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Old 11-26-2011, 05:09 PM   #1
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Automatic tranny shift knob removal?

From reading other posts I understand to remove the horizontal shift knob on my 2001 Sahara (the one with the push button in order to shift from Park) it just pulls straight up/off.

Has anyone ever removed their's and really how much force does it take to get it off? It feels like the horizontal part is part of the rod that goes down into the shift mechanism and is completely immovable.

I'm not having any problems with mine (yet) but I understand there's a little plastic thingy inside the knob that easily breaks then no getty out of Park. Which sounds just a little scary.

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Old 11-26-2011, 05:17 PM   #2
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i had to pull u[p on mine pretty hard with both arms. then when i gave it flew up and hit me in the face. lol

just keep pulling! lol
try putting your shifter in N or 1st so that you have more room and a better angler to pull.

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Old 11-26-2011, 05:20 PM   #3
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If its the first time your pulling it off, you have to pull pretty hard. And I would put it in neutral so you don't whack your knuckles on the heat controls like I did.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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do you have to remove anything first, or you just pull up on it?
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:35 PM   #5
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do you have to remove anything first, or you just pull up on it?
Pull straight up, firmly!

There is some plastic clips inside, which encircle the shift rod, and retain the handle. It's quite firm. Don't be surprised if you break the clips and need to buy a new handle, which is not expensive.
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Don't need to remove anything just pull up on it. And like Mr rpm said, watch your face. That also happend to me the 2nd or 3rd time I took it off.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:45 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, this sounds like a good way to loose some teeth besides skin off your knuckles.

Appreciate the hint on the plastic clips, maybe not something to mess around with until absolutely necessary and being sure there's a Jeep dealership handy for the parts. Since I keep hearing about that plastic stick breaking and not allowing a shift out of Park I thought maybe it ought to be replaced before it breaks and leaves a person in Park and no place to go.
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Pull straight up, firmly!

There is some plastic clips inside, which encircle the shift rod, and retain the handle. It's quite firm. Don't be surprised if you break the clips and need to buy a new handle, which is not expensive.
I assume the handle will be a "factory replacement Item"? Will they usually have this in stock or need to special order it?

When removing the handle does it do any good to kind of twist it back/forth a little with upward pull or is there no twisting movement to it at all?
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if the button does break one day and your stranded, then pull off the handle like explained above. you will be able to shift with no handle at all, you will just need to push down on a plastic rod that sticks up. it wont be comfortable but will get you around till you get a different handle.
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I assume the handle will be a "factory replacement Item"? Will they usually have this in stock or need to special order it?

When removing the handle does it do any good to kind of twist it back/forth a little with upward pull or is there no twisting movement to it at all?
I had no problem ordering one a couple years back.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:32 PM   #11
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if the button does break one day and your stranded, then pull off the handle like explained above. you will be able to shift with no handle at all, you will just need to push down on a plastic rod that sticks up. it wont be comfortable but will get you around till you get a different handle.
Thanks, that sounds like a good easy quick "get me home" fix".
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When removing the handle does it do any good to kind of twist it back/forth a little with upward pull or is there no twisting movement to it at all?
Nope, just pull straight up. You will need to use some authority - show it who's boss.
Could be wrong but I think twisting/rocking would be detrimental.

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Pull straight up, firmly!

There is some plastic clips inside, which encircle the shift rod, and retain the handle. It's quite firm. Don't be surprised if you break the clips and need to buy a new handle, which is not expensive.
Can't imagine the plastic clip breaking if you pull the T - handle straight off.
Only if you mess about with trying to twist or rock it off.

My sincerest sympathy goes out to those on the thread who have damaged themselves in this process, but it sure made me laugh
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:52 PM   #13
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I have mine sitting on my work bench,its been off many times .I replaced mine with a Drake shifter handle with a little tire on the handle its black in color.had to order straight from Drake they do not sell them for an 06 TJ they have some in proto type form for TJ`s, so you have to call Drake themself to get one... for me its a custom touch that you just wont see...
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question.. why would u wanna take this off?
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:17 PM   #15
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question.. why would u wanna take this off?
Change the T-handle to somethiing like Leslee has or replace the inner beaded rod which has been known to fail for many.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:20 AM   #16
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I had to pull it off to remove the center counsel so I can herculine my tub.

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