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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-26-2008, 04:31 AM Thread Starter
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how to remove automatic shift knob assembly?

Removal of the shift knob is quite straight forward once you remove a
clip that allows the shift knob to be removed. I have attached some
graphics and a written removal sequence that should help you through the
steps.


if you need pics....send me a message ....i will send you pics


This clip is "copper" colored and is used to connect the shift knob
button to the shifter base pawl actuator mechanisim.

The service sequence should look like:
1. Pull the chrome shifter trim bezel up around the shift knob
2) Unplug the wire harness connector from the bezel
3) Loosen the the knob attachment set screw
4) Remove the retention clip
5) Pull up on knob

A couple things to note:
-A pair of needle-nose pliers works well for pulling the clip, but be
careful not to drop the clip into vehicle once it's removed. It will
need to be reused when the knob/bezel is reassembled to the vehicle.
-The knob is a slight press fit to the lever, so it may take some effort
to remove the knob once the set screw is loosened and the clip is
removed.
--When reassembling the knob/bezel to the shifter, make sure knob is
fully seated beforethe set screw is tightened....if the shift knob isn't
fully seated you could have problems removing the key from the vehicle.

DO NOT DO WHAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE DONE ...I HEARD THINGS LIKE..TAKE A DREMEL TOOL AND CUT IT....PLEASE PEOPLE....PONTIAC HAS MORE SENSE THAN TO GLUE THE THING ON....IT TOOK ME ALOT OF TIME TO FIND OUT HOW TO DO THIS PROPERLY...I SPOKE TO GM....ACTUALLY PONTIAC SOLSTICE DIVISION ...THEY WERE EXTREMLY HELPFULL..

TAKE CARE....samkelly 2006 pontiac solstice
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 12:27 PM
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I want to replace my shifter and am kind of worried about the "fragile retaining clip".

In case I damage it, can I still drive the car or will it be inoperable ?

Do I even need to mess with that when I replace the shifter with a complete new set like the one below ?

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-24-2019, 03:26 AM
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In the end I decided to let the dealer handle it. I was too afraid to have an inoperable car for weeks (shipping parts from US is often sloooooow).

Will post some shots of the end result later.
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Like SAMKELLY says.

No cutting, drilling, etc. necessary. remove one clip and the whole thing comes right off.

Bill.
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Thank you for the post. I was getting ready to figure out how to do this and you have saved my a ton of time.
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Can you tell me where you bought the shifter and plate?
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Many GM parts suppliers still have them. I bought mine at https://www.tascaparts.com/ , another good supplier is https://www.wholesalegmpartsonline.com/

In case you need a used one you could try https://www.redlineautoparts.com/pon...ce-saturn-sky/ , E-bay or https://www.schramauto.com/
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