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Re: Renault Laguna 2 - V6 Gearstick Button Problem*FIXED*

Yes, Getz is right. You can replace just the leather clad knob at the top on the auto gear lever, the bit with the press switch in it. I have just finished replacing mine (I have a 2002 Laguna V6). No need to replace the whole selector box and cable.

My plastic button switch fell apart (it lasted about a year with super glue) but finally fell apart into about 10 peices. I still drover the car using a tooth pick in the hole to slide the changer up and down so I could select park, reverse, drive etc. It was a bit dangerous. No quick U turns requiring reverse gear.

I ended up buying a second hand gear selector unit, tho whole kit and kaboodle which included the selector cable. The wrecker said that you had to change the whole unit, nothing comes apart. On the web the same thing. I didn't feel like jacking up the car (the unit drops down and taken out from below) and spending half a day down there.

I found that the bottom bit of the gear knob, the plastic bit like a collar (it has a lip for the gaiter and 2 indents either side, slide gaiter down first) rotates about 22 degrees (this allows more space for the 2 plastic splines to be splayed outwards). Once you do this slide a small blade screwdriver, about 2mm wide (worked for me) between the metal shaft and one of the plastic tines. Slide the knob up, a mm or so, then do the same with the other tine. This should be enough for the both tines to be just sitting out of the metal grooves in the shaft.
The knob should then slide up and off. I worked on my side in the footwell for all this. Took about 2 minutes. Slide the new gear knob until you hear the click of the tines locating in the grooves, then turn the collar the reverse way (turn it in the "open" position before installing). Slide up gaiter and clip press stud. Your done.

If it's assembled in the factory and not one piece, then my theory is that it can be taken apart. It helps that most plastic parts these days clip together, and are not glued.

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