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Gear Shift Knob Removal

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I was thinking of swapping my worn gear shift knob on my '94 S420 for a nice Zebrano Wood knob. Before I go and get one, Can anyone tell me definitively how to remove and replace it? I've checked the past threads here, and everyone seems to have different opinions or thoughts on how they THINK to do it, not HOW they did it (if they did).

Most say to put the gear selector into N or D, then press down and turn counter-clockwise and the knob will come off of the shaft, but all the replacements I've seen have a shaft attached, leading me to believe it needs to be removed lower down, requiring removing the console? Some of the aftermarket companies have even told me I may need to purchase an adapter for the shaft if produced before or after certain dates.

Has anyone done this and can tell me for sure how it's done?

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That is what it says in 92 manual

I think in the early 90s the knob came with the shaft and was removed by pushing down in "D" and turning 90 degrees clock wise and pulling up. The install is is to turn locking pin 90 degrees to driving direction (?) and turn till it snaps in.
I have heard people pushing down or giving it a rap with a rubber mallet to free it, I personally have tried and am not interested in any breakage, but the spring looks to be of respectable size. They describe it as bayonet style, much like a light bulb I guess

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Bill,

My 1992 300SE required the push down and turn procedure but other years have other methods of release. I suggest you contact service or even your parts guy at the dealer for the method of release yours requires. If it is the push down and release, be sure to check if the parts dept has the "saddle" that the end of the shifter goes into, as it is made of a pot metal type of material that breaks VERY easily. You will not be able to drive the car if it breaks. Don't ask me how I know....about $30-$40.

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Thanks guys. I just called the service dept. at the dealer, and they suggested I just bring them the parts and let them perform the swap (at an estimated $100+ charge). I was told '94 was a "transition year" and it may be removed one of several different ways, but if the wrong way was even attempted, it would mean me having to have the car towed in to them in the end since it'd be undriveable. I asked about the "saddle" as you mentioned, and he had no clue what I was talking about and said I'd have to bring it in for him to see and order. They also said the console has to be removed regardless to access the bottom of the shaft since the shaft end will not fit through the opening on the shifter slide once the pin & spring popped out and I'd probably lose them under the slide and have to also replace them.

I started getting the "lecture" about "owners should not be attempting to do things they know nothing about because in the end it only causes everyone more grief" at which point I thanked him and hung up.

I'm starting to think maybe this is not worth the effort or possible trouble it sounds like I would probably have even attempting to perform this swap.

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The Service DVD

The push down and rotate of the shift lever was introduced in 92 and was discontinued in 95 according to the "Intro to Service" bulletin on the 140 DVD. The my also introduced a one piece console panel versus the two piece. The newer style shift lever evidently has a nut of some kind just below the knob that has to be loosend and the knob pulls off. The one piece knob introduced in 92 has just the knob with a shaft coming out of it. The yoke with the knob pressure spring and the lateral springs on the shaft that allow the lever to pivot sideways is something I would not want to fool with if it breaks. If you have a rather long knob with nothing at the bottom it is the old style, if it has a nut of some kind it is the newer maybe they made the change early!
They dont address removing the console but might have to remove the console cover and the shift indicator cover. Why tempt fate, your 140 will give you pleasure and challenges in the future years

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