Removing the shifter knob or selector lever handle on Mercedes-Benz is very easy. We will show you how you can remove the shifter knob in less than 5 minutes. Step by step instructions are provided below, including a how-to video on how to remove the shifter knob on an C-Class W203, E-Class W211 and S-Class W220 .
If your Mercedes-Benz has a boot (example: W211, W209, W203), you need to pop up the boot to be able to unlock the shifter knob. In case you have a boot use Interior Trim Removal Tool to remove the trim without damaging the bezel or wood.
Over time the shifter can get dirty, deteriorate and wear out, making your Mercedes-Benz interior look unattractive. You can change the shifter knob in less than five minutes. At the end of the article, you will also find Top Alternatives for a new shifter knob.
Set the emergency brakes and move the shifter to Neutral position. This makes it easier to remove the shifter knob.
Remove the shifter boot if you have one. In some models, you may need to remove the wood surround. The boot is clipped in place, and can be lifted up. In case of the E-Class W211, CLK209 it will lift up with the wood piece. Once you lift up the trim, unplug the gear shift indicator PRND wires to get some room.
Locate the bottom of the shifter. Here you see a locking ring/nut, turn it counter-clockwise to unlock the shifter knob/gear selector handle. By twisting that bottom part of the shifter you unlock the knob and you can easily pull it off.
Lift the shifter knob straight up. Avoid rotating the shifter knob. Rotating the knob will cause it to feel loose when you reinstall it.
Video: How to remove Mercedes-Benz gear shifter knob / gear selector handle.
IMPORTANT: Do not rotate the shifter knob itself to remove it. This is very critical if you have a shifter with START button. If you rotate the knob itself you will brake, the pins inside the shifter knob. In some cases, you may need to remove the screws that hold the ashtray in place in order to lift up the center console wood piece. Always set the emergency brakes before you start removing the shifter knob.
Mercedes-Benz Shifter Knob Top 4 Alternatives
Here is a list of our favorite gear selector shifter knobs that we found on Amazon.