Today I found out that a shifter has a life span of approx 43 years. Threw it in reverse to leave work and the lever rotated freely in my hand. Peeled back the boot and saw that the metal base had “torn” at the top of the joint. Very strange for the metal to fatigue and separate the way it did. I was expecting to find the weld to be broken at the lever and ball joint at the base. At least it didn’t happen while I was driving and far from home.
Decided to push it in the warehouse and will spend tomorrow’s lunch break installing a new-used one from EASY. Such is life.
EDIT: Found a pic to show where the metal had fatigued and split – see red line.