Thought I would post one final comment about my transmission issue and
me replacing the manual valve in the transmission. Turns out a local
transmission shop happened to have a used manual valve for my
transmission. He had never heard of one bending before, but he said
there is a first time for everything. The one I got looked brand new
really. No wear at all. In fact there seemed to be none of the teflon
type substance gone either.
Putting it back together took all of about an hour to an hour and a
half, and it is working better now than ever before. It now even has
new fluid and filter, so I got it serviced at the same time.
Figured I would post and let anyone know that strange things do
happen. I am thinking that I bent it when it got locked into park in
below zero degree F day this past winter.
Thanks for listening to my rants, I am now a happy camper!