Are these the "proper" instructions/way of removing the later CS style gear lever knob? I have a refinished wood gear knob I would like to install to replace my tired leather one with. How does the replacement gear knob secure to the lever?Knob pull procedure. This is Saab's factory procedure. The way they decribe it, it is way too involved. Use for guidance only, it can be done in place.
Also, I doubt you need to replace the knob with new:
- Remove the gear lever.
- Secure the gear lever in a vice.
- Apply tape around the driver, directly below the knob, so that the driver is not damaged or scratched when it is removed.
- Place a 32 mm open ended wrench under the edge of the knob.
- Carefully tap with a plastic hammer on the key from below.
- Lift out knob and driver.
- Remove the tape.
NOTE: A removed gear lever knob must not be installed again, but changed for a new.
- Remove the knob from the driver by pressing in the three plastic hooks on the driver with a small screwdriver.
- (The hooks are accessible under figures 1, 5 and 4 on the knob.)
- Note the steel spring below the knob.
The bottom flange of the gaiter/boot is just snapped arond the frame and can flip right off - IIRC.
Other way to do this is remove the entire shifter mech, and swap for a leather one. Also replace bushings while out.Thanks Chengny and Superaero.
The leather boot on my 9000 Aero parts car is attached to the reverse lockout shaft. It looks like the previous owner epoxied the knob back into place.
It sounds like you advise against trying to re-use the knob. Darn, because a new one costs $50.