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T1 Shift Handle Removal

I needed to get into the Shifter Guts recently, and found several posts on this here but most of the photos were missing, so I decided to record my experience and post photos here so hopefully, they wont go away. I will post steps in below with photos to keep message size down.

The reason I needed to get in there isnt important. What is, is this job is not difficult. Getting all the way in takes less than 30 min. You remove exactly 2 fasteners!

These steps can be completed in different order, if you desire. For instance, you can remove the storage tray first, then the shifter handle or the reverse.

Vehicle: 2004 T1.

Tools: You will need a T20 torx head with driver, a plastic interior trim pry tool, a tack puller or small slotted screw driver, vice grips (optional), an ESD bag (anti-stat bag for electronics) and a roll of duct tape.

First, this is the console. Put the key in the ignition and turn it on, but you do not have to start the engine. Move the shift handle to the N position. Turn the key off. You will have to leave it in the ignition.

CAREFULLY clamp the vice grip tool around the shifter thumb button, and pull out on the button. It will come out less than 1/2 inch to a stop. Remove vice grip tool.

Now take a 1/2" strip of duct tape and wrap a few times around the thumb button. This will keep the button from popping back in when you remove the handle.

Remove the wood grain badge on the shifter handle by using the pry tool to GENTLY pry it off.

Next, empty out your storage bin. You will remove the light by simply using the pry tool to prise it out, and remove it by disconnecting the light. Simple, eh?

Now, pull out the storage tray by gently pulling up where the light lives and lift the tray out.
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Shifter Removal

Remove the U-Clip in the shifter handle by pulling it out with a tack puller or a small slotted screwdriver. Be careful not to loose it!!!

Now grab the shift handle, give it a good yank and pull it straight up and off.

When you remove the storage tray, two torx screws will be exposed. See them here? Remove with a T20 bit and a driver.

Now use the pry tool to GENTLY pry up on the console. It is wood backed with plastic. Get under the plastic and CAREFULLY use the pry tool to work under it and work it up. It is held down with clips around its perimeter. Take your time, you dont want to break it!!!!

Now remove the various connectors for the things under the console. Remove the lighter connector which is located in the gray foam wrap you see.
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Continuing On...

Remove the console assy and set aside.

Remove the shifter cover, which is just an expensive piece of plastic with the gear letters on it. Pull it up gently, and it will unsnap.

You now are down to the circuit board. This contains the LED's to illuminate the gear letters, etc. It is also where the tiptronic hall sensors live. Its a pretty expensive piece, up around $300. So BE CAREFUL when removing it.

It is held in place by the wiring connector, which you can see on the left hand side. I think the best way to release it is to put a small slotted screwdriver in that slot forward of the black connector pin. If you push down on that it will release the connector. CAREFULLY remove the circuit board and place in an ESD bag.

Next is a white plastic housing with the black "shades" or "slits" that you see move back and forth when you shift gears. Those metal things you see sitting on it are the magnets for the tiptronic. They interact with the hall sensors on the circuit board. It is held in place by a clip on each corner. Just pull the clip out away from the part a little, one corner at a time and it will release. Remove, and set aside.

You are now down to the Bare Naked Shfiter.
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Finishing Up.

As the shop manuals say, "Installation is in reverse order of removal". But, hold on, there are a few small details you need to be aware of.

First, as you reinstall everything, and put the console back on, after you connect everything CAREFULLY snap the clips into place, one at a time. I put them in the front part of the console closest to the ashtray first. Work them in carefully. You have to make sure you tuck the cables under so they dont interfere with the fit, which will be flush with the rest of the console. Replace the torx screws, and replace the storage tray. Reconnect the light and push back into place.

Now, you need to reinstall the shifter handle. Hopefully you put the clip back into the shifter handle, but if not, no worry. Just push it back in all the way. Now, place the shifter handle back on to the shaft, but place the thumb button facing to the rear of the car. Push it down just to it stops. Now, turn the handle to the normal position. Give it good Smack! with your hand, and it will snap back down into place. Replace the emblem fascia piece, just push it on with a few fingers. It goes in bottom first.

Now, remove the duct tape from the thumb button, and push the button back where it goes.

Done. Now, that wasn't too difficult, was it???
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Excellent. But WHY did you need to get in there in the first place?
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He already said that that's not important! LoL
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Oh yes it is!
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Why noobs

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Great post. One of the kids sat on my mirror knob and half pushed it in, been scratching my head for days

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Why? Cos I'm nosey and it's a helluva job he's done there . . .
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