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Hi folks. I've got all the pics + understand how it fits...but has anyone successfully removed a 'Chinese' gearknob?

There must be a technique I'm missing - or is it a hacksaw + counselling job? :) Anyone done it that can pass on the dark secrets?
 

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You just pull it. Very very hard. Like, VERY hard. Drop the roof, stand in the cockpit straddling the gear knob. Pull with all your might.

That's it.

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Yep that worked! :)

I've been trying for ages respectfully twisting and pulling with gentle force not knowing how it's done....

Shows the power of the forum tho'; I got the same advice from the other one and, empowered with mew confidence, 'gave it the beans' in an upwards direction.

The only downside was that I felt something go downwards as I rose rapidly upwards when it finally let go, heard it drop, spent ages looking for something on the floor, under the carpets/ seats etc then found that tiny clip balanced out of the way vertically on the ledge by the radio :) Now to bend it back into shape and look for a replacement g/knob that doesn't look so 'in ya face', out of place and isn't a rusty brown colour...(oh, why did they do this?)

Thanks again folks! :) :)
 

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So...I've discovered you have to pull MGMotors/chinese TF gearknobs upwards (only) if you want to remove them - 'cos the round gearstick has a 'flat' on the driver's side which matches a 'flat' up inside the gearknob to give it the right position for the H gate info.

If you try to twist before removal you might deform the 'flat' in the gearknob and have to suffer an annoying twisting play when you change gear, which I 'solved' (fingers crossed it lasts :)) using a small smear of hot melt glue on the gearknob 'flat' - just before pushing it back on - to take up the slack. Silicone might work, hot melt cures quicker, but the glue ought. to be soft enough for future upwards removal.

And for Chris T a slightly stuck gearknob isn't that bad but it could come off in your hand :cool: if you pull it too often :)

Hope this helps; my previous silver F gearknob merely unscrewed and it's easy to assume they all do...
 
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