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Old 07-04-2004, 07:17 AM   #31
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That's exactly what I did...the Fedex guy dropped off the box, and before I even went out to look at it, I was gathering the tools I would need to install it. I ran into trouble right away with the shift knob, but maybe because I'm a girl, it makes me a little more persistant. I wasn't about to say I couldnt do it that soon into an install. At first, I had a piece of rubber wrapped around the base of the knob with a towel over that, with a big set of vise-grips and I was bearing down with all I had and the damn thing just wouldn't move. I figured there had to be an easier way if all these boys were able to do it, so I poked around a little and pulled the boot up, and that's when I saw the place for a wrench. So, contrary to what S2 believes,
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Old 07-04-2004, 08:28 AM   #32
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Sorry about that, nothing bad intended or insinuated by that, just a bad assumption plus I didn't read your profile... would have helped.... Nice post Amanda....
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Old 07-04-2004, 10:57 AM   #33
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If you put a wrench on it and you're still having problems, couldn't you just slip a pipe over the end of the wrench for some leverage?
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Yeah of couse you could but do it carefully, you don't want to be bending all the stuff holding the shifter (remember the shift linkage is attached to the bottom of the shifter and the housing the shifter sits in isn't made super strong. Plus if you ever slipped, bye bye dash. They can't be on there that bad, they don't weld them down, just maybe grab the shifter shaft with one hand and the wrench with the other to stabalize it, then go to town on it....
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Yeah, when I finally found the "nut" area, all I used was a 6" crescent wrench. If a 120 lb girl can get it off (god, this post is just screaming for smart-ass comments), then I don't figure anyone else should have much of a problem.
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^ that is exactly what I was getting at, it can't be welded on, use some elbow grease....
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I had the same problem. I wish I would have asked your question because now my shift knob is scratched on the metal below the leather part. I covered it with some red relfective tape. Can you buy a new one?
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Yeah of course you can buy a new one, head to the dealership, go to parts and order a new one in or just go with an aftermarket one, they look alot better then the OEM ones anyway. You can also check out the junkyards (insurance wreckers) and they might by chance have an SVT Focus that have been crashed up, you might luck out on that....
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I got mine off, no problems. Actually turned it by hand while sitting at a red light... Maybe cuz my car is only half a year old, it didn't have time to sieze up. :D
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