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Old 05-09-2015, 10:58 AM   #1
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removal of gear shift handle 93,2003

How do you do it???
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:59 AM   #2
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If you are talking about a 2003 convertible...otherwise you are in the wrong forum....you take a 19mm open end wrentch - putsome electrical tape around it...place it in the reverse lift up...and whack up on the wrench with a hammer. will eventually pop off the gaiter, lift gate and knob. To remove the knob...well you have to cut that apart.

Again presuming you have a manual trans. Lots of details missing here
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:58 PM   #3
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I'll agree, lots missing:

If it's an 5 speed OG9-3 (1998 - 2002 + 2003 Vert) the knob, reverse lockout shaft and boot all come off as a unit.

Often, freeing the boot from the center console and lifting HARD on the knob will free the bits and pieces. Else, as noted, you can use a wrench and mallet to tap the assembly off the shift lever.

Once off, the knob can be removed from the reverse lockout shaft. There are three "ears", one at the very back under the "4" on the knob, the other two equally spaced apart. You can slip a thin tool between the knob and lockout and uncatch the three tabs. Tricky, but very possible.

If it's an automatic of the same years, again, pop off the bottom cover at the console.

There's a T10 headed screw just above the release trigger. Remove that screw and with care, the front half of the shift lever separates from the rear.

Remove the front half and then under the release trigger is a "U" shaped clip. Pull that clip forward to free the trigger.

From there, the rear half of the lever slides up the shift lever.

On the earlier cars, the "Sport" button wiring is soldered to the button, best to unsolder, clean the solder off the switch terminals and then install crimp on QD's. -- on the later cars, small QD spades were used from the factory.

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