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Old 07-04-2003, 01:00 AM
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Question How to remove and replace shift knob W124 E420

How do you remove the shifter assembly?

I got to removing the center storage box, the shifter surround wood and the top plastic cover of the shifter assembly (that has like locking tabs around it)

Once that's taken off,

I can see the PRND3S plate below a clear plastic sheet, which are sort of loose in the assembly. Below the plate lies a white piece of plastic.

The whole thing is in another plastic assembly (a lil black plastic rectangular shaped piece) that goes around the shifter shaft.

I can see the lock nut but I can't fit my 15mm wrench in it.

I figure that I have to take the assembly out. How do I do this?

or do I not need to remove it and just use some sort of open-ended wrench? crow's foot? (what is it?)

I'm kinda bummed that I can't install it But I put it on my 300CD and boy it looked sweet! Too bad the burlwood doesn't match the 300CD's zebrano!

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Old 07-04-2003, 02:02 AM
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The plastic assembly is held by 3 tabs. One on the left side and two on the rear.
Get your fingers down there and gently pry the tabs out while you are lifting the assembly.

Now you can get an open-end wrench (15 mm i think) down there and release the locking nut and unscrew the shifter lever.

Good luck.

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Old 07-04-2003, 12:23 PM
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Nice looking car, Holson. I suspect you'll be spending more time in, "tech help" than, "diesel discussion" these days, just like I did to work out the new to me issues. Good luck with the car.
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Old 07-04-2003, 01:50 PM
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Thanks edge!

Yeah I'm starting to understand why a lot of people still like the 123 chassis more. It's just so much easier to tear apart!
I didn't even have a manual or anything when I started tearing my 123 apart. Either that or I've just lost it for things mechanical

But anyway,

I figured it out. I guess being very tired and sleepy didn't help (last night). I'll take a picture of the shift knob later but right now my digicam's batteries are well discharged!

thanks Freestyler!
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Old 07-04-2003, 03:14 PM
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Here's the shift knob installed: The flash was too much but I didn't feel like moving the car out of the garage to take that pic.. :p

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