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Lazy Man's Shift Knob Removal Method
Published by MNTim
03-28-2010
Lazy Man's Shift Knob Removal Method

Okay so if you've ever tried to pull off the original factory-installed shift knob, you know it's not easy. On my E46 I damn near got a hernia doing it, and almost a black eye. I think the factory does more than just jam it on the post -- they probably use adhesive as well to make sure they stay on for many years. So when my new M shift knob arrived for my E90, I thought I'd try using a lever to pry off the original knob. See pics. Worked great! No damage (to me or the car), and I barely had to push on the pipe before it popped off.

Note: If you don't have large crescent wrenches and pipes and hunks of scrap wood laying around in your garage, you'll need to devise your own leverage system





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By Showsol2211 on 03-28-2010, 01:48 AM
lmao, this is great! pulled mine off the other day and I was suprised with how easily I got it off. One good tug and it was loose. I read some threads before hand and made sure not to jab myself in the face!
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By ska///235i on 03-28-2010, 11:21 AM
LOL nice
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By fdriller9 on 03-28-2010, 12:18 PM
Nice. Different, but nice. Once you get it off the first time, the second, third and so on is easier.
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By sethmo on 03-28-2010, 12:26 PM
lol. I just pulled mine off. Took me less then 5 minutes. I guess this works too.
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By fisherbln on 03-28-2010, 12:38 PM
Wow! Pulled mine off the other day and it gave me a little trouble, but not much. I wonder if some knobs are stuck on better than others.
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By G35to330i on 03-29-2010, 06:38 AM
I never thought to do this, I just put a pillow on top of the shifter and had a friend put a little bit of pressure down on it while I pulled. It worked, no black eyes and it was pretty simple. Great job man!
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By jonerik26 on 03-29-2010, 12:23 PM
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nice, wish i had thought of it, although i was able tricked my brother into doing all the work for me, that was my "lazy man's shift know removal" technique...LoL
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By OlivaresAnthony on 03-29-2010, 11:11 PM
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lol...very resourceful
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By 330MX on 03-29-2010, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Takashi View Post
It seems like you used a cannon to kill a mosquito.
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By MNTim on 03-29-2010, 11:50 PM
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It seems like you used a cannon to kill a mosquito. Nevertheless, it is a good idea and thanks for sharing. That shift knob is stuck there very tightly.
lol....yeah, the pipe looks bigger than it really was in that pic, camera distortion I guess. and yes it was longer than it needed to be, but hey, that's what was laying around!

well, it was an experiment. I like to experiment. but unlike the usual result this one actually worked! so I thought I'd share.

there are many forms of leverage...and most of them are good!
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By AllydNYC on 03-30-2010, 12:00 AM
Lmao, good thinking!
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By MNTim on 03-30-2010, 12:22 AM
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lol...very resourceful
Thanks!
You know, I'm probably twice the age of most members here. I've seen quite a few friends get hernias and ruptured discs from doing things you never would have thought would result in major surgery. Not pretty.
Sure, some knobs pop off easier than others, and most probably aren't that hard at all. Maybe my E46 was the exception, who knows. But the older I get the less I like to chance it. Let the tools do the work! More brain, less back.
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By Figure807 on 04-04-2010, 03:34 PM
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I opened the sunroof, sat on the center armrest, and pulled up on the knob. Good use of mechanical advantage though...
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By guerilla twang on 04-11-2010, 03:38 PM
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The name of this thread should be "The easiest/smartest/safest way to remove your shift knob."
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By Hasek9339 on 04-12-2010, 09:25 PM
a bit excessive don't ya think! I just yanked mine off no problems!
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By catch on 04-12-2010, 10:21 PM
a lot excessive id say but i agree, that stock one was REALLY on there!
Id hardly call this lazy though, seems like a lot of work compared to just pulling really hard
nice work!
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By spdy330 on 04-12-2010, 11:43 PM
Too funny!!!
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By jonni44 on 07-02-2010, 05:59 PM
No word of lie I just actually broke my glasses punching myself in the eye taking the OEM shifter off. That fuckers on there good!
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By eastondle on 07-06-2010, 11:37 PM
its a shift knob...not a bomb
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By TwinTuning on 11-12-2011, 10:43 PM
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You are good. Thanks
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By ENINTY on 11-13-2011, 08:44 AM
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The proper technique from the E30 Bentley manual (I haven't looked at the E90 manual) is to push down first, then quickly pull up. Works like a charm.
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