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Old 01-26-2013, 05:59 PM
dj_2latino dj_2latino is offline
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Manual Gear stick shift ball in socket problem

2004 X3 has 184K miles. I noticed today that my gear shift was no longer transitioning smoothly from 1 to 2 or from 3 to 4. It was "popping" out and I had to push it back in.
Further investigation showed that the ball at the base of the stick shift was no longer being held in place. I have no idea how to replace it since access from the bottom of the car is not possible without dropping the transmission.
See attached pics.

Any suggestions?
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:54 AM
usaret usaret is offline
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2004 X3 has 184K miles. I noticed today that my gear shift was no longer transitioning smoothly from 1 to 2 or from 3 to 4. It was "popping" out and I had to push it back in.
Further investigation showed that the ball at the base of the stick shift was no longer being held in place. I have no idea how to replace it since access from the bottom of the car is not possible without dropping the transmission.
See attached pics.

Any suggestions?
BAVAUTO has a video on installing a short shifter.

Google: Installing A Short Shift Kit On A BMW

Tried to post the youtube video but it won't show for some reason.

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Old 01-27-2013, 08:03 AM
John320 John320 is offline
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Just from what I see from these instructions - a big job unfortunately
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