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Old 05-20-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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How to remove shift knob/boot

Hey guys, i search the site but was not able to find this one. Is there a write up on how to replaced the shift knob/boot on the 2004 GTO. I just got mine and I have no clue....thanks
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Knob just unscrews and the boot is held on by clips under the plastic trim piece. It's actually really easy.
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http://kb.ls1gto.com/KB/article.aspx...7&cNode=8F2X0Y

That's a good article on how to get into the shift boot/console. As for the knob, it's held on by some clips or something.. I've heard it's a hassle to get off.
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After removing the plastic trim piece, there should be 4 little clips you'll see that hold the boot down.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:10 PM   #5
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Manual or auto? Manual knob has plastic clips and some type of adhesive. The boot is zip-tied from the inside. Remove the top section of the console, unclip the bottom section of the boot, turn it inside out and clip the zip-tie. Then yank the knob off.
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I don't recall any clips on the manual knob. You just have to pull it straight up as hard as you can. It is keyed iirc, so you can't turn it. Don't give yourself a black eye like I did when it comes off. It comes off with the full force of you pulling up on it, and has a decent heft to it. RTV black to reinstall.
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do you need to take the boot first in order to take the knob out?
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do you need to take the boot first in order to take the knob out?


You shouldn't. Should just pull straight up, keyed shaft.

I've had to remove my console/ boot assembly a few times. There are three clips on each side of the trim. Get a small flathead screwdriver and slowly, CAREFULLY start from the back and slowly work your way towards your shift knob. you'll feel where the first clip is and keep slowly prying up and towards the clip until it pops out. (don't rush and break the clips/plastic trim!) repeat for every clip on both sides.

There is a small screw in the change tray area. Philips head, upper right part on the back part of that piece. Take it out.

The whole piece should slide out (pull out towards back of car)

Shift boot should be exposed and held in with some cheap-o clips and comes out very easy.

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It does...thanks a lot. Ill take pics of the new shift knob

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Also forgot to disconnect window and T/C switches!
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My knob was super difficult to get off. It pulls straight off but in my case not easily. I ended up putting the stick in I vise upside down and putting a 3/4 inch wrench over the base of the knob and completely wailing on the wrench. It finally popped off, but I put a nice chip in the edge of the knob where it popped off and nailed the edge of the workbench.
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I don't recall any clips on the manual knob. You just have to pull it straight up as hard as you can. It is keyed iirc, so you can't turn it. Don't give yourself a black eye like I did when it comes off. It comes off with the full force of you pulling up on it, and has a decent heft to it. RTV black to reinstall.

Now thats some funny shit!
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Now thats some funny shit!

Oh yeah, I gots a picture somewhere in one of the million pictures I took of write ups that never happened from mods I did, of me with a huge split in the side of my eye socket, blood drooling and all, from where that smurfer let loose and I blasted myself right in the eye with that bitch. Shit was purple for a week.
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i read a thread long time ago where one of the members figured to slide some toothpicks (i think, or something like it) between the shaft and the knob to "open" the "clips". this made it "easier" to remove, according to him. it might be worth a try. (notice quote/unquotes, lol, per experience, sometimes, not all things with these cars is as quoted lol). good luck!
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Oh yeah, I gots a picture somewhere in one of the million pictures I took of write ups that never happened from mods I did, of me with a huge split in the side of my eye socket, blood drooling and all, from where that smurfer let loose and I blasted myself right in the eye with that bitch. Shit was purple for a week.

Ouch!! I thought having my hydraulic arms on my hood fail while torquing down header bolts was bad! hood hit me right on the head and left me a nasty bump. needless to say I threw a perfectly good torque wrench about 50 yards while yelling every curse word known to man..
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Haha we need to start a new lounge room based on shit we have done/said while throwing hissy fits from working on the car. I am sure everyone here has a good story or two to tell.
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Haha we need to start a new lounge room based on shit we have done/said while throwing hissy fits from working on the car. I am sure everyone here has a good story or two to tell.

+1 for that!
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i read a thread long time ago where one of the members figured to slide some toothpicks (i think, or something like it) between the shaft and the knob to "open" the "clips". this made it "easier" to remove, according to him. it might be worth a try. (notice quote/unquotes, lol, per experience, sometimes, not all things with these cars is as quoted lol). good luck!

I haven't tried to remove mine. Is there not a special tool for removing the shift knob? like the ones used to remove fuel line connections? Seems like one of those things shoved up there would open all the blue clips at once.
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