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Pelican Technical Article:

Shifter Knob Removal

Tom Morr

Time:

5 minutes5 mins

Tab:

$140 to $180

Talent:

*

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz SLK230 (1998-04)

Parts Required:

Replacement or aftermarket knob if desired

Hot Tip:

For cars that have a boot, remove it first.

Performance Gain:

Knowledge of preliminary step required to perform other transmission related jobs.
Many Mercedes-Benz service and repair procedures are more involved than similar jobs on other marques cars. Thankfully, the shifter knob -- or Selector Lever Handle, per the manual -- is an exception. The job doesn't even require tools. 

For cars that have a boot (or Covering if you're following along in the Workshop Information System/manual), there are four clips holding it in place. The manual specifies a plastic wedge tool (PN 115589035900) for removal. If you don't want to spend money on a special tool an alternative might be a cedar carpentry shim, a plastic putty knife, or a metal putty knife with masking tape over its blade to protect the console. Some owners are able to squeeze and lift the boot using a hand on either side of it.

Once the boot is free, it's lifted up and over the knob to reveal the knob's lock ring (Clamping Piece).

Removing the knob is often a first step for other transmission-related service jobs. Even if the purpose is to replace the knob and/or boot with a new OE one or an aftermarket knob, the job can definitely be done at home in a matter of minutes.
Begin by inserting the key in the ignition, turning it to â€Ã...
Figure 1

Begin by inserting the key in the ignition, turning it to "0," and shifting the transmission into Neutral. For cars with the Keyless system, press the start-stop button repeatedly until the ignition is switched off and the shift lever can be moved to Neutral.

On cars with manual transmissions, the boot needs to be unclipped (two clips on either side of the console).
Figure 2

On cars with manual transmissions, the boot needs to be unclipped (two clips on either side of the console). Then the boot can be lifted up over the knob to reveal the Clamping Piece/retaining ring (arrow). The Mercedes Workshop Information System (manual) specifies turning the ring "anti-clockwise."

The retaining ring de-couples from the knob when it's twisted counter-clockwise.
Figure 3

The retaining ring de-couples from the knob when it's twisted counter-clockwise.

The knob can then be lifted up and off the shift lever.
Figure 4

The knob can then be lifted up and off the shift lever. Reverse the steps for installation.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Marcos Comments: A 2000 Slk230 5 speed
June 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It might be stuck. Try slightly twisting as you pull up. Be careful, when it comes off it may fly up with force. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Marcos Comments: On manual transmission, once the retaining ring is loosened, the knob doesn't seem to want to come out.
June 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be stuck. What year and model are you working on? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bertie Comments: useful info
December 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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