Auto Button Repair
The part that pushes the switch that activates the automatic function is quite fagile and can break under use or if you attempt to remove the gearknob whilst pressing the button. The repair is fairly easy.
Rick sent me an email asking if I had information on fixing the auto button. I didn't have such info so I got mine, broke it and repaired it for the site.
Remove the gear knob by pulling it directly upward. Do NOT push the button as you pull the knob, you can break it even more.
You have to lever the button out using a very thin watch screwdriver. You will see that the clips are off centre, careful not to damage anything.
This is how the button should look, the longer section pushes the auto button. This section should be 3mm longer than the shorter section that holds the spring.
Flatten the end of the damage out with a file or a piece of sand paper. Get a small drill bit and drill down the centre of whatever is left of the prong.
You will need a panel pin, every one has one laying about somewhere. Make sure you drill the hole slightly larger than the nail going into it.
Use some decent contact adhesive and glue the nail into the hole. When the glue has fully dried, clip it down to length with a pair of pliers.
I finished it off by wrapping the repaired area with heat shrink to strengthen it.
Refit the button, now you can see that when the button is pushed the new repaired section enters the internal part of the knob to push the switch.
Replace the gear knob and test. Do not press the button as you replace the knob.