What Is This Loose Washer On My Shifter?

When removing my trans I found this loose washer hanging around the shifter. Anyone know what this is for? I believe the previous owner had an aftermarket shifter installed at some point. The two bolts shown in the picture are practically welded into their respective holes. So the washer can't be removed. It doesn't seem to be causing any problems, but I'm curious.


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I don't believe they are shavings, but it was plenty filthy when I pulled the boot. I've only driven the car a few months, but I keep finding surprises the previous owner left me. I know the shifter bolts were tapped or drilled it. It might be from that. I cleaned it up and plan on checking it again after a few miles.