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Gearknob removal?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Ads, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Ads

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    Just a quickie....

    How do you remove the gearknob on a manual?
    The circular thin silver trim at the top gone a bit funny (and sharp) and is cutting my palms to shreds.
    I need to swap it.

    Is it just a case of twisting it off?

    Would rather know before I start guessing and pulling it around.

    Cheers
     
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  3. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    I've a small nick in mine too - cant really see it but you can feel it! If its any thing like the 8L it just pulls off vertically.
     
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    Tell me about it mate. My palm looks like someone has gone at it with a Stanley Knife!

    I'll try pulling it off.

    I'm looking for a replacement on ebay, but there's millions of dodgy looking ones. I just want the same as I already have.
    Keep searching I guess.
     
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    Remove ashtray
    Unscrew the gear stick surround
    Turn the gear gaitor inside out - bring the surround over the top of the gear stick
    Flat head screw driver to release the clip holding the gear knob on the the shaft
    Lift off

    Easy
     
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    Thanking you, Geezer! :icon_thumright:
     
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    How does the S3 gearknob feel on a TDi as it looks shorter - does it shorten the throw when changing gears?
     
  9. PNH80

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    I think i'm right in saying the knob and stick are all one unit.
    Just remove the ashtray, get your fingers down the back of the gearstick surround and PULL. Don't be scared of snapping it, it just pops out with a bit of force.

    I have actually got a barely used S-Line stick and gator for sale if required.
     
  10. Boydie

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    The gear knobs are the same - I had an s3 one in my TDI
     
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    What if I have no ashtray? I have the non smoking option, so how do I remove the trim from around the bear stick?
     
  12. PNH80

    PNH80 Low life livin' the high life.

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    I would imagine the gear stick surround is still identical? So that will just pop out the same.

    What does the non smoking pack have in place of the ashtray? Just a storage compartment?
     
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    I just replace mine on saturday, the chrome was chipping. brought a excellent one from member on here £30 gearknob and leather gaiter, chuffed :D
     
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    Its just an open area, with a non slip mat covering. Just an open storage area.

    So I just pull the gaiter up and the surround will come with it?

    Cheers
     
  15. Trevor Locke

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    Old thread i know, but i am doing this on mine as the chrome ring around the top has cracked and you can feel
    it in your palm, got one of ebay from a 2006 TDI which is as new for £29
     

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