What purpose does it serve then? I had the shifter out a few weeks ago when I installed the transmission (broken flexplate). I'm having to do that work over again because my trans is bad... Anyhow, when I pulled the shifter plate up that spring wasn't seated right. If I don't need it then I will leave it out. Thanks.It doesnt really matter. Those things are a real PITA. I say just leave it out. I took mine out.