Knob and/or Shift Boot Installation Instructions
Total time should be about 15 minutes
for shift knob installation and 30 minutes for shift boot
installation. Difficulty level - Really easy.
- Slot screwdriver.
- Hot glue gun or some way to secure shift boot to shifter (shift boot
- Remove inner console storage unit (the felt lined part that your
stuff goes in-it just lifts out).
- Remove console cover unit. Use a slot screwdriver to get it started
as shown in picture below. Make sure the cupholders are in the open
position as shown in the picture. Once started, you can pull from the
sides to pop it out of the clips. After it's been popped out, you'll
need to put the car in gear to get it over the shift knob. Disconnect
the heated seat switches if you have them.
- There is a large horseshoe clip at the front of the shift knob as
shown in this picture below.
- Remove the horseshoe clip as shown in the picture below.
- The shifter knob and shifter will now lift off as shown in the
picture below. If you have a performance shift button, be careful not to
pull it off to hard because there are wires attached to the inside of
it. You'll need to follow those wires down into the console and unplug
it. Also, on the left underside of the shifter, there is a light bulb
attached into a socket. Twist the bulb socket counter clockwise 1/4 of a
turn and remove the light from the shifter.
- If you are only replacing the shift knob and have Performance Shift,
skip to step 11. If you are only replacing the shift knob and don't have
Performance Shift, skip to step 13.
- There are four clips that hold the shift boot assembly to the
shifter. Unclip those and you'll have just the upper section of the
shifter and the shift boot in your hand. Be careful not to lose the
long, slim red strip of plastic. In fact, its not a bad idea to use a
dab of glue on either end of it to secure it back in place. This will
make it easier when reassembling the unit later.
- Carefully remove the shift boot from the shifter. You'll be able to
see the small circles where it is hot glued to the shifter
- Install the new shift boot in the same manner that the old one was
in. Use a hot glue gun or other adhesive to secure the boot to the
shifter as the old shift boot was. See picture below.
- Reassemble the top part of the sifter with the bottom part snapping
it back in place. Your shifter should look like this.
- If you have Performance Shift, run the wire from your shift knob
down through the hole in the top of the shift boot and out the bottom as
- Reconnect that wire to the plug you unplugged it from down inside
- Reinstall the light socket to the bottom of the console.
- Slide the unit over the shift lever being careful to not let the
shift lever get caught on the inside of the shift boot. The shift lever
should slip through the hole in the top of the shift boot. As you snap
the shifter unit back into place, be careful to make sure that the shift
lock release and shift release levers are situated in the correct
positions. Slide the shift knob over the shift lever and press down
until it is in the right position to allow the shifter to engage the
shift release when pushing the shift release button. Secure the shift
knob and snap the shifter unit back into place.
- Reinstall the console cover unit and the inner console storage
- Make sure that the car shifts through all the gears and that
Performance Shift works and you're finished. If you're lucky, you'll
have nothing left over and it should look something like
This page was last updated on December 4, 2001