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OK. Picture this. You're tootling along the road in a row of slow moving traffic, minding your own in your V6 ZT190, when a stain in a POS VW Golf comes up behind you, driving so closely you can smell his bad breath. The road opens out to a dual carriageway. You floor it, slamming it up through the gears whilst watching the VW getting smaller in the mirror. Suddenly though, your gear knob falls off in your hand when making a quick shift. You miss the gear, nearly red line it in neutral, and the VW sails by grinning and thinking he beat you. What a bummer :irked: !!

Can anybody offer any advice on my detachable knob. It seems to be getting worse (doctor). All I have left is a white plastic round bit with a groove through the top. I don't want to glue it on incase I ever need to remove/replace it.


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It's not threaded though. The knob seems to just be a push fit over a plastic spindle part on the top of the gear stick. Maybe the white plastic bit is the part that is normally screwed on, but has come away from the inside of the knob. Without access to another ZT to compare to, I cannot be sure. If somebody has replaced their gearknob, please tell me how it fits normally. Surely just a pushfit is not right :banghead:

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belcher said:
It's not threaded though. The knob seems to just be a push fit over a plastic spindle part on the top of the gear stick. Maybe the white plastic bit is the part that is normally screwed on, but has come away from the inside of the knob. If somebody has replaced their gearknob, please tell me how it fits normally. Surely just a pushfit is not right :banghead:
:doh: Yeah, the white blastic bit should be attached to the inside of the metal bit... Its the plastic bit thats threaded.
 

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its a pushfit there are small clips inside the handle which are supposed to hold it on. What i would do is bend the clips inwards a little with a small screwdriver add a small amount of superglue to the gearstick.....place the knob on the gearstick while its all lined up and give it a swift hard blow with the parm of your hand....maybe a couple more for good measure. The harder the better....dont be a pussy about it.

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MattL said:
its a pushfit there are small clips inside the handle which are supposed to hold it on.
Err, no. I've unscrewed mine before now, with the white collar remaining firmly attached inside the 'alloy' bit...
 

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If its the same gearknob as used in the facelifted ZR's, then its a pushfit, and yeah, they do come off nice and handy mid gear change...
I got a new one ordered via the warranty, and it lasted a while longer than the first one (which came off during the test drive!!).
I think its the plastic clip inside the knob thats *suppossed* to hold it in place thats not working too well (its bending in rather than bending in and snapping back into a locked position). I've only managed to pull this gear knob off twice by accident during the last 6 months (those nice fast gear changes from 1st to second or 3rd to 4th), if it happens again, I think i'm going to try the superglue method myself, but first port of call, have a word with your dealer..
 

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ZR and TF gear knobs are screw threaded.

ZS and ZT gear knobs are push fit.

My old ZS 180 used to suffer from 'detatching knob syndrome', my dealership cured it under warrantee, i have no idea how, but when the car was returned the gear knob had developed a flat spot in the silicone dome over the gate graphic (so i suspect that part of what they did involved hitting it very hard!)
 

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Hold Up a Sec.... It depends on your VIN as to what type of fitment your gearknob is. I bought a push fit X-Power one for my ZT... but it only fits certain VIN range.

Go buy an x-Power gear knob to replace the normal one... or you could buy mine off me for much cheapness !! (if yours is push fit)
 

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Thanks for the info. The gear knob is indeed a push fit. Upon closer inspection (it came off again today) the stick is solid white plastic all the way down to the gaitor. The gear knob does seem to have a plastic insert in it. There are two clips near the bottom inside that look like they should latch into a milled groove at the bottom end of the stick near the gaitor. I am guessing that if I can prise these out slightly, they will sit back into the groove OK (as suggested by MattL). Failing that, I have a rather expensive 2nd service (inspection) due soon so will get them to sort it then. My warranty expires in September. However, after reading another thread, I should have written to MGR to get this transfered over to me (??). If they do charge me extra to fix me knob after spending a small fortune on a service, I'll see if it'll fit up their bums

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use a bit of superglue for good measure as well. Just a little and it will hold it in place for any normal driving. and you will still be able to remove it with a little bit of force, if you ever need to.
 

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i had the same problem on my zs 180 so i just took the mg one off and went down to my local halfords and bought a new ally knob which has 3 small grub screws that you do up tight to the gear stick never had a problem after that plus the all knob looks really good
 

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Scarlet Fever said:
ZR and TF gear knobs are screw threaded.

ZS and ZT gear knobs are push fit.

My old ZS 180 used to suffer from 'detatching knob syndrome', my dealership cured it under warrantee, i have no idea how, but when the car was returned the gear knob had developed a flat spot in the silicone dome over the gate graphic (so i suspect that part of what they did involved hitting it very hard!)
I had exactly the same problem after some "enthusiastic" gear changes in my ZS180. I eventually cured it by hitting the top of the gear knob with a piece of wood until the gearknob (which has a projecting bit on underside) slotted into the gearstick which has a white plastic slot in it. It clicked into place and had no probs since.
 
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