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    Hi,

    I bought an E46 330d manual (6 speed) at the weekend. The car is lovely but the M Sport gearknob is a bit worn. I'd like to change it to a Momo Airace but need some advice on how to remove the existing gear knob, and also whether anyone knows if these Momo's will fit or not?

    All advice welcome.

    PS - here's the one I want to fit:

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    I couldn't tell you if that one in the picture will fit, you may have to contact the supplier or manufacturer for confirmation, but if you want to remove your old one, sit in the passengers seat (putting the car in second gear sometimes helps) and pull upwards with all your strength..... Be careful not to hit yourself on the nose or something else when it finally does give way - there is quite a list of injuries from people trying this.

    Oh, and a twisting action "sometimes" helps, although I am not sure on this myself.
     
     

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    Ok cheers. Is the gaiter connected to the knob?
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    No, good luck with it.... TBH I had an E46 330 Touring that I wanted to change the gear nob on - gave up and part exchanged the car instead... Nearly burst something trying to get it off, and I am no light weight either!
     
     

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    Ok, I've been to halfords (they have money off these knobs at the min) and got it fitted in the car park. I got the existing knob off with very little drama, just did as you suggested and sat in the pax seat and put it in 2nd gear and pulled it upwards. I'm pretty strong but even so it was no drama.

    One thing I noticed while fitting the new knob is that it comes with three grub screws to hold the knob onto the shaft, and these grub screws get covered by the lower cowl which screws up to cover them. Well, it turns out that if you drop one of the grub screws and just use two then the knob goes on at a slight angle (as the top is centred by the tip of the shaft but the base offset by using only 2 grub screws). The angle is very slight but it's enough that the lower cowl can't screw onto the bottom of the knob and will cross thread. So the answer is to use all three (short) grub screws and make sure that the knob is on the shaft straight so the lower cowl can screw on straight without interfering with the shaft.

    HTH someone in future.

    PS - no knob/shaft gags please!
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