working on fixing the interior of a 98 SLK230 I just picked up. Pretty sure the shifter is supposed to have a plastic guard inside so I can't see the inner linkage. right? Do they fall apart and retreat into the assembly? or has the previous owner struck again and removed it? the console appears to be have been fed some Cherry Coke once before. on the positive side electronically the shift assembly works fine. thanks in advance for any info.