be a pretty big job, which I prefer not to do especially since the detent plate seems to be much simpler to do. Appreciate your help.
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