I did the same - then introduced the squat, compound might of a lump hammer to it. That was nearly a year ago.I wrapped the top of the lever in a bit of kitchen foil, then pushed the knob back on, thereby reproducing the "interference fit".[/b]
Mine's on 145k and stll going..........(not to tempt fate).It worked for me, once I'd smashed it with the lump hammer, hasn't budged in over a year now, and mine was coming off all the time at that point. Poxy build quality! How many miles has your 2.2 done? I'm planning on running mine into the ground, done 114k so far[/b]
Has anyone tried fitting a brand new one from the dealer using this approach? The one I've just received is SO LOOSE that it just spins around - and it doesn't seem that any amount of glue would be enough to hold it in place for very long.... You'd expect there to be at least "some" friction grip between the new knob and the gear lever itself?Araldite was a bit too permanent for me when it fell off a few years ago. Foil worked for a while. However the reverse collar spring is too strong. Some have removed it completely and used the foil approach. I used tin snips and cut off about 1/3 and refitted with some cadburys choc foil on the splines. Been ok for over a year now.
My 93 (2006) has had a "popping" gear knob for ages and I tried most of the suggestions on the forum. I think the spline on mine was so worn that nothing would hold it. BUT I now have the solution buy an 11mm starlock washer from ebay. Actually the gear shaft is 11.8 mm diameter but with a bit of judicious bending an 11mm washer will go on. You may have to buy 50 but for a couple of quid who cares. Just check that the outside diameter of the starlock you buy is not too big to fit into the plastic finger grip that slides up the shaft when you pull on it to reach reverse, anything smaller than 21-22mm should be fine. Lift the knob off replace the pesky spring and foamy thing and press the starlock down with a ring spanner or something that gives good purchase all round the washer. It should go on square but don't push down too far. Maybe I should say that you put the washer on so that the inner teeth are pointing up, these grip the shaft so that the washer will only move down the shaft and not back up. Then pop on the gear knob. So far it has been brilliant. If it needs to be dismantles a good pair of side cutters should be able to cut the washer off. The ebay ref below may be out of date by the time you need it but just in case its useful i've put it below.Hello all.
I drive a 2004 9-3 2.2 TiD and gear knob keeps spontaneously jumping off. How is it supposed to attach? Does it need to be glued or am I missing a part that holds it in place?
Not at all. There is still enough spring pressure to hold down the reverse collar but not enough to send the knob into orbit!!. As previously stated it will work without the spring as the gaiter will pull the collar down and some people have gone down this route. Mine is still in place after this fix a few years ago.Will that have any impact on lifting the collar up to select reverse gear?