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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your DSG Shift Knob

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50 to $200

Talent:

*

Tools:

Trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

Shift knob, boot, trim piece combo

Hot Tip:

Use a small wire to keep the shift button up

Performance Gain:

Cooler shifts

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

The shift knob along with the steering wheel gets more handling and wear and tear than almost anything else inside the car. While the knobs tend to wear okay the boot and trim plate can get very tattered and worn over time. Replacing the knob, boot and trim plate can go a long way towards freshening up your interior. Replacing the stock knob with an after market one is also one of the most popular upgrades you can perform on the car.

Removal of the knob and boot is easy and straight forward.

The knob (red arrow), boot (yellow arrow) and trim plate (green arrow) are all one piece and must be removed and replaced as one unit.
Figure 1

The knob (red arrow), boot (yellow arrow) and trim plate (green arrow) are all one piece and must be removed and replaced as one unit. While there are many aftermarket options for knobs, plates and boots if you want to stay factory it only comes as a complete set.

Begin by lifting up the push button on the shifter knob (red arrow).
Figure 2

Begin by lifting up the push button on the shifter knob (red arrow). You may need to use a trim removal tool but you will not need to use a lot of force.

The cover plate may come off the button.
Figure 3

The cover plate may come off the button. Secure the button in the up position (red arrow). Use a small piece of wire or something to stop the button from being engaged while the knob is off the stalk.

Use your trim removal tool and gently pry the front of the trim panel up and towards the rear (red arrow).
Figure 4

Use your trim removal tool and gently pry the front of the trim panel up and towards the rear (red arrow).

Lift the trim panel and boot up.
Figure 5

Lift the trim panel and boot up. This will give you access to the wiring connection (red arrow) for the illumination on the trim panel.

Push in the very small clip on the connection (red arrow) and pull the connection off the trim panel.
Figure 6

Push in the very small clip on the connection (red arrow) and pull the connection off the trim panel.

There is a plastic collar that helps seat the knob on the shaft.
Figure 7

There is a plastic collar that helps seat the knob on the shaft. Squeeze in the tabs on the side of the collar (red arrows) and lift the collar approximately 1/4 inch. This will move the collar out of the locating ridge in the shaft and allow you to pull the knob off.

With the collar off you simply pull the knob (red arrow) straight up and off the shaft (yellow arrow).
Figure 8

With the collar off you simply pull the knob (red arrow) straight up and off the shaft (yellow arrow). Depending on how old, dirty and worn your knob is will depend on how hard you have to pull to get it off. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Ignignokt Comments: Step 2 is wrong. That is nothing but a good way to damage the finish on the button and break the internal springs by hyper extending them.
December 12, 2014
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