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Shift Knob Removal and Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Shift Knob Removal and Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$100 to $500

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz C250 (2012-14)
Mercedes-Benz C300 (2008-14)
Mercedes-Benz C350 (2008-14)

Hot Tip:

Use trim removal tools so you don't scratch the wood pieces

Performance Gain:

Better looking interior

Complementary Modification:

Change cabin air filter

The shift knob along with the steering wheel gets more handling and wear and tear than almost anything else inside the car. The surround that the knob and boot sit in can also get worn overtime and need replacing. The shift knob and surround are separate pieces but the knob and boot itself are one piece and must be replaced as a unit.

If you are going to be working on the interior of your vehicle make sure you own and use a set of trim removal tools. These hard plastic tools are great for working with trim pieces and will pay for themselves many times over the first time you scratch a trim piece by trying to remove it with a screwdriver. Pelican sells them. If you are doing this job and don't own them consider ordering them along with the parts for this job.

The shift knob and boot are a single piece and must be replaced as a unit.
Figure 1

The shift knob and boot are a single piece and must be replaced as a unit. While the trim piece around them can also be replaced separately it must be removed in order to replace the knob and boot.

Make sure you are using a trim removal tool.
Figure 2

Make sure you are using a trim removal tool. Starting at one corner pry up the trim piece while working your way around it (red arrows). There are five clips on the piece holding it in place, two on each side and one on the top and bottom. If the piece has never been removed it will be a very snug fit.

With the trim piece free from the console lift it up and press the tabs on the two electrical connections (red arrows), and remove the connections from the piece.
Figure 3

With the trim piece free from the console lift it up and press the tabs on the two electrical connections (red arrows), and remove the connections from the piece.

There is a plastic ring on the base of the shift knob (red arrow).
Figure 4

There is a plastic ring on the base of the shift knob (red arrow). Grasp this with your fingers and turn it counter clockwise. This will release the knob from the shaft.

You can now pull the knob, boot and trim piece straight up and off the shaft (red arrow).
Figure 5

You can now pull the knob, boot and trim piece straight up and off the shaft (red arrow).

The knob and boot are held in the trim piece by four plastic clips (red arrows).
Figure 6

The knob and boot are held in the trim piece by four plastic clips (red arrows).

You can pop the boot out from the trim piece using just your fingertips.
Figure 7

You can pop the boot out from the trim piece using just your fingertips. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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