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post #1 of 7 Old June 29th, 2012, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Last Resort. PLEASE Help.

Hi everyone, I'm having A LOT of trouble with removing my shift knob on my 03 auto. I've read other posts on how to, and that I will have to put it in 1st and pull and that's not the problem. The problem is that the previous owner stripped the screw on the backside of the original knob trying to remove it himself. So I've read a couple posts and googled it and it suggested to drill through the screw and itll hopefully break and come out or to use a screw extractor. I tried both of these and neither worked. All it caused was for the screw to get buried somewhere in the knob and now I have no idea how to remove it or the shift knob itself. I called Ford and they said they'd charge me 110 bucks an hour to work on it regardless of if it was fixed or not so that is not an option. Any suggestions/ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 7 Old June 29th, 2012, 12:35 PM
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I believe if you remove the center console it will then be possible to remove the entire shifter assembly. It will be necessary to remove the shifter cable from underneath and there is an interlock cable in the front of the shifter, then some small bolts hold it in. With it out of the car it may be easier to get it apart or you may be able to get a used shifter.
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Okay, I'll definitely try that out. Thank you
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post #4 of 7 Old June 29th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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This is what I use for stripped bolts


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This is what I use for stripped bolts

The problem here is a set screw with an allen head so that tool won't help.
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post #7 of 7 Old June 30th, 2012, 12:43 AM
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Even if he tries to remove the center console, you need to pulled the shift head off the throw shifter... sorry OP but I believe that unless you can drill the screw out, just pull like your life depends on it and hope that the shifter isn't ruined with it finally comes out.



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