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Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 22:41:29 -0400
From: Hans Lellelid <hplnospam>
Subject: gear shifter broke!

Hi - The gear shifter just broke in my '91 900S on my way home. I was shifting up quickly through a particular stretch of road -- but not applying any truly unusual pressure -- and then all of a sudden the gear shifter started "bending". I could still shift gears but everything was really exaggerated. Luckly I was close to home so I pulled in and in my parking spot wiggled the shifter around a bit to see what was up (thinking maybe something had become dislodged). It then just snapped -- right at the base where the metal meets the ball part. Glad that happened while parked. It does seem that with such a long shifter there'd be a lot of torque there, but still couldn't believe the metal pipe broke. Has anyone had anything like this happen? I'm thinking of trying to find a piece in a salvage yard, but if this piece just gets brittle and snaps with age I might be better off trying to find a new one. I did see one old (2001) post to this board describing exactly the same thing with the same car ('91 900), so I'm wondering if it is particular to the newer gear shifters. (I understand the dimensions changed a bit at some point -- '88?) Cheers, Hans

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