UPDATE: Lots of info I hope will help others, and me.
I was able find a donor shift lever assembly at a local U-Pull and U-Pay lot (see pic A below) off a 2020 donor for $20. Alot of the good parts gone, but lever there! Was a 2010 and that plastic wasnt broken (and newer by 5 years so maybe 5 more yrs until it breaks). Also have a spare bushing should that become an issue like it is so for many. There were a bunch on ebay also but they were $75-150$.
At first I was just going to pull the large bottom pin that holds the main black plastic shifter piece (see B and C below) and replace just that entire plack piece compoentns. But I could not get that pin lock ring off for nothing (see D). So as I started to bend and damage it I realized that if I cant get this one off the one in my 2005 is going to be just as hard, and wasnt sure if once I got it off it would have enough integrity to be used again. Additionally, there seems to be a lock screw of some kind on the bottom of large black plastic shifter compoennt as well (see E). And I can imagine it has a very specific location that could be painful to replciate trying to swap them out. So going to just try and repalce the entire assembly. Hope to do that this weekend.
- Assuming this could happen again, do you think it would help to put a layer of JB Weld on the metal pins plastic weak spot (see F)?
- Is there any precision adjustability to how the the shifter cable is attached to assembly? On my 2005, there are no markigns for how tight to tighted the cable screw top on the assembly. On the 2010 donor there are factory marks indicating soemthign (probably dont tighten the top screw cap beyond this point (see G).
- When I put her all back together, do I need to be button her up in Park, or does it not matter?
Sorry for all the detail, but hoping this will help someoen else in the future.