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Old 06-13-2002, 02:53 AM
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Question 1995 420 shifter knob

Can anyone state the correct procedure for removing the stock shift knob for the 1995 Mercedes 420? I have purchased a replacement from a private party and would like to do it myself. The replacement shift knob is threaded. I tried to unscrew the stock shifter but it is either not threaded or perhaps there is a certain procedure that must be performed in order to remove it. Can anyone say if it is possible to do without the help of a mechanic or tech? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-13-2002, 04:48 AM
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I saw some pics (I don't remember where) but you have to remove the wood paneling above the shifter. The bolts that hold your shift knob are beneath the shifter gate. It didn't look to difficult. You can see how to remove this panel under the DYI section - look at the stereo removal section. It's for an older E but I'd think the later models should be similar (they're all 124s right?).

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Old 07-21-2003, 06:27 PM
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Wanted to bring this one back to the top..

Has anyone attempted this on the W140? I had a look at it this weedend and can say for sure that there are no bolts holding the shift lever in place. Alldata says to put the vehicle in "D" and tap on the lever with the palm of your hand at the same time turning it clockwise. I found this info. this afternoon and will give it a shot tonight. If this is way off and you know the right way to do it please let me know.


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Old 07-22-2003, 10:47 AM
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I tried the method mentioned by AllData for removing the shifter and it didnt budge. Anyone have any other ideas?

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Old 08-11-2003, 09:53 AM
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UPDATE for the archives


Just wanted to state the correct procedurefor removing the shifter on a pre-1996 W140. There are no bolts to loosen and it could not be easier to remove.

AllData had it right.....

Simply take a large rubber mallet and give the shifter a good downward whack while at the same time turning it clockwise. It will loosen and pop right out.

You can then buy the $15 adapter from Performance Products and relace that old worn out shifter with a modern looking version from any newer model Mercedes.


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