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 Post subject: How do you fasten the plastic shroud on the EF steering col?
Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:10 am 
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For some reason my plastic shroud has come apart on my steering column. I thought easy, just redo up the screws NAHHHH!!!
The screws are in tight in the bottom half, but has still come away from the top half. Does anyone have a solution, is it just rooted inside, snapped off or does it have to be in a perfect way for screws to go in?
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Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:43 pm 
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Has to be in a perfect way for the screws to fit sungly. Lie underneath it in the drivers footwell compartment and you should get a better view of it from there.
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Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:55 pm 
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I'd say the lug part has snapped off from the top section as well. Same thing happened to mine. Normally, Id replace the whole bit, but since mine is column change i gotta live with it, too hard to find replacements in wreckers. For a floor shift it should be pretty easy to find a new cover

 

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Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 5:22 am 
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Thanks guys.

I checked it out Friday, and yeah, the lugs inside which are so brittle and flimsy it just isn't funny, were broken.
So I got on the horn to Ford spares and it turns out I could order the upper part of the shroud separately it costs, get this, $9.75. For a brown one. I don't get the logic of their pricing sometimes. I remember 2 years ago the whole center console cost me all up $65.00.
Yet a bolt can cost $10.00.

So this leads me to my next question. How the F$%& do you install it without breaking something because f&&^ me I can't seem to be able to master it. The only way I see it being done correctly, is by taking the end part of the ignition barrel off.
Any pointers?
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Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:10 pm 
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Mine isnt on properly, I havent mastered it either. Mine is in tight enough but its not 100% flush, but only I notice it.

WHy is it brown anyway?
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Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 4:41 am 
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Mine isnt on properly, I havent mastered it either. Mine is in tight enough but its not 100% flush, but only I notice it.

WHy is it brown anyway?
Cappuccino 8-)
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Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:02 am 
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You shouldntneed to rempve the ignition barrel or face for memory, ive removed my bottom half before n it took a fuk load of playing around but it went back on properly..
Havent touched the top half; id be inclined to let ford do it so long as they dont rip u as they are very fragile..

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:26 pm 
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The eb one must be indestructible if i can manage to remove the thing :D

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:46 pm 
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They are bastards to get off. I broke mine when I took it off. As far as I remember I was also surprised to find out how cheap they are from Ford too. I think I got quoted $25 for the upper and lower parts.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:39 am 
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There probably that cheap because Ford probably sells 100,000 of the f**k anually.
You'd have to be pretty f*&%ing good to be able to re-assemble the bottom part of the shroud without chipping, or breaking anything. I knew I should have ordered 5!
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