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Old 07-22-2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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Gear Shift Pattern(Crooked)

On my 05 tj the gear shifter knob that show the shift pattern is turn
sideway how do I get this back srraight?
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:34 AM   #2
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Hi!! Mine was like that too when I bought it (02 TJ). I was told that you just need to pop the center out and reinsert straight. I believe you can do it with a flat edge screwdriver.

I ended up just buying a new aluminum gear shifter from Quadratec which not only fixed the problem but gave me a brand new shiny gear shifter


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Old 07-22-2011, 10:38 AM   #3
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I tried to pop it out but I stop thinking I was gonna
mess up the plastic
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:43 AM   #4
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I tried to pop it out but I stop thinking I was gonna
mess up the plastic
Word of advice, try turning and screwing the knob off before you start prying that piece off. I took a flathead to it and after about ten minutes of making some nice dents and scratches in the plastic I turned it with my hand and it screwed off. So yeah, try that before you go to town on it, especially because you are fixing the plastic piece and not replacing the whole knob. I would assume though that because the pattern is crooked and the knob is fine that it is just the little cap. Be easy with it and try from all sides of the circle before you pop it off and it should come off even.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:53 AM   #5
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Use a blow dryer or heat gun to warm it up and stretch the plastic out a little...forewarning, last time I messed with my shift knob, I ended up replacing it because I murdered the plastic trying to remove the cap.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:06 AM   #6
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The knob's internal lock nut loosened which is how the plastic shift pattern became crooked. If you want the shift pattern to remain straight after you straighten it, do the following in order.

Using a small flat bladed screwdriver, carefully pry the shift pattern out from the shift knob. It's not hard to do, it is meant to be removable. Then use a socket wrench to loosen the lock nut you'll see inside the shift knob once the shift pattern plate has been removed. Once the lock nut is loose, use your hands to tighten the knob as tight as you can get it. Then tighten the lock nut enough with your wrench so the knob will never loosen on its own again.

Then replace the shift plate into the knob so it is straight. The problem is now permanently fixed.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:11 AM   #7
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You may have to just shift sideways...:P
You can lock it..even put a different t/c in it..but its still not a RUBICON!
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:38 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone Ill try this !
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:45 AM   #9
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as usual Jerry is dead on-may try a little generic type "lube" on the small flat bladed screw driver--I used butter--am leary of some of the PB blaster wd-40 type things on plastic interior trim.

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