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      Automatic shift knob is NOT manual shift knob!

      Ask me how I know.

      I followed MNIWT's video on removing a MANUAL shift knob. He clearly labels it as instructions for a manual shift, but after failing to succeed by following the VIDA instructions, I tried following his video.

      It did come off, but I broke the alignment key on the AUTOMATIC knob. It tuns out that the alignment key is plastic, and if following the MANUAL instructions, the key will be sheared off. Ooops.

      It turns out that VIDA's instructions are a little off for my '06 V50: There is a collar below the knob that is shown as being slid down well clear of the knob. In my V50, the collar runs into the shift gate and cannot clear the bottom of the knob, and cannot release the dogs that engage the shift lever and keep it from coming off.

      My alignment key is now a screw driven into the plastic in the way of the alignment notch on the shift lever. I made sure it wouldn't interfere with the Park release pin.

      Sigh.
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      I've had success swapping the knob by using the following few tricks:

      Use the gearshift override (under a little door to the left of the gate) to:
      Place the gear lever between the drive and geartronic positions and convince that collar down

      Then proceed with yanking.

      I have no idea how folks get that collar off without putting the gear knob in some odd position like I have had to.

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      Hee hee, too late for me, but it will help someone else! The VIDA illustration shows about 1/2" clearance between the lowered collar and the knob, but reality (in my case, at least) the clearance is negative 1/8" or so. Your solution would make it work.

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      Should have used my old video for the Automatic knob.

      That collar is supposed to come off with the knob, it is not supposed to be removed from the knob prior to pulling the knob off.


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      Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIdeasWereTaken View Post
      Should have used my old video for the Automatic knob.

      That collar is supposed to come off with the knob, it is not supposed to be removed from the knob prior to pulling the knob off.
      What he said. I like to place a block of wood across the shifter and use it as a pivot for a large screwdriver, levering the knob upwards.

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