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How to Take a Shift Knob Off a Chevy Cavalier

by Jeffrey Caldwell

A shift knob on a Chevy Cavalier is simply a large ball attached to the end of the transmission shifter. Aftermarket companies offer a wide array of specialty shift knobs for those who want to customize their Cavalier's interior. Remove your shift knob and take it with you to the store when you purchase a new one to make sure you purchase a knob with the correct thread size.

Remove the shift knob from a Chevy Cavalier equipped with a manual transmission. Twist the shift knob counterclockwise. Continue turning the knob until it disengages from the threads on the shift lever.

Remove the shift knob from a Chevy Cavalier equipped with an automatic transmission. Begin by locating the shift knob retaining clip on the front side (the side that faces the radio) of the shift knob.

Use a pair of needlenose pliers to remove the retaining clip from the shift knob.

Pull the shift knob upwards to remove it from the shift lever.


  • If the shift knob will be remove for a significant length of time, place a length of rubber hose over the end of the shifter to protect the threads.

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About the Author

Jeffrey Caldwell has been a freelance writer for over five months and has published over 250 articles on websites like eHow and Caldwell writes articles on a wide range of topics including travel, camping and automotive mechanics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.

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