I was young and foolish then. Now I'm old and foolish. I never changed it in 2011. Got close to 100,000 miles now. Went through the same procedure, cleaned, a little shot of WD40 under the boot. It moves, but the action seems a little jerky, like it has bad gears or something. 1K9 is hooking me up with one (thanks again @1K9 ! ). If it looks like my current one is bad, I'll do a post mortem on it with pics.