Join Date: Jul 2006
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So after years of not letting anybody touch my car, i was forced to pay for an oil change in Leominster, Ma. since I'm still on the road and my tools and such atre in storage. I take my car to a Mobil 1 lube place and get the oil changed, with a free car wash to follow.
After the oil change is done, I get back in the car to pull it into the car wash only to discover that my shifter is flopping all over the place. I holler , or something like that and they claim that it was that way when they pulled it in. I'm reasonable and get them to pull it back onto the lift, to discover that part # 35031 in the diagram is snapped right where the rod connects to the ring that goes over the bushings.
I say, "hey, that's a fluke and just a drag that it broke while you were in the car" just trying to get them to at least be accountable. I'm not looking for a freebie, just honesty. Not going to happen, so I move on, looking for a place that can weld. No dice.
I decide to attempt a Kludge fix with JB Weld because it's Labor Day weekend, so I pull the car onto a curb so I can get under it and work my magic. It only works for a few hours of driving (after letting it set overnight), so I decide to do it "more right" and pull the linkage out through the tunnel (because it's raining like F##K) and get the joint back into place before I JB Weld it again.
I re-install on Tues morning and drive a couple hundred miles around looking at apartments etc. and it seems to be good to go.
BUT NO !! It fails again on wed afternoon. So this morning I checked at the nearest dealership, for the part and have to drive about 40 min. to pick it up from another dealer. Installed it in about 45 minutes on the side of the road, works like new
Anyhoo, the crazy part of this is that the part broke in the first place. Granted the car has 191K of pretty hard miles on it, but it seems so unlikely a thing to snap. I am guilty of resting my hand on the knob, when driving around town, but am otherwise a gentle shifter (hence, having a tranny with 191K on it) What the heck ??
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