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Replacing Your Audi A4 Shift Knob
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Audi A4 Shift Knob

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50 to $200

Talent:

*

Tools:

Trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Audi A4 (2002-05)
Audi A4 Cabriolet (2003-06)

Parts Required:

New knob

Hot Tip:

Use care when pulling up on the shift knob

Performance Gain:

Cooler shifts

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

The shift knob is one of the most used instruments in your vehicle and can get quite worn and tattered over the years. Replacing it is nice way to clean up and/or upgrade your interior.

You will also need to remove the shift knob on the center console to be able to access the shifting linkage as well as perform any work that involves removing the center console.

Removal of the knob is easy and straight forward. The only thing you really need to be conscious of is not to pull the switch on the side of the knob out more than necessary.

Begin by turning the ignition key to the on position without starting the vehicle.
Figure 1

Begin by turning the ignition key to the on position without starting the vehicle. Set the parking brake and shift the transmission to neutral or drive (red arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and gently insert it between the leather base and chrome bezel on the shift knob.
Figure 2

Use a trim removal tool and gently insert it between the leather base and chrome bezel on the shift knob. You are going to press the chrome bezel down (red arrow). The bezel will not move very far (approximately 1/8 of an inch). Note you can use a screwdriver to lower the bezel but if you do make sure to wrap the end in tape so as to not damage the chrome piece.

Pull the shift button outward (red arrow).
Figure 3

Pull the shift button outward (red arrow). You only need to pull it out approximately a 1/4 inch; use care and do not pull it completely from the knob.

While holding the button out pull straight up on the knob (red arrow).
Figure 4

While holding the button out pull straight up on the knob (red arrow). If the knob has never been removed it may need a surprising amount of force to free to from the stalk; use care and do not hit yourself in the face when the knob finally lets go.

With the knob off you can see the plastic piece the button mechanism sits in (red arrow).
Figure 5

With the knob off you can see the plastic piece the button mechanism sits in (red arrow).

You can now remove the knob and chrome bezel (red arrow) from the shift mechanism.
Figure 6

You can now remove the knob and chrome bezel (red arrow) from the shift mechanism. Installation is the reverse of removal

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