You don't have to replace the whole column, just the arm. You can get the part(s) from Ford, but the column requires disassembly to replace said arm and/or switch. I bought the parts from Ford and had a garage do the hard part to the tune of about $225. If you feel up for that column replacement route and have the stuff to do it, go for it. I'm just telling what happened with the "repair" option.
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