Fixing Your Car’s Transmission with a Shifter Repair Kit
Driving a manual car gives you the freedom of controlling the gears that operate your vehicle. You can go as slow or as fast as you want, thanks to the shifter installed in your car. Situated between the driver and the passenger seat, the shifter can get damaged over time. To regain control of your car, you need to have a shifter repair kit ready.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Materials to be used:
- Flat-blade screwdriver
- Safety gloves
- New shifter repair kit
Step 1: Remove the busted shift knob by pulling it up with moderate force. Be sure you exercise caution when pulling to avoid damaging other interior parts of your vehicle. The knob can be difficult to detach from the shift selector, as it is force fit onto the lever, instead of being mechanically attached. Wiggle the knob while pulling, but brace yourself so that you don't harm the roof when the knob breaks loose.
Step 2: Engage your car's parking brake, and set the transmission to low gear. Override the shift interlock system by turning the ignition on without starting the car.
Step 3: Get a small flat-blade screwdriver, and bring out your shifter repair kit. Use the screwdriver to push the release arm from inside the shift knob housing. You should now be able to see and access the shift knob release button.
Step 4: Use a screwdriver to drag the button away from the knob housing. This should reveal the internal spring. Remove the internal spring from the release button using a screwdriver. Then, take out the release button, and put it away from the shift knob.
Step 5: Record the initial layout of the stock internal spring. Once you've noted its orientation, replace the spring with the new one that came with the package.
Step 6: Fetch the steel rod, and transfer it from the previous release knob to the new release knob. Carefully fasten the release knob back into the knob housing. Return the internal spring using a flat-blade screwdriver to reposition the spring on the release knob.
Step 7: Next, reinstall the release knob into the housing; make sure that you put it in the exact same position before you removed it. If you can't return the release knob into the housing, don't force it in place. Inspect if the steel rod is properly centered in the release knob. Then, try to reinstall the knob back into the housing once more.
Step 8: Return the shift knob back into the gear selector. Use only moderate force to reinstall the component by pressing downward, with a quick smack using your palm.
Step 9: Reinstall the shift selection boot back onto the shift knob assembly.
Note: If you are having difficulty fitting the new shifter knob into the OEM linkage, then you probably have the wrong component. Some shifter repair kit manufacturers produce the shift knobs based on certain car makes and models. Be sure that you only get the shift knob that's custom-fit to your vehicle.