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Changing an Automatic Gear Knob for the Holden VE II Commodore

  • Replacing the VE Automatic Gear Shift Knob and Trim Pieces
    The following document descibes how to replace the automatic transmission gear shift knob for VE Series I and Series II models.
    This includes how to correctly remove the knob trim pieces, as well as remove the knob and stalk assembly from the gear lever.
    The automatic gear knob removal should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
  • To remove the automatic gear knob from the gear lever assembly,
    you will require the following tools.

    A Small flat headed screw driver.
    A Phillips head screwdriver.
    A Long nose pliers.
  • To remove the automatic transmission shift knob, you will need to remove the transmission shift button from the knob assembly.
    To do this, carefully insert a small flat bladed screwdriver between the knob button, and the top of the shift knob.
    Next, gently pry the knob button outwards to disengage the knob button from the knob assembly, as shown in the following images.
    Gear Knob Button removal  Gear Knob Button removed from the Gear Knob
    Next, remove the shift button to expose the phillips head screw used to hold the shift knob backing in place.
    Using a flat headed screwdriver, remove the exposed phillips head screw, and remove the shift knob rubber / leather backing.
    Gear Knob rubber and leather trim screw location  Gear Knob rubber and leather trim removed
    Next, locate the circlip located towards the bottom of the knob, which is used to hold the silver trim, and the knob assembly in place.
    With the circlip removed, pull the plastic silver assembly from the shift knob.
    Gear Knob mounting circlip  Gear Knob silver plastic trim removed
    Finally, the shift knob can now be easily pulled from the gear shift lever assembly, by gently pulling the knob outwards, off the gear shift lever assembly.
    Gear Knob Assembly removal  Gear Knob assembly removed
    The resulting automatic gear shift knob parts can now be re-assembled and stored or cleaned for later use.
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