I purchased a used 5310 a little over a year ago. During freezing conditions, I found that the gear shift lever was not able to be moved. After some research here, I found that a common problem is that the rubber boot that sits on top of the casing that the gear shift lever goes through, will crack and allow water into the casing which subsequently freezes. After looking at my machine, I found that the boot was indeed cracked and probably let water into the casing.
I replaced the boot and then went after removal of the cover plate on the bottom of the gear shift casing to drain the water. After I removed all the bolts, I pried, beat, and banged on that cover plate to no avail. It just will not budge. It looks like there is some kind of sealant/glue holding the cover plate onto the casing that will not let go.
Does anybody have any experience with removing the gear shift casing cover plate that could give me any tips or tricks for getting it loose? Your help is greatly appreciated in advance. Below is a parts diagram with an arrow pointing to the cover plate.