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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 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

*

Tools:

Pliers, plastic prying tool

Applicable Models:

MINI Cooper (2007-11)
MINI Cooper S (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Shift boot, shift knob

Hot Tip:

Don't smack yourself in the face when you pull off the gearshift knob

Performance Gain:

Nice shift boot and knob

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 relatively short amount of time. It's also a great way to freshen up the interior look of your R56. Make it even better by replacing the Shift boot and shift knob with an upgraded version while you are at it! There are carbon fiber and Alcantara versions available.

To avoid marring the trim if you need to pry anything, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the shift boot on manual transmission MINI R56 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 you're 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. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

My subject vehicle had the JCW options and came with a carbon fiber shift knob (red arrow).
Figure 1

My subject vehicle had the JCW options and came with a carbon fiber shift knob (red arrow). There are Alcantara (leather) versions available too.

Unclip the shift boot (red arrow) at the side and pull it out of the center console.
Figure 2

Unclip the shift boot (red arrow) at the side and pull it out of the center console. If needed, lever the plastic ring up using a plastic prying tool.

Next, remove the shift knob by it pulling straight up and off the shift lever (red arrow).
Figure 3

Next, remove the shift knob by it pulling straight up and off the 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 it up it will come off easier. Don't twist too much. You can break the alignment tab in the center of the knob.

To remove the shift boot from the ring, unclip the boot (green arrow) from the plastic tabs (red arrow).
Figure 4

To remove the shift boot from the ring, unclip the boot (green arrow) from the plastic tabs (red arrow).

To remove the shift knob from the boot, press all four tabs (red arrows) toward the bore in the center of the knob while sliding the collar (green arrow) over the tabs.
Figure 5

To remove the shift knob from the boot, press all four tabs (red arrows) toward the bore in the center of the knob while sliding the collar (green arrow) over the tabs.

Slide the shift boot off the knob (green arrow).
Figure 6

Slide the shift boot off the knob (green arrow).

Install the new shift knob into the boot, and snap the shift knob tabs (red arrow) into the shift boot collar.
Figure 7

Install the new shift knob into the boot, and snap the shift knob tabs (red arrow) into the shift boot collar. Check the knob alignment with the collar (green arrow). Rotate the knob if needed by holding the collar and twisting the knob. Place the shift boot on the center console. Align the boot and mounting collar to the console. Then check the shift knob alignment. Once the knob is aligned, install the shift boot bezel by pressing it down into the center console. Then install the shift knob by pushing it down firmly.

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Comments and Suggestions:
2Minis Comments: Excellent instructions and pictures. Thanks.
March 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Allen Comments: In figure 5, how did you press all the tabs at once?? For the life of me I can't figure out how to get that collar off.
February 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You have to squeeze one side, press it down and hold, then other side (two). They have to be done alternating until released. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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