Car Problem (shift knob removal)

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  1. Mark Fitzsimmons

    Mark Fitzsimmons Supporting Actor

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    I need to remove my shift knob.

    It screws on via threads.

    Is made of aluminum.

    Pretty sure the actual shifter is steel.

    Its been on for almost a year.

    It is secured in place with locktite.

    I've tried twisting it off many times with my hands.

    It will not budge.

    Help.
     
  2. Philip_G

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    manual? make sure there are no set screws under the shift boot collar. I would get a clamp like a quick clamp that has nice soft rubber pads and clamp it on the knob and start cranking.
     
  3. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    No set screws and yes manual.

    I'll have to try the clamp thing, I'm going to need some torque to get this off.

    The locktite is some nasty stuff.
     
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    why did you loctite it? and did you use red, blue, green..?
     
  5. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    It was blue.

    But problem solved, I found this really cool rubber strap wrench looking thing, took it right off. Even with the right tool it was a chore. Locktite is a lot stronger than I thought it was.

    I locktited it in the first place because when screwed all the way on, the shift patern was crooked, and leaving it loose bothered me. So I applied some locktite to the threads and screwed it on, lined it up, and let it set.

    Probably wasnt the smartest thing to do considering how hard it was to get off. But, when I put the knob back on its probably going to get another dose of locktite, knowing that I can get it off ;-)

    Also, FYI knob had to come off for a stereo install.
     
  6. Andrej Dolenc

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    You may want to try reinstalling the shift knob without any loctite. The stuff will stick to the threads for a while, so there may be just enough of it there to keep the shift knob from spinning on you. Worse comes to worse, you slap it on later.

    Andrej
     

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