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How To Install 1979-86 Mustang Automatic Shifter Bezel Seal

Created by Taylor Ward
Last Updated 7/23/2021

Check out LMR's article on how to install the automatic shifter bezel seal on your 1979-86 Fox Body Mustang. This covers the shifter removal & install.

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This rubber seal for 1979-86 Fox Body Mustangs often becomes brittle due to heat from under the transmission tunnel or heat in the interior. This is the rubber that seals the automatic shifter handle that sticks up through on the center console. Keep noise and debris to a minimum with LMR's 5.0 Resto direct replacement shifter seal!

Depending on what year model car you have there are 2 different types of automatic t-handles for 1979-1986 Fox Body Mustangs. Below we have included the steps needed on how to remove them as well as how to install your new shifter bezel seal.


  1. Before you begin you will want to either chock the tires or set the parking brake on the vehicle. You will have to put the shifter in neutral to perform this replacement and the car could roll if you don't take the proper precautions.

  2. Remove the handle. This is held on by set screws on the early cars and plastic spring retainers on 84-86 cars. On the 84-86 use a small pick and apply upward pressure on the handle itself and the fingers will release.
  3. 79-82 Mustang Models

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    84-86 Mustang Models

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  4. Remove the console trim plate. Pry the forward most side up to release the retaining tabs and once release slide the whole plate forward to release the rear tabs.
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  6. Remove the 4 retaining screws holding the shift bezel on the shifter.
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  8. Flip the bezel over to reveal the shifter rod seal location.
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  10. Use a pick to disengage retainers used to hold the seal in place.
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  12. Re-install the seal and use a small socket to press retainer tabs back into place.
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That's it! Once you are finished, just reverse all the steps to re-assemble the Mustang as it was when you started the project. We hope this install has solved any issues that you may have when installing your 79-86 Fox Body Mustang Automatic Shifter Bezel Seal.


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79-86 Mustang Automatic Shifter Bezel Seal