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Title: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: irvine on 14 May 2018, 05:45 AM
Hey everyone, my auto gear knob is looking a bit tatty, I’m told the plastic gear knob is moulded to the gear leaver

How do I remove the gear leaver, is it an easy job or have I got to remove half the dash.

Thanks Neil.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: rumb on 14 May 2018, 06:11 AM
That is a job that you do have to remove the center console to access the bolts that hold the shift indicator, and then there is a lock nut  that releases the shift handle/knob.  So unfortunately it is a big job. All the heater control parts need disconnected. First time I would say about 4 hours.

It's a lot easier with both front seats removed, but that's another good job.  But at least it would give you opportunity to clean a lubricate a lot of the interior that is rarely accessed.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: irvine on 14 May 2018, 06:26 AM
I do hope your kidding me mate....

If that’s the case I’m cutting off the old one and fleeing on another.

Neil.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: daantjie on 14 May 2018, 06:34 AM
When I changed out the bushings on the shifter I just had to remove the wood surround and not the whole centre console.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: irvine on 14 May 2018, 06:40 AM
How did you remove the surround?

Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: nathan on 14 May 2018, 07:57 AM
ash try out - push down and pull out, disconnect electrical connector on L side as it comes out
two screws and then black metal Frame out
lift wood up then back.
4 x10mm? holding black plastic surround with gear indicator out.
then you need to slide a 14mm wrench from memory to base of gear shifter and hold the 14 whilst you this the shifter from memory.
I think thats it.
console does not need to come out for this one.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: irvine on 14 May 2018, 08:34 AM
You are a champion.

Thanks,
Neil.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: rumb on 14 May 2018, 09:37 AM
my bad    :o
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: raueda1 on 14 May 2018, 06:54 PM
my bad    :o
I love when I'm wrong like that.  ::)
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: irvine on 14 May 2018, 07:18 PM
my bad    :o

Info still going in the right direction mate.

Cheers lads for the info,
Neil.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: Mattr on 21 May 2018, 01:47 PM
Can you post up what you wind up doing with yours? I always thought some nice leather-wrapped hand grip would look good there (especially since I occasionally rest my hand on it), but it hasn't been a priority for me to pursue replacing yet, so I hadn't looked into it further.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: irvine on 23 May 2018, 05:45 AM
Will do mate.
Was thinking of a simple wooden ball same as or close to the wood in the dash, or a polished ball classic Ferrari style.
Think that the selector knob just looks silly, like a wort on the interior.

Neil.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: rumb on 23 May 2018, 07:03 AM
just buy a zebrano one

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-65-85-A-T-Zebrano-Wood-Shift-Knob-r107-w115-w116-w123-shifter-handle/352290413994?epid=191784667&hash=item5206251daa:g:S3AAAOSw8bpakkdA
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: daantjie on 23 May 2018, 07:39 AM
I have a better  (non URO) one I can sell you.  Send PM if interested.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: irvine on 25 May 2018, 06:33 AM
I have a better  (non URO) one I can sell you.  Send PM if interested.

Could you post a pic?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Tatty gear knob removal
Post by: daantjie on 25 May 2018, 09:58 PM
Send me a PM with you email address, I am having a tough time trying to compress pics so they can be uploaded here.  Thanks