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Replacing Your Shift Knob
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Shift Knob

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20 to $80

Talent:

*

Tools:

Trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Porsche 944 Turbo (1986-89)

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 a 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.

Removal of the knob is easy and straightforward. Just use care not to damage the small plastic clips that hold the boot in place.

The shift knob and boot that came with our 951 is a single piece (red arrow).
Figure 1

The shift knob and boot that came with our 951 is a single piece (red arrow). The boot is held in place by a series of small clips and just snaps into the opening in the center console.

The leather cover on the shift knob gets a lot of wear and tear over the years.
Figure 2

The leather cover on the shift knob gets a lot of wear and tear over the years. Sometimes people go to interesting modifications to keep the boot flush with the console. These screws (red arrows) are not a factory option but if the car is new to you, you should be prepared to discover a host of ways the previous owner has tried to keep the boot in place. Remove any screws that you might find.

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the boot up from around the console (red arrow).
Figure 3

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the boot up from around the console (red arrow).

Slide the leather boot up over the rubber center of the shift knob and then firmly pull the knob straight up.
Figure 4

Slide the leather boot up over the rubber center of the shift knob and then firmly pull the knob straight up. The rubber is on pretty tight so be prepared for when it gives up its grip. Do not break the rearview mirror pulling it off.

This photo illustrates the rubber base of the shift knob off (red arrow).
Figure 5

This photo illustrates the rubber base of the shift knob off (red arrow). You can also see where a previous owner tried to glue the boot in place (yellow arrow).

There is a rubber sleeve over the linkage that can be removed just by gently pulling it up and out (red arrow).
Figure 6

There is a rubber sleeve over the linkage that can be removed just by gently pulling it up and out (red arrow).

This photo illustrates the small clips that hold the boot surround to the console (red arrows).
Figure 7

This photo illustrates the small clips that hold the boot surround to the console (red arrows). You can also see where someone has tried glue to keep everything in place. It is a tight fit so use care when working with these clips. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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