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Old 08-16-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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Auto shift knob spins after removal - NOW WITH HIGHLY ENTERTAINING RANT!

So I removed my shift knob today to route some wiring and put it back on, and now it spins freely around the shaft. WTF? How do I fix this?*








*I swear, every ****ing thing on the interior of this car is made for one time use. I have worked on cars since I was 14 years old, and I have never seen a car where it is IMPOSSIBLE, no matter how delicate, to remove and reinstall an interior part without A) it breaking or B) it refusing to go back into place like it was before. Jesus H. Christ, this is a BMW. I've seen American cars with better quality interior parts than this, and THAT, my friends, is saying something. It's like working in a god damn china shop with a house of cards in each flipping seat.
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:27 PM   #2
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I know for the manual shifters you have to hit them really hard to make sure they're seated properly. Maybe try this same trick with your auto.
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:46 PM   #3
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when I installed my acs shift knob, it was loose as well... I wrapped the base with electrical tape, then put the knob on... no problems since...
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:45 PM   #4
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So I removed my shift knob today to route some wiring and put it back on, and now it spins freely around the shaft. WTF? How do I fix this?*








*I swear, every ****ing thing on the interior of this car is made for one time use. I have worked on cars since I was 14 years old, and I have never seen a car where it is IMPOSSIBLE, no matter how delicate, to remove and reinstall an interior part without A) it breaking or B) it refusing to go back into place like it was before. Jesus H. Christ, this is a BMW. I've seen American cars with better quality interior parts than this, and THAT, my friends, is saying something. It's like working in a god damn china shop with a house of cards in each flipping seat.
idiot.. you twisted it when pulling it out didnt you?

i feel for ya.
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:49 PM   #5
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:04 PM   #6
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I did the same thing. But when i put it back on, i pounded that sh!t one time very hard. and it didn't budge a single inch after that.
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:16 PM   #7
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:44 PM   #8
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when I installed my acs shift knob, it was loose as well... I wrapped the base with electrical tape, then put the knob on... no problems since...
Not a bad idea, I shall try this my friend.

Certainly better than being called an idiot, although it may be true.
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:55 PM   #9
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i took mine off to paint it a couple months ago. when i put it back i hit it at the top really hard and it popped into place.
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