Hi Scotty,

I have a 97 explorer 4.0 v6. The shifter is extremely tight and sloppy. Had my mechanic look at it and he disconnected the shifter from the transmission and said it was just as tight, and suggested that the shifter assembly is likely just very tight. He greased it all down. It's still tight but loosens up a little sporadically. Could it be the bushings on the inside of the shifter, or is it just going to stay hard/sloppy to shift?

just live with it a 21 year old explorer will just be that way, just worked on one yesterday just like that

Fair enough, thanks for the feedback. It's a backup vehicle-- I'll put a cheater bar in it so my wife can shift it in case of an emergency. Great youtube channel and website, thank you for the work you do.