How to Remove an Automatic Shifter Knob

by Will Chandler

Removing an automatic shifter knob is a relatively easy task that can be completed in about 5 minutes on most vehicles. Car manufacturers most often use one of two types of shifter knobs. One type of shifter knob is attached to the shaft using pressure and a compression fitting. The other type of shifter knob basically just screws into the shaft.

Identify the type of shifter knob that your vehicle has. Check around the knob to see if there's a screw or an Allen head bolt securing the shifter knob to the shaft. Either one will need to be removed before you can take off the shifter knob.

Use a screwdriver or an Allen wrench to unscrew the bolt or the screw holding the shifter knob to the shaft. If the knob is held in place by compression, use a flat head screwdriver to separate the base of the knob from the compression fitting. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or you could break the fitting. Some cars also have a snap ring on the shaft to prevent the knob from moving while it's being used. Check the base of the shifter knob for this snap ring. If the ring is present, use a flat head screwdriver to remove it from the shaft.

Pull the shifter knob off the shaft. Once the bolt or the screw has been removed from the base of the shifter, the knob should be loose, and you should be able to either unscrew the knob itself from the shaft or pull it straight off the shaft. Pull gently on the knob to see if it comes off the shaft easily. If it doesn't, carefully twist the knob counterclockwise to unscrew it.

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About the Author

Will Chandler is a corrective exercise trainer in Wilmington, NC. He has a Business degree from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Chandler has trained everyone from athletes to seniors since 2004. Chandler is an off road enthusiasts who practices welding and 4x4 fabrication.

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