If the shift knob of your gear shift rod is in pretty bad shape or has already fallen off, then you need to get a replacement ASAP. Sure, you can probably manage to drive a few miles without one, but can you hold this out forever? Surely, the answer would be no. It would get cumbersome and tiring after a while. Or even worse, you might get into an accident because you won't be able to react as quickly without proper grip on the shift lever. To help you pick out a replacement, here's a short and basic shift knob buying and installation guide to help you out.
Since it's time to get a replacement, why not indulge a little and go unconventional on the design and style that you're going to choose. However, above all, make sure you get one that's easy and comfortable to use because at the end of the day, safety should still be your priority when driving. You're going to find tons of aftermarket options in the market today, and you also have many designs to choose from. Aside from the usual round style, you can also choose from European racing, retro, T-handles, etc. If you want something more specific, you can also choose from a lot of skulls, bank shot billiards, animal prints, flames, dices, and many others.
You can also choose a new material for the shift knob to customize your ride. This is a simple and inexpensive way to give you car a new accent piece. Aluminum is the most common material used for making shift knobs because it's pocket-friendly and durable. The only downside is it easily absorbs heat, which can be uncomfortable during hot summer days. Aside from aluminum, you can also get shift knobs made of plastic, composite material, leather, alloy steel, resin, vinyl, carbon fiber, and chrome.
In general, getting a new shift knob shouldn't hurt your pocket too much. In fact, you can already get a good replacing by spending $50 or even less. To be safe about quality, purchase from a brand that you can trust.
Step 1: If the old knob is still attached to the gear shift rod, remove its screws by twisting them clockwise.
Step 2: If removing the screws is not enough to take the knob out, you might need an Allen key wrench to remove the Allen head fittings. To do this, locate the small, five-sided opening at the underside of the knob or rod. Then, insert the Allen wrench (make sure it's the right size) into it. After that, turn the wrench counterclockwise until the screws become loose.
Step 3: Once you've taken the screws out, lift the shift knob off of the rod.
Step 4: Mount the new knob in place. If you got a threaded type, you can easily screw it in place by turning it. However, if you got one that uses an Allen screw, you need to slide the knob into the rod first before you can attach the screws.
Step 5: Finish installation and make sure you don't over-tighten the attachment.