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Old 07-29-2006, 02:23 AM   #1
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shift knob removal

just wondering what is the best way to remove the stock shifter out of my 98 323is...
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Old 07-29-2006, 08:58 AM   #2
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try this...

http://www.understeer.com/shiftlever.shtml

Think I saw something in the Bently manual about needing a special BMW tool though... not 100% sure on that one......
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Old 07-29-2006, 09:35 AM   #3
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If it's a stock knob, just pull it up. Watch your face, dont want to get whacked in the jaw full force.
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Old 07-29-2006, 04:38 PM   #4
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Quote:
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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
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Old 07-29-2006, 09:20 PM   #5
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Old 07-30-2006, 03:58 AM   #6
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take ur starter off...i can get it rebuilt for cheapo!
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Old 07-30-2006, 02:19 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 07-30-2006, 05:45 PM   #8
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You're about 2 days too late there Justin.. Geez
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Old 07-30-2006, 05:52 PM   #9
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It's never too late, this'll be archived for future searches.
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Old 07-31-2006, 02:52 AM   #10
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anything justin posts about e36's go to the archives!
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Old 07-31-2006, 05:10 PM   #11
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thanks for the info
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Old 07-31-2006, 07:25 PM   #12
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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?
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Old 07-31-2006, 07:27 PM   #13
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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..
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:33 AM   #14
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this is sick.. took forever to find but good stuff (Y)
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:52 PM   #15
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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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