Last night I serviced the shifter with a complete kit.
DO NOT use a hairband to repair anything on your car. I know it’s a hairdressers car and all but still… Guessing a previous owner had the centre console off to do something unrelated and noticed the shifter boot had started to split. What does he do? Why, take a hairband out of his long flowing hair and bam! Instant repair. No.
This was the state of the washer that sits in the turret. It was literally sitting IN the turret which just happened to be bone dry. Yep, not a drop of oil in there. If I had to guess, the oil simply evaporated. Surprisingly the shifting didn’t really indicate a problem. Feels much better now though.