Shift lever fell off!

yticolev

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Manual transmission, 21,000 miles. Pulling out of a parking lot, the foot portion of the lever just fell off. I was able to recover the bolt (5mm Allen) and screw it in by hand. Completely dry, perhaps assembly line depends on proper torque rather than Loctite. Made it to an auto parts store to borrow the tool and purchased some blue thread locker.

Just an FYI and probably a one off, but you may want to wiggle your shift lever once in a while as part of your pre-ride. It would have been quite the hassle if it had fallen off on the highway.
 
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