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How to replace starter switch on Ford 950 (5 speed trans)

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06-07-2009 07:04:10

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I want to replace the push button starter switch on my Ford 950.

I know that I have to remove the top plate on the transmission to remove the old switch but I am hesitant until I know how difficult this will be.

Can I remove the top shift plate on the transmission without fear of damaging the transmission or having parts fall off or move out of position so that I might not be able to get the top plate back on properly?

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06-07-2009 12:36:50

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 Re: How to replace starter switch on Ford 950 (5 speed trans in reply to Ford950, 06-07-2009 07:04:10  
Thanks folks for all your great advice.

"john in la" thanks especially to you for the exploded view of the transmission. That illustration is exactly what I needed and it really helped me to understand what is under the transmission top cover.

I was really timid about pulling the trans top cover to install the switch without knowing what I might wreck in the process. I feel much more brave about tackling the project now, thanks to you all.

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06-07-2009 07:17:13

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 Re: How to replace starter switch on Ford 950 (5 speed tr... in reply to Ford950, 06-07-2009 07:04:10  
The job is pretty simple. Put the trans in neutral, disconnent the wire to the switch, remove the shifter, (be careful to not lose the key or spring), remove the bolts and lift the cover. The switch is retained by a nut on the back side. Be careful not to have any parts laying around that might be knocked into the trans case. You might have a new gasket handy or at least some sealant.

The tricky part is putting the shifter back on with the key and spring. I don't have any tricks to doing this, it just takes some patience. You must hold the spring down, install the key and slide the shifter down on top. Hope this helps.

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06-07-2009 09:21:14

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 Re: How to replace starter switch on Ford 950 (5 speed tr... in reply to GlenIdao, 06-07-2009 07:17:13  
GlenIdao thanks for your reply. May I ask a couple of more questions please?

So I must take the gear shift lever off before I remove the transmission top cover, is that correct?

When I take the gear shift lever off that is when the spring and key comes off, is that that correct?

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06-07-2009 10:15:09

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 Re: How to replace starter switch on Ford 950 (5 speed tr... in reply to Frod950, 06-07-2009 09:21:14  

YES and

The shifter sits on the shifter shaft and is held in place by a nut. Under the shifter is a spring that keeps the shifter pushed up in the netural position and a half moon key that keeps the shifter in line with the shifter shaft.
Remove the nut; pry the shifter up; and you will see the spring and key. Remove these two pieces; unbolt and remove the trans top. The shifter shaft will stay in the trans.

Replace the starter button then reverse above.

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06-07-2009 12:04:30

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 Re: How to replace starter switch on Ford 950 (5 speed tr... in reply to john in la, 06-07-2009 10:15:09  
The spring and woodruff key may try to fly off into the wild blue yonder when you remove the shift handle so be careful. It helps to have another set of hands to put it back together.

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