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Need to install rubber boot at base of shifter, under center console

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I have an automatic  '85 RQB and need to replace the missing rubber boot at the base of the shifter under the console.  Lots of heat & odor getting in the cabin.  I am unable to lift the center console over the shift lever.    I removed the gear shift knob and the 2 screws on either side of the "Fasten Seat Belt" light in the center of the console that appear to hold down the flat surface of the console.  But even after removing these items, , as well as removing the clear plastic gear indicator (P-R-N-D-3-2-1), nothing budges and I'm afraid to pry anything to try & get the console loose.  Anyone familiar with this procedure? 

Also, how do I remove the 5 console knobs (vents, heater, etc.) which seems to to be required before the console can be removed?  Also, does the ash tray hold part of the console down? A power ptx photo of the console should be included here

Thanks in advance.



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  • 5 months later...

The big, round knob is threaded onto the shift lever.  Turn counter clockwise and it will come off.

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