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Old 03-11-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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Shift Knob Rattle

Hi All,

Been a while since I was here but still have my E46 of twelve years now with only 70K on it!

Have a problem with the shift knob rattling. It's definitely coming from the knob. I have an '01 325 xi with a 5 speed stick. It is solidly on the shift arm, not loose.

Anyone else have this? It shifts perfect but rattles in my hand and is annoying.
Any help appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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Shifter bushings could be shot, even at relatively low mileage. Could also be the knob itself. Is there any excess play?
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:57 AM   #3
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Seems like right in my hand with the knob. Don't know if the shifter bushings would give me that sensation, but possible I guess. Every car I've owned in forty years has been a stick. This just seems weird because it feels right in the knob, not linkage.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:38 AM   #4
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You can always remove the knob and drive without it and see if the vibration is still present. Put it in 2nd and pull up...don't break your face or the windshield, it takes quite a lot of force to get it off.
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