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dhla40
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« on: 07 June, 2009, 10:31:21 PM »

Hi

I am trying to remove the gearknob from a S3 but it wont budge, is it screwed on or glued?  Any tips greatly appreciated.

Sean
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« Reply #1 on: 08 June, 2009, 09:45:19 AM »

From memory screwed............. (yes, memory and gearknob Cheesy)
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« Reply #2 on: 08 June, 2009, 06:01:35 PM »

It's screwed on my S2 Fulvia.
If you can't easily turn it I suspect someone may have put a drop of glue to hold it tight. Hopefully - assuming you've got a strong grip and that someone hasn't put some really mad strong glue up there - you can 'snap' the glue seal!
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« Reply #3 on: 08 June, 2009, 07:34:39 PM »

Is there not a locking nut under the wooden ball?
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« Reply #4 on: 08 June, 2009, 09:27:12 PM »

no locking nut just screwed on , strap wrench would probably shift it, they can be a bit of a nightmare but once that initial crack they unscrew with ease, good luck  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: 08 June, 2009, 10:45:36 PM »

The problem I had taking the knob off my Series three was that the gear lever is in two parts.  The chrome top is fitted to the gear change rod via a nylon bush.  Turning the knob just turned the whole shaft on the lower part.  So you'll need to hold the lower bit firmly as well as gripping the knob above.

By the way, I presume your knob is a wooden turned part with a varnish finish.  If it is anything else, it is probably an after-market knob and may be fixed in some other way than just screwed on.

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ian
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« Reply #6 on: 08 June, 2009, 10:56:43 PM »

I can't get my gearknob off either but it turns and turns and squeaks everytime i change gear!
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« Reply #7 on: 11 June, 2009, 09:15:07 PM »

It looks like the original wooden knob but I cant shift it even with mole grips and rubber holding the stick.  Looks like I will have to take the stick off and grip the bottom end in a vice.  I suppose I could just sand it down and re-varnish but I have a spare aluminium one that I think will look better.

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« Reply #8 on: 12 June, 2009, 05:08:58 PM »

The trick is to be able to lock the chrome part while heaving on the knob with a pair of stilsons.

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