Stick. And I did remove the shifter recently, because the transmission was making weird sounds. And it wouldn't move when I put it into gear. So I took the transmission out, and that is when I found that little pin, and also some shavings that were metal.
I'm not sure how much more help I can be. Transmissions aren't my specialty. Try posting a pic, hopefully someone will recognize it. Try leaving some more info on your trans as well. My first thought was that you have the Mazda M5OD, but I just read back and it doesn't mention specifically.
I concur, go to dealer, even if you don't have the part to show him, their parts room computer has the diagrams you seek. Just be sure to get the trans. door code to correctly I.D. your tranny. Sounds like mazda 5 speed to me, too.
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