Instructions for Audi-base Shift Lever
Socket with long extension
1 or 2
phillips screw drivers
Some of the
pictures in the instructions are older pictures with a slightly
different versions of the shifter. Slight changes of have been made to
the shifter to improve it’s function but the installation is
still the same. If you need help or get confused please let us know.
way to remove the base of the old cover seems to be to grab the top in
the middle and pull up and back a little.
the rubber inner cover.
clip that holds the shifter knob on and pull the knob off with the
covers and set aside.
black rubber parts on the shifter handle and save them to put on your
new shifter handle. Pull them up off the top of the shifter. Be gentle
with them, they are old and made of rubber and could break.
circlip or nut that holds your shifter to the shift rod and separate
two 13mm bolts that hold the shifter base into the car. The bolts with
the yellow paint on them.
shifter, with the base attached, out of the car.
removing the ball cup (white plastic thingy) from the bottom of the
shifter. Be very careful when doing this step, you can easily hurt
yourself. I have found two ways to remove the ball cup without breaking
it. You can use either 1 or 2 phillips screw drivers, NOT a straight
slot screw driver. Put the screw driver on the side of the ball cup and
pry up until it pops off. Wear safety glasses because this thing can go
flying. Or use 2 screw drivers on both sides of the ball cup and pry up
until it flies off. I have had good luck both ways. DON’T put
the screw driver straight in to pry as this can break the ball cup. You
want the metal rod part of the screw driver to come in contact with the
ball cup, not the tip.
should have it all separated. Congratulate yourself for removing the
ball cup without injuring yourself. If you did injure yourself, now is
a good time to grab a band aid.
you didn’t see how this goes back together, here is what it
install the ball cup on your new shifter. Hold the new shifter, the
shifter base, and the ball cup together and place in a vise or clamp.
Make sure they are lined up and slowly tighten the vise until the ball
cup snaps onto the ball. It should only take 3 or 4 turns of the vise.
what the shifter should look like now. Everything should be attached.
the black rubber parts on the new shifter. Slide them on from the top
down. Remember to be gentle with them, they are old.
your new shifter into your car. An easy way to do this is to slide the
base in at an angle. Make sure you get the base all the way in and
down. The foam can get in the way and get trapped under the base. Slide
the base back and forth a little to make sure no foam is trapped under
base back into the car.(2 13mm bolts) Little hands work best here. Take
your time, they can be a pain to get in. DON’T tighten the
bolts all the way. Just make them hand tight for now.
bolt and put one bearing on the end(washer then bearing then washer).
Don’t forget to put some grease on the bearings before
installing them. Then put the bolt through the rod and put the last
bearing on the bolt. It should look just like the picture.
can thread the bolt into the shifter. The bolt should be fairly snug,
but not too tight. The shifter should be able to shift smoothly without
feeling resistance from the bearings. If it’s hard to move
the shifter then this bolt it too tight. Then put some loctite on the
threads and install the nut. Make sure the bolt doesn’t spin
loose while putting the nut on. The nut will act like a jam nut up
against the shifter and combined with the loctite, will keep everything
tight but still moving freely.
sure the car is in neutral. The
shifter base should still be
only hand tight. If you tighten the base all the way you are going to
need to loosen the 13mm nuts until they are hand tight. The pictures
below show how the shifter should NOT be. Looking from the side, the
shifter should be leaning back a little but not all the way. It should
be right in the middle of these two pictures. I just guess at the
adjustment, you will know if you got it right if the car will shift
into all the gears (at the end of the installation). To do this
adjustment, all you have to do is slide the base forward or backwards.
When you have the shifter leaning slightly back tighten the 2 13mm
bolts that hold the base on the car.
car in neutral, the shifter should be in the middle of the metal oval
ring. The distance between the bolt head and the metal ring should be
close to the same distance as the nut and the metal ring. If these
measurements are way different then skip to step #26
car into all the gears to make sure it works. Make sure the shifter
bolt doesn’t hit the metal oval ring. If your car goes into
all the gears then you are done. If not, the shifter needs to be
adjusted side to side, go to step #23
shifter handle back onto the shifter and put the clip back on the
bottom of the handle.
rubber boot back down and in place. Then put the shifter cover back
down and into place. You are
done and you should have a shifter free of play. If you don’t
or have any questions, please email us. Only do
next steps if your shifter isn’t centered inside the metal
oval ring. Example: If the shifter hits one side of the metal oval ring
the left (driver’s side) rear wheel.
your car is in neutral. Locate the transaxle and locate the shifter
linkage (goldish color). Take two 17mm wrenches and loosen the bolt and
nut in the last picture. Don’t remove the nut, just loosen
it. Now have someone hold the shifter inside the car in the center of
the metal oval ring. While they are holding the shifter inside the car,
tighten the bolt and nut back up. Now try to shift the car into all the
gears and make sure it all works. If it does then go back to step #21
and install the shifter cover back on the car.