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How to remove the Gear Knob on the Saab cars (video instruction)

Saab Gear Shift Knob

Maybe this is common knowledge amongst the folks on here, but if you have recently sought a solution in to how to remove the gearknob on the Saab cars and everywhere – literally every bit of advice we found – said it has to be hacked off destroying it in the process.

Then we found it – the video linked below.  As the author Paul Campagna says, he saw many people think that the knob on these pulls off. While it does pull off from the shaft, it is super easy to remove the knob from the plastic, without force, or special tools.

So pull up using force on the plastic part only. Not the actual knob, the plastic that you pull on to lift up when going into reverse.

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Once it is off the shaft, it is very, very easy to remove the knob.  You can immediately tell the tabs are pressed when the knob reacts. The first two will tilt the knob relying on the third tab to hold it. You may want to hold the knob at this point, so it doesn’t go flying off, and tilt it to make it easier to get the last tab.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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