The shifter on the Miata appears to separate into two separate pieces. Once the shifter and knob is removed, you can see a small hole going down the length of the shifter and a small hole in the side with some spring loaded detent inside. I am trying to separate the shifter cover from the lower assembly. Some internet posts state that disassembly is not required; that you only need to lube the new shifter boot with silicon lube and slide it over the shifter. This is true with the outer shifter boot that attaches to the car, but not true with the dry rooted boot that attaches to the transmission. How does the shifter sleeve separate from the lower shifter assembly? My initial attempts to twist off the upper part failed.
The lower shifter boot is attached to the transmission by 3 10mm bolts. You will need to remove to center consoule and the upper shift boot that attaches to the car to be able to remove the lower boot. Then you can replace the lower boot.
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I had a 1984 D50 years ago with a manual transmission. If I remember right, there is a boot covering the lower portion of the shift lever, and the boot was held in place by a frame screwed to the floor. If you remove the screws, and the knob on the shifter, you should be able to lift the boot and frame up off the shifter. Look where the shifter goes into the transmission, and see if there are visible bolts. Make sure these bolts are all there and are tight. (Don't force the bolts tight - make sure the shifter is located in the transmission properly.)
If the bolts are there and are all tight, then you have some problems internally in the selector rod(s) and/or shift forks, and the transmission will have to be removed and disassembled to repair it.
If you have a stick shift ( floor shift) remove the boot around the gear stick and the insulation on the floor to reveal the 4 bolts that hold the shift turret on to the top of the box. Undo the bolts and lift the gear lever assembly out of the gear box.
gear shifter as transmission inside it. well best replace transmission or you'll need a pulley and few sockets. as the shift. the shift you pull the knob or act as if you are prying it out it stay out. once out far enough push down on the bottom sparkling part of the stick. once down pull knob. then fallow the screw on side for removal.
Wow, well the shift knob has two contact points. One holds it in place and the other is contacting three different linkages at different times for gear selection How Manual Transmission Works , with pieces falling out or off, it causes things not to match up the way they're supposed to. I would get that fixed ASAP before you get stranded because it won't go into gear.
Remove the center consule. Underneath the leather boot around the shifter lever is a rubber boot sealing the shifter lever to the tunnel. This prevents road dust, water, and fumes, etc. from entering the cockpit. Under this rubber boot is another rubber boot sealing the shifter lever to the transmission. It is possible one or both rubber boots are ruptured. Should replace both anyway, if one is. I assume you have a manual transmission.
At the bottom of the shifter knob is a small plastic sleave. Move thet sleave down. It will take some pressure. When you move it down, there will may be a clip (remove clip if there is one there) and unscrew shift knob.
There are two types of shift knobs. One that unscrews and one that the lower trim of the shift knob separates from the knob using a trim stick. After separating the lower trim from the knob pull upward to release the knob from the shift lever. If a new shifter assembly is being installed, unscrew the original shift knob or separate the lower trim from the knob and pull up to remove the knob from the shift lever. Screw the knob onto the new shifter assembly's lever no more than 14 turns or install the lower trim onto the shift lever then push the knob onto the shift lever and install the lower trim piece onto the shift knob.