Remove manual transmission shift knob, without hurting yourself! (All S-Series)

Author: Jonathan Swain (aka "PurdueGuy")

Relevant Models

All S-Series with manual transmission




There are 2 ways to remove the shift knob – cut it and remove the clip, or pull really hard. The pulling method is easy enough, and doesn’t damage the knob, so it is preferred, but many people have hurt themselves when the knob comes loose suddenly.

The steps below should prevent some pain in the pull method, but take some strength.


Step 1

Sit in the driver’s seat, and put the shifter in 2nd gear.

Step 2

Put your right hand around the front of the knob, as pictured. This somewhat awkward positioning will give you control of the knob as it comes off, keeping you from hitting yourself in the head, or breaking your dome light (as many have done before).

Step 3

Put your left hand over your right one, and pull hard.


Place the shift knob on the shaft with the flat part lined up, and push hard. It may be easier with a rubber mallet.

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