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      10-04-2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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Drives: 2012 MB ML350 Bluetec
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Central FL

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The Trim piece just pulls out. Carefully pry under the edge with a tool to find and release the clips that hold it in place. Check for a cable to the shifter and disconnect if necessary. Then release the leather boot from the trim piece so you can remove the shifter itself. That takes a firm jerking motion. It's just a friction fitting so a good strong jerk upward will release it. You may want to have it in Neutral so your pull is straight upward. Be careful you don't hit yourself in the face! :>) You can't just twist or pull it off gently. It takes quite a firm jerking motion to get it to release.
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