Re: Fix for shifter button that pops off.
I may be wrong, but proper button replacement requires removing the shifter -- which seems like an onerous job. Also, my LX has a leather wrapped shifter handle. The leather would need to be removed (destroyed).
I was unable to find the correct part for my '94 Bird, but I did find a button for the '97 Bird (F7SZ-7C488-AA). The '97 part is different but with minor surgery it can be modified to work on a '94. The '97 button also has a thinner shaft. The fit is a bit loose (side to side), but it works. I may try this again and add plastic to the sides of the shaft to give it a better fit.
I've been driving for over a month with the new button without any issues -- no jamming, no popping out. The old button was popping out about once a week.
1) Pull out old button.
2) Cut a V notch in the new button (see photo), so it can be pushed onto shifter shaft.
3) Cut away extra plastic on the '97 part (see photo).
4) Put old spring on new button.
5) Insert modified button into handle and push onto shaft.
6) You're done.
Cut away extra plastic.