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Re: 1992 grand am stift knob
In my experience, in general most automatic car shifters that are in the middle of the car have a slot on the back side of the shifter. You may need to press your finger on the back side to 'feel' the slot. Use a nail or needle nose pliers to pull out the C looking clip. Becarefull because the shift knob button (that you have to press to move the shifter) is spring loaded so if you don't hold on to the whole assembly things might go flying. If you really want to be cautious put a bag over the shifter when you remove it.
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go to the scrapyard and find a accident damaged vehicle then buy the box and the computer and change the whole lot ,failing which buy a newer secondhand car as it may be cheaper in the long run preffably one with a manual gearbox
Usually there is a nut on the bottom of a shift knob that needs to be loosened, then the knob just screws off. Use a wrench, if it's hexagonal, if it's just round or there is no nut it may just screw off. It will be really tight though, be prepared to have to really crank on it to get it loose. The new one should just thread back on. You may need to install a nut on the bottom to adjust the rotation of any pattern or gear shift diagram on the new one.
the piece for the push pull, is removable, under the switch about half way bac there is a small button that you push, it will alow the knob to be removed, it is installed into the new one once it is in place. the lower cover needs to be removed as does the cluster trim and the switch is held in place by two phillips screws
its very possible a knob may have been bumped as a tech was getting in/out of vehicle, but fact of the matter is, this is a he said/she said kind of case. and these stock radios are junk to begin with.i highly doubt anyone would go to the effort of removing/replacing a stock radio. they just simply aren't worth anyone's time or effort. techs often -mistakenly or not- get blamed for incidental damage and when accused, it gets their dander up. you're not going to get anywhere with this one. my advice? buck up and buy a good radio if you plan on keeping the vehicle. www.crutchfields.com is a good place to shop. they often provide free shipping and always include installation hardware and needed electrical adapters and instructions. great place and great service from my experience.
I never took mine off but but I bet its either got a tiny allen bolt, or a locknut and its hidden under the leather or it has threadlocker from the factory and is not meant to come off. You might try and find an old grand am, grand prix or alero at the junkyard and go reef on one of those before destroying your stock knob, you could also try and call a GM mechanic at the dealership and ask them, just ask to talk to ther service department and then ask to talk to a mechanic. they would have to know, or maybe a local stereo place might know a trick or two. Hang onto that car if you can, it will be worth money someday..