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Subject: Shift Boot Smoking
When I have had my sunroof open by itself, I have seen smoke coming out from around the shift boot. I took the car to various mechanics, but no one knew what it was.
I finally talked to a friend who had a similar problem, and I found out what it was. The seals on the transmission were leaky, causing the fluid to drip onto the exhaust, which would cause the smoke. If you start seeing smoke or your shift knob begins feeling tight when shifting, you might want to have your fluid checked. Gear lube is another good investment for this problem.