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Old 09-13-2013, 09:13 PM   #1
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How do i remove my shift knob?

So i got interested in a new shift knob for customization reasons but i cant twist my original one off, im not even sure if i can twist it off does anyone who has done this have any advice for me? 2000 jeep wrangler

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My 06, twisted off, had to use a channel locks to get the damn thing off. But it came off!

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Old 09-13-2013, 09:23 PM   #3
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Ill have to try it but i also dont want to damage it in the process, is this the only way?
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So i got interested in a new shift knob for customization reasons but i cant twist my original one off, im not even sure if i can twist it off does anyone who has done this have any advice for me? 2000 jeep wrangler
Remove the cap where the shift pattern is, there should be a nut under it holding the knob onto the shift lever.
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:29 AM   #6
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We are assuming you have a 5 speed manual.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:07 AM   #7
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Yep remove the shift pattern center cap and there is a nut inside
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:53 PM   #8
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That nut inside the shift knob is a lock nut. Trying to remove a nut (the knob) without loosening its lock nut first isn't the way to do it. Just use a small flat bladed screwdriver to pry out the plastic shift pattern, then use a socket to loosen the lock nut inside. The knob will easily spin off with your hand once that internal lock nut is backed off by a half-turn.
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Ruined mine trying to pry that plastic cap with the shift pattern out. It is ridged and "pops" into the hard composite shifter knob. Chewed up the knob trying to get a tiny flat screwdriver in there. Good advice I heard too late was take a hair dryer or heat gun and heat up the knob first so it becomes a little pliable.
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Anyone ever run into a shifter knob (2002) that had been glued? The one I have has been glued I think, I got the lock nut off but it was all rusted and even WD-40 and let it sit over night and the damn thing still will not budge... Even took the vice grips to it. I may have to cut the knob down to expose the threads and put the Hurst on that way...Man this is blowing my mind. My old one came right off.
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Try something that actually works as a penetrant like Kroil, Break-Free, Liquid Wrench, PB-Blaster, etc. on your shift knob threads. WD-40 is not a penetrant no matter how their marketing department has much of the world bamboozled into believing it can do everything. It does a lot of things poorly, a few things well... what it does well is remove moisture from electrical circuits (its original purpose) and goo from stickers.
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Get a small flat screw driver lift off the center of plastic shift pattern. Its really pressed inside you will damage it in the process so don't plan on using it again. So you have to pry that thing off and throw it away. Once removed you will see a single nut. Use socket set and remove the nut. That's it really simple getting the plastic center cap is the pain.
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I just twisted mine off as well...didnt have to pop the top or anything.
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Get a small flat screw driver lift off the center of plastic shift pattern. Its really pressed inside you will damage it in the process so don't plan on using it again. So you have to pry that thing off and throw it away. Once removed you will see a single nut. Use socket set and remove the nut. That's it really simple getting the plastic center cap is the pain.
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Anyone ever run into a shifter knob (2002) that had been glued? The one I have has been glued I think, I got the lock nut off but it was all rusted and even WD-40 and let it sit over night and the damn thing still will not budge... Even took the vice grips to it. I may have to cut the knob down to expose the threads and put the Hurst on that way...Man this is blowing my mind. My old one came right off.
...sorry, couldn't resist.
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I got it off. I took a meat injector pushed an old injector needle in between the knob and thread and injected a little KY in there and it slid right off. So KY can be used in the garage as well and the bedroom.

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