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Old 18th September 2009
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Default Shift knob removal

So the leather on my shift knob has given up the ghost. I was planning on just getting a new one, for 60 dollars or something but on the way home from work the other day I had an idea.

Ive got a bunch of nicely burled black walnut laying around at home and I was contemplating the idea of turning my own shift knob out of that.

Id like to get the shift knob off so I can see what Id need to do to construct it, and if its evenworth it.

It doesnt feel like the knob unscrews from the shifter..so can anyone tell me how exactly it comes off? Thanks! I'll make sure to post pictures of the knob if it turns out good.
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Most say you need to hacksaw it into pieces, but I got mine off in one piece with a Strap Wrench and I can still reuse the knob.
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so it is threaded on?
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It's actually glued on, you need to break the bond by twisting the entire knob (not just the outer part).
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Roger...I'll have to twist it off then
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Roger...I'll have to twist it off then
Show us some pictures of what you end up making....and send me a sample
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Try poking a small screwdriver up from the bottom of the knob to loosen the glue. This worked for me.
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http://www.saabcentral.com/~munki/te...r/gearknob.htm

Good luck. Please post pics of the one you make
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geez i don't knw how many times i can post this on different forums. ... there is an easy way to remove and you don't hack the sh!t out of it. Please don't hack it off.

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OMG i clicked on the one link and they distroyed the knob and the pa=lastic to get it off. -I just wouldn't understand why saab would not make it easier than that and they do....

If you look at the inside f the knob there are three places where the clips from the plastic piece go.






You have to stick something thin under the know to release it. - Very simple design, but if you didn't know how to do it, you end up destroying everything. (ask me how i found out)





To rmove the plastic piece from the shifter rob, pull up until it comes off. Becarefulnot to smak yourself in the face. (ask me how i Know)

Please do not destroy your shifter like discussed on that other one.

BTW my keyboiar is going crazy so please excuse my englisgh
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geez i don't knw how many times i can post this on different forums. ... there is an easy way to remove and you don't hack the sh!t out of it. Please don't hack it off.
Will this work on a 2004 Saab 93?
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Try the 9-3SS forum.
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wow a hacksaw is pretty extreme. GM procedure is to drill a small hole in the middle of the top of the knob after removing the shift grid cover, and using a sheet metal screw screwed in and down to lift it off, this for F35 later model Saabs, not sure at all about the erly onze....

New replacement shift housings with levers (similar F35 housings are used on some Cobalts) the knob already has that screw. I have not had a lot of success with the sheet metal screw deal GM recommend, I use a small two jaw puller . That wayit is an easy task, does not take a lot of force to lift it off.
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On the NG900 and 0G 9-3, put the car in 4th gear, put a foot on each side of the console, and pull hard. Or sit in the back seat and do it. It will come right off, boot and all. You can then easily unclip the knob without damage and install a new one.
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+1 on the strap wrench. Worked for me.
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On the NG900 and 0G 9-3, put the car in 4th gear, put a foot on each side of the console, and pull hard. Or sit in the back seat and do it. It will come right off, boot and all. You can then easily unclip the knob without damage and install a new one.
Did this for the one I recently pulled in a parts yard, but with a screwdriver under the bottom lip for better leverage. My grandpa is working on some prototype knobs atm that fit over the white insert piece. I can't bring myself to drop the money on a new leather one and he really enjoys turning wood. Win-win!
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wow a hacksaw is pretty extreme. GM procedure is to drill a small hole in the middle of the top of the knob after removing the shift grid cover, and using a sheet metal screw screwed in and down to lift it off, this for F35 later model Saabs, not sure at all about the erly onze....
GM procedure for the NG900 and the original 9-3 is to cut the knob in two using a hacksaw. That's what the instruction sheet that came with the knobs said to do. The knobs on these cars are epoxied on from the factory. The only reason that people are able to pop them off with a strap wrench, a shim, or a good pull is because the epoxy is old and brittle. None of that worked when I took the knob off of my car when it was only 3 years old. It really needed to be cut in two with a hacksaw.
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Not the best pictures but what he had finished over Christmas. Wanted a dark, charcoal-ish stain to best match my black interior. Nailed it pretty well.



Settled on the shape in the foreground...very close to stock shape. Others either seemed too big or the reverse lockout felt awkward to pull up.



Purchased a half dozen shift buttons that fit the recesses so who knows what'll happen with the remainder or new, future prototypes
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GM procedure for the NG900 and the original 9-3 is to cut the knob in two using a hacksaw. That's what the instruction sheet that came with the knobs said to do. The knobs on these cars are epoxied on from the factory. The only reason that people are able to pop them off with a strap wrench, a shim, or a good pull is because the epoxy is old and brittle. None of that worked when I took the knob off of my car when it was only 3 years old. It really needed to be cut in two with a hacksaw.
Just wow! Amazing. Glad they improved the design
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Old 31st January 2013
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Finished product. Button fits very snug in its recess. Quite pleased and anxious to test it out.




Lockout has a near stock feel, something the originals didn't have.

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Destroying the old shift knob assembly is no longer required(?). This is new information as all I'd ever heard was the destroy it/phoenix method (rebirth from destruction).

So now all I have is the white cylindrical plastic piece serving as my shift knob as the black rubber outer piece and shift pattern medallion is long gone. The white plastic piece, if I understand correctly, is not threaded on but just a press fit secured with epoxy and this can furthermore be pulled straight off if loosened from below?

messiguy01: Has your finished product come to market?
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