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Old 10-19-2014, 09:47 PM
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Default Gear Shift Lever

The white plastic end on my shift lever gave up and broke the other day. I got a new shift lever and wonder if someone can give me directions to remove the old one and install the new one? I couldn't find anything in the shop manual.
Is there a specific gear I should have it in when starting to remove the pin? Once the pin is removed, how is the lever removed? Is there a twist action, etc to get it out??
I thought the white plastic may just unscrew, but after using a locking pliers on what was left on the old one, it was clear that wasn't the way they came.
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:57 PM
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Once you have the pin removed the lever should just pull out. It may help to pull the lever towards you while you try to get it out. The gear it's in really doesn't matter.

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Old 10-19-2014, 10:35 PM
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I agree with John, but I think it is easiest to put it in N to remove the lever. Definitely pull the lever towards the steering wheel, as this will release the tab on the shift lever from the detent plate. The big rubber grommet on the shift lever makes it a bit tight for removal and reinstall. A little silicone spray or soapy water might help if you have problems.
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