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Re: removing and fitting a new gear knob bmw e46 318i man...
Hi joserosa if this is a manual gearbox you just have to grip the gear knob and pull upwards until the gear knob is removed, the same principle is applied for a auto box but hold in the release button while removing, regards Mark.
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1) First buy a new thermostat for you car year and model. 2) Then as per the procedure. Remove the radiator cap. Be careful that there will be pressure in the radiator. So just let the pressure release first before removing the cap completely. 3) The thermostat is connected to the black hose coming from radiator. 4) On the top of the engine there will be thermostat cover. The cover is fitted by two bolts on each side. 5) Then remove the hose connected to radio with the help of a pier. 6) The other end of the hose is connected at thermostat cover. Carefully remove the other end of the hose. A bit of coolant will flow from the hose while removing the hose. 7) Remove the screws holding the thermostat cover. Lift the cover after the screws are takes out. Then take the thermostat seated under the cover. 8) Remove the old gasket out from the thermostat with the help of knife. 9) Before removing the old thermostat carefully notice the position of old thermostat. In the same way place the new thermostat with the spring assembly in the down side of the engine. 10) Refit all the parts removed while removing the old thermostat properly. 11)After every thing is fitted proper as it was before, then check the coolant level if its low get it refilled till the required level. This will help. Thanks.
First, unscrew the original gear knoband remove completely.
Next unclip the panel which covers the base of the gear knob. This unclips quite easily without the use of tools or screwdrivers. Pop it off from the top end first and then lifts out from the bottom.
Screw on the new gear knob. Once tightly fitting, put the gaiterover it. Top Tip - use a cable tie to keep the new gaitor fitting snug! This stops it slipping down and looking saggy. Clip off the excess off the end of thecable tie.
Finally tuck the new gaiterin and ensure it is fitting snug. Then follow clip the plastic base cover back on. Sit back and look proudly at you new smart, quality gear knoband gaiter!
hi. is this a manul shift trans?? if yes, then it is an easy fix. really it is. remove shifter knob and boot to gain access to the shifter assembly, you should be looking at the top of the transmission, remove 3 to 4 bolts holding the shifter in. slowly lift the shifter out of the trans, there should be a plastic "bushing" between the shfter and the shifting rod, its probably destoryed thats why reverse is hard to get, it adds more "throw" moving the shift rod of the trans more forward and firmly into gear.
Some gear knobs have a set screw on them. Look at the base of the knob all the way around knob. If there is no set screw than it is on just tight with thread lock. You will need to use some force to remove. You also need to turn in a counter clockwise motion to remove.
no checking the trans fluid. There is a drain and fill plug. Jack up the car, keep it level, at hot temp, remove fill plug, if a little fluid comes out, it is at the correct level. know the difference between the drain and fill plug. the fill plug is higher.
It's very simple. Involves a bit of fore arm strenght.
It should pull straight off. Just put one hand around the gear knob & your other hand supporting or gripping with both.
Just pull straight up. It shouldn't need much force. A small amount of glue may have been used to help hold it in place.
The knob might come off leaving the plastic sleeve/insert in the shifter. Same again, just grip that & try pull it off. A vice grips should not be neccessary but if you need it be carefull not to apply too much pressure as you don't want to break the sleeve into pieces.
The new knob should have a sleeve with it. Normally it will be inserted & you should be able to just pop it straight on.
Make sure it's lined up properly. You probably noticed on the bare metal shifter that it has a notch normally running across from left to right. Well inside the knob if you can see in you will notice it has a plastic or metal piece that will fit into this notch. This is to stop the knob from spinning around or slipping!
Just push down on the top of the knob & try slide it over the shifter. It might not go down all the way with pushing so a few taps with you palm may be enough if you have big strong hands but if not be carefull & only use a rubber head hammer or something you can hold but won't mark or break the knob.
Put a towel or old t-shirt over the knob & use anythink heavy that you can hold easily with one hand & that has no sharp edges!
I don't think any glue should be neccessary but if you feel it needs a little & the knob is comming off or going on too easy then just a few drops on the sides of the bare metal shifter before sliding the knob back on should suffice!