: I cant get my knob off!!!



vseries
02-09-07, 02:18 PM
I tried last night to get my knob off for an hour and after cursing every word and yanking till my arms hurt I gave up . I had installed the UUC shifter about a month ago and wanted to put the better bushings in last night but that wasnt happening. I have on order a monaro shift knob so im thinking im gonna have to destroy the factory one to get it off once I get the new knob in. Any ideas ?

Lord Cadillac
02-09-07, 02:32 PM
This sounds like a very personal issue that we shouldn't be talking about in public. :p

heavymetals
02-09-07, 02:35 PM
link:

http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/sknob.html

NoSlackCadillac
02-09-07, 02:37 PM
I think that problem comes with age.

Seriously, taking off the knob can be extremely difficult, even with the stock shifter. If I remeber right from putting mine in, the UUC isn't beveled the way the stock one is. I do remember thinking, as the knob clicked into place on the UUC shift, "Well, that's never coming off."

The good news is that you don't have to take the knob off to swap the bushings. You can disconnect the shift from the linkages to the transmission if it is in your way, but you can put the bushings on while under the car.

I would use plenty of lubricant on the bushings and some people have suggested that beveling the leading edge helps put them on.

nikon
02-09-07, 02:42 PM
well, if your trying to push forward and pull up..try pulling back and up...my shifter kept coming off on hard 1-2 shifts so, thats how I get mine off now...just pull really hard in 2nd gear..and it should come off...however that is with the stock shifter....good luck.

vseries
02-09-07, 02:45 PM
link:

http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/sknob.html
I tried that I went in knowing how to do it and even took a break and reread as if I was missing somthing, That badboy did snap in nice when I put the UUC in. I guess Ill wait till I get the new knob and have to destroy the old one unless someone else wants to give my knob a yank:suspense:

Jon
02-09-07, 02:51 PM
You need lube

urbanski
02-09-07, 02:54 PM
tell me about it, i've tried many times and never budged it. followed FAQ, all that...no luck. and no snide comments :p

50 4Ever
02-09-07, 02:57 PM
I can't seem to remove mine at all. I've got the UUC and the knob will turn counter clockwise but not clockwise. Also the top of the boot is below the ring on the shifter, so I want to remove the knob but can't. Any other ideas?

:alchi:

svassh
02-09-07, 03:03 PM
Ok, heres what you do:

1. Straddle the console
2. Put the shifter in neutral
3. Pull the knob straight up towards your genitals

It will hurt like hell but Murphy's law dictates when there is a chance you will rack yourself you alway do.

The Tony Show
02-09-07, 03:04 PM
Monica Bellucci works every time for me.

*zing!*


Seriously though: Try putting the transmission in 2nd, then popping up the trim plate at the base of the boot, then folding that inside out over the knob. That's give you a larger handful of "stuff" to grab onto and yank up- just don't punch yourself in the face when it pops loose (don't ask).

50 4Ever
02-09-07, 03:24 PM
Monica Bellucci works every time for me.

*zing!*


Seriously though: Try putting the transmission in 2nd, then popping up the trim plate at the base of the boot, then folding that inside out over the knob. That's give you a larger handful of "stuff" to grab onto and yank up- just don't punch yourself in the face when it pops loose (don't ask).

Yea http://i.imdb.com/Photos/Events/5260/th-MonicaBell_Pimen_10881427_400.jpg

I tried what you suggested, not the Monica thing, but I got the boot up over the ring. The damn knob would not budge.

:thumbsup:

onebadcad
02-09-07, 03:31 PM
Three words of advice that has served me well:
Practice, Practice, Practice.

heavymetals
02-09-07, 04:39 PM
Sounds like you have a sacrificial knob.

CHP N-V
02-09-07, 06:42 PM
LOL that is freaking halirious!!!

vseries
02-09-07, 06:46 PM
Three words of advice that has served me well:
Practice, Practice, Practice.

Hey Darren once again thanks for the info,It was nice talking to you earlier today and you werent kiddin about your mods . Im glad im not the only one having this problem:crybaby:

ewill3rd
02-09-07, 07:08 PM
The UUC does hold onto the shift knob a little better than the factory shifter.
I just wrap both hands around the shifter knob and pull like mad. It comes off but I have to ease up before I smack myself in the chin.
I would agree that you should be able to do the bushings without taking the knob off, just lift up the boot and move it out of the way enough to get room to remove the two 10mm head bolts. It will suck with the knob stuck on the shifter.
If you have the sun roof you could open it, stand up with a foot on each side of the console, your head poking through the roof, grab the knob and pull like mad. I haven't actually had to do that so I am not sure about the physics of it all.

50 4Ever
02-10-07, 12:09 AM
The UUC does hold onto the shift knob a little better than the factory shifter.
I just wrap both hands around the shifter knob and pull like mad. It comes off but I have to ease up before I smack myself in the chin.
I would agree that you should be able to do the bushings without taking the knob off, just lift up the boot and move it out of the way enough to get room to remove the two 10mm head bolts. It will suck with the knob stuck on the shifter.
If you have the sun roof you could open it, stand up with a foot on each side of the console, your head poking through the roof, grab the knob and pull like mad. I haven't actually had to do that so I am not sure about the physics of it all.

My stock knob will rotate to the left but not the right, do you think there is a plastic piece inside of the knob broken? I noticed it after I got it back from the dealer after they did some tranny work (they had the tranny out 3 times).

:thumbsup:

ewill3rd
02-10-07, 06:05 AM
Did you ever notice it's rotational properties before this work?
This is the factory knob on a UUC shifter right?
Like I said, I have noticed that the knob easily comes off the stock shifter, but when I have to take them back off the UUC it is much more of a battle.

Is all you want to do replace the bushings or do you really really need this knob off?

50 4Ever
02-10-07, 02:59 PM
Did you ever notice it's rotational properties before this work?
This is the factory knob on a UUC shifter right?
Like I said, I have noticed that the knob easily comes off the stock shifter, but when I have to take them back off the UUC it is much more of a battle.

Is all you want to do replace the bushings or do you really really need this knob off?

I never noticed the rotational properties before the work. It was solid and would not rotate at all before the work. After the work was completed I was about a block away and noticed it would rotate to the left. I was almost late to an appointment or I would have taken it back to the dealer.

Yes, this is a factory knob on a UUC shifter.

Might be a stupid question but does the knob have to be removed to take out the tranny? If that's the case the dealer had to remove the knob 3 times.

I already have the bushings installed, bought them from James December 29, 2005. They were installed be a local dealer along with the UUC in mid January 2006.

I want the knob off to see what's wrong/broken, or should I just take it back to the dealer and not fuss with it?

The stock knob is not really the best when I'm on the track, I prefer a pistol grip type knob such that when hands are at 9 & 3, shifting is just moving right arm over without rotating wrist, wrapping palm and fingers around knob with thumb on top. Shifts are much more accurate. Something similar to the one I have in the Corvette (not the best picture).

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/504ever/rbafter3.jpg

I just want to get the knob off to see if it is fixable. I asked rgd if he had this problem and he said no because put a set screw in his knob.

ewill3rd
02-10-07, 07:34 PM
It shouldn't be required to remove the knob but then it depends on how they removed the trans.
I think you can remove the trans with the shifter still attached, they may have done it that way.
I can see why you want it off of there.
Maybe you should get a replacement knob in hand before you go messing with that one anymore, if it finally dies you'll have a stick poking up with no way to grip it.
I have never seen one break but we usually don't have to take them on and off so many times.

Redline CTS-V
02-10-07, 07:46 PM
There was a problem with some of the knobs also... May want to see if they (your dealer) would be willing to order just the updated shifter knob for you...

vseries
02-10-07, 09:41 PM
I never noticed the rotational properties before the work. It was solid and would not rotate at all before the work. After the work was completed I was about a block away and noticed it would rotate to the left. I was almost late to an appointment or I would have taken it back to the dealer.

Yes, this is a factory knob on a UUC shifter.

Might be a stupid question but does the knob have to be removed to take out the tranny? If that's the case the dealer had to remove the knob 3 times.

I already have the bushings installed, bought them from James December 29, 2005. They were installed be a local dealer along with the UUC in mid January 2006.

I want the knob off to see what's wrong/broken, or should I just take it back to the dealer and not fuss with it?

The stock knob is not really the best when I'm on the track, I prefer a pistol grip type knob such that when hands are at 9 & 3, shifting is just moving right arm over without rotating wrist, wrapping palm and fingers around knob with thumb on top. Shifts are much more accurate. Something similar to the one I have in the Corvette (not the best picture).

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/504ever/rbafter3.jpg

I just want to get the knob off to see if it is fixable. I asked rgd if he had this problem and he said no because put a set screw in his knob.

If the knob rotates it is broken , dont ask me how I know , Mine does what yours does now- Rotates counterclockwise but not clockwise, It was sort of my last resort the other night to try twisting and pulling up but that didnt work either.

50 4Ever
02-11-07, 01:53 AM
There was a problem with some of the knobs also... May want to see if they (your dealer) would be willing to order just the updated shifter knob for you...

I remember some discussion on this but I thought that the problem was the knob would come off while shifting. I will talk to the dealer and see if they will warranty it for me.

Thanks guys for all your responses.

:thumbsup:

ntechnic
02-11-07, 02:51 AM
I'm 50 years old, and I have the same problem. Enzyte doesn't work, but you might try Cialisis...Oh...OH...your SHIFTER knob...

Sorry couldn't resist. Seriously, I have stock knob on UUC, I am a large and strong man (think big here, I used to box light heavy weight a couple of decades ago) and I can NOT pull my knob off either. I felt the solid click when it on, and thought, I wonder if I can remove it? NOPE!

If I ever want an aftermarket know, I'll end up taking a cutting wheel to this one.

Redline CTS-V
02-11-07, 08:51 AM
I remember some discussion on this but I thought that the problem was the knob would come off while shifting. I will talk to the dealer and see if they will warranty it for me.

Thanks guys for all your responses.

:thumbsup:
That was what the bulletin was released for. But as ewill and others have said, it shouldn't rotate at all. If it rotates, something is not right...