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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Mar-02-2009, 09:45:33 PM   #1
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I am utterly astounded at this freaking thing! I have had at least four people nearly explode a hernia trying to remove the knob. two of which are college athletes who can produce more than enough strength with their arms. I am about to get a buzz saw and just screw selling the knob. I understand that its supposed to take a solid pull, but I think mine might be an exception.

Can anyone think of any tricks/secrets to making this easier? I have tried prying it with a hammer, wedging a screwdriver under it, hammering the sides of it. It will not come loose. I did all of that while having someone pull as hard as possible straight up.
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I am utterly astounded at this freaking thing! I have had at least four people nearly explode a hernia trying to remove the knob. two of which are college athletes who can produce more than enough strength with their arms. I am about to get a buzz saw and just screw selling the knob. I understand that its supposed to take a solid pull, but I think mine might be an exception.

Can anyone think of any tricks/secrets to making this easier? I have tried prying it with a hammer, wedging a screwdriver under it, hammering the sides of it. It will not come loose. I did all of that while having someone pull as hard as possible straight up.
Pull harder.
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put it in 2nd gear and just pull backwards on it. you can do it. may the schwartz be with you.
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I don't even weigh a buck 60 and I can get them all off. I'd bet a 20 someone glued or epoxied it because it was loose.
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I don't even weigh a buck 60 and I can get them all off. I'd bet a 20 someone glued or epoxied it because it was loose.
Thats not a bad thought, Im going to go get the hair dryer and heat it up a bit.

and thanks to the guy who said pull harder
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Right foot in passenger side footwell, left foot in the driver side. Pull up.
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Wow, I thought mine was tight but I was to pull it out. What I did was stood on the seats and pulled straight up. Looks like yours didn't want to come. Are you the original owner? I hope they didn't put locktight and glued the knob permanently. Be careful, I heard a lot people got bloody nose trying to remove the knob. GL.
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did u try pulling out the sides first?
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Just keep trying on pulling up hard, maybe open up the sunroof just incase the knob goes flying after you pull it off... Just don't twist left or right, otherwise it'll break the internals. Just keep trying and if it eventually doesn't work then get a new shift knob, and then break of the original one.
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I've had to replace windshields, rear view mirrors, dome lights, etc... for pullin' too hard. I can believe bloody noses too! Don't make it more expensive than it could be. Plan on buying a shift lever too. If you are lucky you may just get away with cleaning out the groove if it is glued.
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