Generally speaking, changing a shift boot should only take about 20 minutes if done correctly by following these simple steps; however, there could be slight variations depending on your car’s make and model so consult your owner’s manual first.
How To Change Shift Boot?
It will be necessary to take a look at how the center console is put together in order to replace the shift boot. The process is pretty straightforward.
- Remove the shift knob by twisting it.
- Pop the cupholder off by squeezing it. The clip just holds it in place.
- As soon as you remove that, you can easily pull the shift console off in the same way.
- Remove the 12 volt connector from underneath.
- As the shift boot wraps around tabs underneath the shift console, you should be able to replace it from there.
- Take the assistance of local members and buy them beer if you are uncomfortable doing this on your own.
Boot Must Be Removed Before Changing
It is important to remove the boot before changing your shift, in order to avoid any potential damage. You can use a pair of pliers or some other simple tool to remove the boot easily.
Check whether there are screws holding onto the boot before removing it; if so, unscrew them first and take care not to lose them during the process.
After you have removed the old boot, be sure to clean all debris off of both boots with a damp cloth and polish/cleaner as needed – this will help keep your footwear looking new for longer.
Make sure that you store your boots in an airtight container when not in use – this will prevent moisture from building up and causing corrosion.
Screws Require 8 And 2 Phillips Head Screwdrivers
Make sure to have suitable screws and screwdrivers before you start. The screws will require a Phillips head screwdriver (8) and two screws, which is what they are marked with on the toolbox or flathead screwdriver.
It may be helpful to keep some spare parts around as well in case something goes wrong during installation or removal of the shift boot later on down the line.
Once everything is installed properly and working as it should, give yourself a pat on the back – job well done.
Prying Off Old Boot With Flathead Screwdriver Or Pliers
Before you begin, ensure the boot is completely off the wheel. If it’s a screwdriver or pliers job, use a flathead screwdriver to pry up on one side and then pull while twisting the handle of your pliers on the other side.
For boots with clasps, try using a small pair of wire cutters to snip away at the clasp before pulling off Bootlegs style booty easily. When removing screws from soles or heels- be sure to wear gloves in order for them not to come into contact with any debris or oils left behind by old mud and snow.
Once you’ve removed all screws and nails from your old boot, give it an extra clean- both inside and out -with some soapy water and/or dish soap before recycling it if possible.
Fitting New Boot Carefully Over Existing One
It’s important to take your time when fitting a new boot over an existing one, in order to avoid any accidents. To fit the new boot properly, it is necessary to measure both feet and make sure that they are of equal size.
The process of changing shift boots may be daunting at first, but following these simple tips will help you achieve success without any mishaps. When removing the old boot, use caution not to stretch or tear the skin on your foot; do this by carefully pulling off the old boot while holding onto the sock underneath it with one hand.
You should never walk around in wet or icy boots for long periods after having them fitted as this can cause injury.
Replace screw and re-tighten
Boot screws can loosen over time, causing the shift boot to lose. To replace a screw: Remove the shift boot by unscrewing it from the car in its entirety Disconnect and remove the old screw.
Take new Screws and place them into a position where shown on the diagram (use fingers to form a “cup” shape around each of the new screws before tightening), making sure that they are facing inwards towards the wheel hub area – you may need to adjust their height depending on your vehicle’s wheel size.
Re-attach the Shift Boot by re-inserting screws through holes on both sides of the boot and tightening gently with an Allen key or socket wrench.
Changing shift boots is a fairly simple process that can be done by any person with basic DIY skills. If you have questions about how to do it or need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. For Honda Civic, it’s also an easy process.
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