Some brands call them stick shifts. Others call them gear knobs. Whatever you call your vehicle's shift knob, it's what it does that's most important.
Would you believe its job isn't always so obvious? Yes, it's basically one of many transmission parts, one that gets you into gear, and yes, it offers a better grip than fumbling with a bare shifter. What shift knobs do, however, is simplify shifting into the right gear the first time. They do it by displaying the proper shift pattern for every gear.
The process, then, is a lot simpler than trying to find a gear by trial and error. You grab the knob, step on your clutch if you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, pull it the right way (automatic transmissions make this even easier), and, everything having gone as planned, you're in gear. It's that straightforward.
The best part, probably: you can get a shift knob made of all sorts of materials -- everything from plastic to metal and ultra-durable carbon fiber -- in various shapes and sizes, and even weighted. Some even come wrapped in vinyl or leather. This makes stylizing your interior a lot easier.
When Do You Replace a Shift Knob?Most often, in one of two situations: when the one you have wears out, or, if you just want a change of style, too. Your best choice for either project? A genuine OEM shift knob. That's because those made by your brand will fit your model specifically, right off the shelf. Our parts store makes plenty available, and you can order one online. Buy today and we'll ship right away.
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