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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2011, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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How to Put a Manual Knob on a Automatic

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Here is how I personally chose to adapt my car to use a manual shift knob (no button). I am by far no expert on the system and take no responsibility for you, your actions or anything by you doing this. This process dose over ride the cars built in safety features to allow you to remove keys while having the button down. I advise for a added precaution to use the ebrake when parked.

HOW TO:

Ensure you pull the ebrake before you start this process..

Step 1: Remove the Shift Knob, There is a great how to on these forums by dman090 located at

https://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/ins...-any-year.html

you should have this.

Step 2: Remove the plastic plate holding the gear shift indicators using ither a screwdriver or your hands. the result should be


Step 3: you need to press the button that releases the keys. this is located on the right side of the gear shifter with 2 wires leading to the switch, one blue one Orange.


As you can see I hot glued a pice of plastic bent over to keep the button pressed as it is not going to ruin the switch incase you choose to reverse the process in the future. im sure the switch can be bypassed completely if you are smarter then i with wires.

From now you will be able to remove the keys from the ignition without needing the car in park and the button to be released.

Step 4: replace the gear indicator cover. If you want to preform the sharpie mod to the lights there is a link in the how to for that and before this step is a great time to do so.

Step 5: Install the boot as u wish, i prefer to flip it inside out zip tie then secure the bottom below the gear indicator.





Step 6: Install the spacer provided with the manual knob and insert an object to press down on the rod. I suggest something kinda sturdy. I personally used a piece of a socket set that i have 5 of.

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Step 7: Install the Manuel knob by placing the knob on the item you designate to push the rod down and ensure you push the knob down as far as you can. Tighten the knob down some and ensure you can switch between all gears without any issues.

Step 8: replace any aesthetic pieces to the knob and trim pieces to the console.

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Step 9: ensure a second time everything is working as intended, that u can switch gears, turn on and off the car, remove your keys from the ignition and anything i cant think of.

Step 10: Enjoy. Remember this is causing the safety system put inplace to be bypassed, i personally choose to use my ebrake when i park due to the possibility i can bump the shifter and throw it in reverse or some other gear. Again i do not know beyond what ive messed with on this system and i can and probably did miss something. If you have anything to add fix or questions in general you can ask me and ill either fix my guide or try to help you out if i can.
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so wait, does the shifter just sort of slide around? doesnt seem too safe :/

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so wait, does the shifter just sort of slide around? doesnt seem too safe :/
Yeah, it'll still move around, but there is the detent, so you would have to actually bump it hard to move it. He just has to be careful.


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Yeah, it'll still move around, but there is the detent, so you would have to actually bump it hard to move it. He just has to be careful.
thats right, it can move but its not likely to move kinda like u can go from drive to neutral without hitting the button but chances are you wont switch it.
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Well I gotta say that this mod has stood my time trial lol if I was going to throw it outa gears it would have happened by now and i have yet to see any further problems so if anyone wants to try it id say its worth a shot.
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looks nice.
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