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Old 06-28-2011, 07:09 AM   #1
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Problems removing gear shifter knob

I have been trying to remove the gear shifter knob on my 1992 Jeep YJ. I have loosened the bottom nut and have began unscrewing the knob counter-clockwise but it just seems to spin without making any progress. Any ideas on how to get it off?

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Old 06-28-2011, 08:09 AM   #2
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I think it sounds like the fixed threads inside the shifter knob separated from the actual knob I would try pulling on the knob see if it comes off then put a vise grip or what ever to take the nut or what ever piece it has off.

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I think it sounds like the fixed threads inside the shifter knob separated from the actual knob I would try pulling on the knob see if it comes off then put a vise grip or what ever to take the nut or what ever piece it has off.
But then how'd he loosen the bottom nut? The threads would be all over the place.

If that is the case and it's not stripped or something, you can just reapply the tube with the threads. Hopefully. Pray you don't have to get the threads pulled and get everything rethreaded.
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No he said that he loosened the bottom
Nut and the whole thing is spinning but won't come out so I'm talking about the threads on the knob it self
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No he said that he loosened the bottom
Nut and the whole thing is spinning but won't come out so I'm talking about the threads on the knob it self
Oh touche. Yeah I'd try vicegrips and a deadblow then.
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I've actually tried to pull the knob off with no luck and tried to crank down on the handle with the vice grips and twist with no luck. It just spins and spins but doesn't make any progress. Any other suggestions? Hacksaw it off?
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There is a threaded metal insert in side the knob that has broken loose from the knob. When I tried to take mine off I wound up having to destroy the knob to get it off then used some blaster on the insert and griped it with vise-grips to get it loose and unscrew it, then replace the knob. Hope this helps.
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I've actually tried to pull the knob off with no luck and tried to crank down on the handle with the vice grips and twist with no luck. It just spins and spins but doesn't make any progress. Any other suggestions? Hacksaw it off?
I'm saying get a nice solid grip on the knob with vicegrips and use the deadblow to hammer the knob upwards, removing the insert from the knob, freeing the knob. From there you'll just have to PB lube the crap out of the threads and try and grip them off of the stick
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I actually ended up cutting the outside leather portion off with a razor and then using vice grips to unscrew the rest. Thanks for your help.

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