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Old 04-23-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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S3 shifter help. Cant get stock shifter off.

I have everything apart. The stock will not come off. Any tips?
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:50 PM   #2
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you have to pull up pretty hard... mine was stuck too but just keep prying it off.
be careful wit it doeee



here's reference. your almost done, but just in case..
http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33087
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:52 PM   #3
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I have everything apart. The stock will not come off. Any tips?
there will be a metal bracket i believe put a flat head in between to loosen it it should pull right off. you will have to use the same bracket after tighten with pliers
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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Ill give it a go tomorrow. I was prying pretty damn hard and it wouldn't budge.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:05 PM   #5
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the more you are able to loosen the metal clamp the easier it will be.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:07 PM   #6
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Ill give it a go tomorrow. I was prying pretty damn hard and it wouldn't budge.
its hard to get off to begin with you have to bend that metal piece to open more it will come out eventually
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:22 PM   #7
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i would assume he is talking about the f to b shift arm on top of the trans if so you have to put it in neutral where it freely moves up and down and just keep yanking up using your arms as a slap hammer mine came right off after about 7 or 8 slaps
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:05 PM   #8
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I have everything apart. The stock will not come off. Any tips?
get one of those tools for battery terminals, similar concept as a corkscrew
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:48 PM   #9
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a quick shot of wd40 and mine came right off after struggling with it for a few minutes
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:51 PM   #10
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i would assume he is talking about the f to b shift arm on top of the trans if so you have to put it in neutral where it freely moves up and down and just keep yanking up using your arms as a slap hammer mine came right off after about 7 or 8 slaps
Yeah definitely make sure it's in neutral and locked in the home position. If not, it WILL NOT come off.
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:04 PM   #11
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a quick shot of wd40 and mine came right off after struggling with it for a few minutes
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A bit of WD40 and mine came out efortless.
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:29 PM   #12
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Yeah definitely make sure it's in neutral and locked in the home position. If not, it WILL NOT come off.
You don't want it locked because you need the movement to help you get it off
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:32 PM   #13
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As others have said, make sure it is in neutral and then pull hard.
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:00 PM   #14
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You don't want it locked because you need the movement to help you get it off
Gonna second Ginzo here and say that you DO NOT want to lock the transmission. Put the car in neutral, engage handbrake, remove the nut locking the shifter in place then push down on the lever and pull up firmly - similar to compressing a spring and releasing. On the fourth try it came right off, no need for WD40.

When re-installing your new shifter, make sure you mark the larger groove with a marker so that it's easy to re-install.

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