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Its broken...heres a fix (archive)

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Posted by wizzard on November 10, 2000 at 22:19:30:

In Reply to: Need help with Shift Knob-how to remove posted by Yukon Dave on November 10, 2000 at 21:00:12:

Most likely one or more of the plastic tabs on the inside bottom have broken. With these broken, it will simply not stay on.

The amount of space between the top of the shifter and the top of the knob combined with some amount of play between the shifter and knob puts a great amount of strees on the shifter...particularly the bottom tabs which are weaker anyway.

I had mine replaced under warranty. Before attaching the new knob, I wrapped the shifter with teflon tape to fill the gap between the shifter and the knob. This spreads the force on the knob more alons the entire shifter than forcing it on the tabs.

It may be possible to use the teflon tape trick even with brocken tabs. You will want to wrap the tape around the shifter to even cover the area the knob will cover. I actually did a few layers, trying the fit of the knob each time until the knob had to literally be screwed on in the direction if the teflon tape turns.

Either way, I would try to get the knob replaced under warranty...you should be able to use the teflon tape trick with both the broken one and the replacement.

wizzard
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Well I should ask how do I fix it. It seems that the my shift knob has fallen off and now it is held in place with gravity, so now I have to put it back on. Help





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