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Gear shift fell out

The gear shift on my Kirby Ultimate G fell out. I'm talking about the gray and yellow foot switch on the back of the vacuum body where you switch it between neutral and drive (depending on if you're using the hose or the carpet attachment).
How do I re-attach it? When put the shaft back in the hole there doesn't seem to be anything that moves or grips.
I was going to take it apart, but I don't have a full set of allen wrenches, so either I just don't have the right one or Kirby has custom sized screws.
Initially it was in neutral when it first came off, but it seems to have switched itself to drive, so the vacuum is essentially unusable without the carpet attachment.

HELP!

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This is an easy fix you do not have to fully remove transmission it does help to lower it down by removing screws. Then try to get the right angle and realign the splines I have fixed mine twice, the second time I put thread locker on it and have not had any problem. Steve

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Take it to a vacuum store. Don't try fixing this yourself. You will be sorry. Pay a professional for this one. It is fixable, so don't worry. The thing is, it has to be put back at the right angle or the transmission won't work

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