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Shift Knob and Boot Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Shift Knob and Boot Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$50

Talent:

*

Tools:

Plastic prying tool

Applicable Models:

BMW Z4 Convertible (2003-06)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006)

Parts Required:

Shift boot, shift knob

Hot Tip:

Gently remove shift boots

Performance Gain:

Nice shift boot

Complementary Modification:

Replace shift knob and parking brake boot

The shift boot can dry rot and wear out over time, leaving a less than desirable interior appearance. Replacing the shift boot on your vehicle is quite easy and can be done in a short amount of time. It's also a great way to freshen up the look of your Z4. Make it even better by replacing the parking brake boot and shift knob with an upgraded version while you are at it.

Some Z4 models have interior illumination circuits running to the shift knob. If these wires short (break) a fuse can blow, causing issues with the interior lighting. If you have an issue with the interior lights, check the fuses. If there is a blown fuse, inspect the wiring for the shift knob. See the steps below for more information on the wiring.

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the shift boot on manual transmission models.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The shift boot (red arrow) or shift knob (blue arrow) can dry rot and wear out over time, leaving a less than desirable interior appearance.
Figure 1

The shift boot (red arrow) or shift knob (blue arrow) can dry rot and wear out over time, leaving a less than desirable interior appearance. Replacing the shift boot on your vehicle is quite easy and can be done in a short amount of time. It's also a great way to freshen up the look of your Z4. Make it even better by replacing the parking brake boot and shift knob with an upgraded version while you are at it.

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the shift boot trim (red arrow) out of the center console.
Figure 2

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the shift boot trim (red arrow) out of the center console. You may even be able to pinch the shift boot and pull the trim piece straight out without prying.

Gently push out the switch (red arrow).
Figure 3

Gently push out the switch (red arrow). Be gentle when prying. Do not break the switch or push it too far. The electrical connector is still connected. Disconnect the electrical connector (blue arrow) by pulling it straight out of the switch. Remove the switch from the vehicle. Once the hazard switch is disconnected, follow the wires for the shift knob to the electrical connector. Pull the connector straight apart to disconnect.

Next, remove shift knob by pulling straight up and off shift lever (red arrow).
Figure 4

Next, remove shift knob by pulling straight up and off shift lever (red arrow). The knob can be on quite tight and may need a lot of force to remove it. I found if you slightly twist the knob back and forth while pulling up, it will come off easier.

With the shift knob removed from my subject vehicle, the damaged wiring is visible (red arrow).
Figure 5

With the shift knob removed from my subject vehicle, the damaged wiring is visible (red arrow). Since it is damaged all the way to the knob, I will have to replace the entire knob to remedy the problem.

Slide shift boot up and off shifter.
Figure 6

Slide shift boot up and off shifter. The red arrow points to the damaged wires. Unfortunately, my subject vehicle also had damage at the connector side. I will have to replace the harness side electrical connector as well.

To remove the shift boot from the bezel, press the four retaining clips (red arrows) and pull the shift boot straight off.
Figure 7

To remove the shift boot from the bezel, press the four retaining clips (red arrows) and pull the shift boot straight off.

When installing, align the retaining tabs with the bezel and snap it into place.
Figure 8

When installing, align the retaining tabs with the bezel and snap it into place. Install new shift boot and snap into center console. Connect wiring and hazard switch. Then install shift knob by pushing down firmly.

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