First up, thanks for all the great info in these forums... Second, did I just kill my gearbox? Last week, I suddenly lost the ability to select 2nd, 4th, and 6th without holding the stick all the way back while releasing the clutch. I started researching online, and found a simple gear linkage realignment may be the solution. I followed someone's suggested post, and studied the Diesel Geek video at: After removing the gaiter (which was a pain), I followed Jim's suggestion to use a 3/16" drill bit to lock the shift rod in place. I had some issues getting the transmission locked into the "home" position. When I went back to check on the gear stick, my fiddling with the transmission must have jiggled the drill bit loose, and I coudn't find it anywhere. I assumed the drill bit fell all the way into the hole, but I couldn't see it with a flashlight. I didn't expect that lock hole to be so deep, so my question is: Where does that hole go? If I assume the bit fell all the way down the hole, is it going into the shift assembly? I'm worried to test the shift mechanism now, let alone fire up the car and take her for a test drive. Can anyone confirm whether my car is safe to drive, or do I have to start disassembling the console until I can find the bit? Help!