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Krystian 07-29-2006 01:23 AM

shift knob removal
just wondering what is the best way to remove the stock shifter out of my 98 323is...

Lower_Level 07-29-2006 07:58 AM

try this...

Think I saw something in the Bently manual about needing a special BMW tool though... not 100% sure on that one......

mirek 07-29-2006 08:35 AM

If it's a stock knob, just pull it up. Watch your face, dont want to get whacked in the jaw full force.

propr'one 07-29-2006 03:38 PM


Originally Posted by mirek
If it's a stock knob, just pull it up. Watch your face, dont want to get whacked in the jaw full force.

he's not joking;)

Krystian 07-29-2006 08:20 PM


$500bimmer 07-30-2006 02:58 AM

take ur starter off...i can get it rebuilt for cheapo!

Justin e36 07-30-2006 01:19 PM

Put the car in 4th gear, pull the knob straight off.
This ensures if the knob snaps off you don't hit the windshield or rearview mirror (which has happened before).

Do not wiggle or try to unscrew the shiftknob, you will ruin the metal fasteners inside the shiftknob and it will no longer snap on snugly, or at all.

mirek 07-30-2006 04:45 PM

You're about 2 days too late there Justin.. Geez :P

Justin e36 07-30-2006 04:52 PM

It's never too late, this'll be archived for future searches. :)

$500bimmer 07-31-2006 01:52 AM

anything justin posts about e36's go to the archives!

Krystian 07-31-2006 04:10 PM

thanks for the info

Dr. Flyview 07-31-2006 06:25 PM

Hmm my shift knob already moves a bit side to side if i twist it, does that mean my clipping system or w/e is screwed even if i get a new knob?

mirek 07-31-2006 06:27 PM

No, it just means that the notch in the bottom is broken. Someone must have tried to unscrew your knob instead of pulling it off.

Just pull it off and replace with a new one..

mhamouda 04-20-2010 01:33 AM

this is sick.. took forever to find but good stuff (Y)

Dr. Flyview 04-20-2010 04:52 PM

Hahaha years later... Yea you have to make sure to pull STRAIGHT up or you will break the tab inside the knob on it's way up.

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