The reason why I ask is mine was giving me problems a few months back. You would swing the lever and nothing would grab. The lever took its full travel and nothing happened. I asked about this problem on this board and found a very simple fix.
I flooded the shifter mechanism with wd-40 to clean the grease out. The grease hardens inside the shifter over time and doesn't let the paws(sp?) grab.
If this is your problem, try it. Mine works perfectly! I put a little teflon lube in it after it had been cleaned. A few hundred miles later, it still works. BTW, it was on my backup bike that is 7 years old.
Hope this helps,
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