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    NB MX-5 shift knob removal?

    My friend recently purchased an NB, specifically a 2004 NB SE which is the factory turbocharged model. I think they're also known as the Mazdaspeed MX5 over there in the US of Awesome.

    As per the title, how do you remove the shift knob? We tried turning it counter clockwise as you normally would, but the thing wouldnt budge. I was afraid that if I applied more pressure than what I already was, it would break or snap or something. I'm just wondering if theres a collar on the shifter or something which is holding the shift knob in place, preventing us from unscrewing it?

    Any help would be appreciated

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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! HarryB's Avatar
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    Grab and turn.

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    1,000 rpm - releasing the clutch Jerry L's Avatar
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    There is a possibility that there is a locknut just below the knob. (Useful for straightening up the shift pattern) You might have a look below the knob and if there is, try turning that nut farther down the stick to take some pressure off the knob.

    Good luck, mate!
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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! HarryB's Avatar
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    On OEM shifter knobs it should not; however, that's a possibility on used cars. Jerry is right.

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    Might also have liquid thread locker on it.

    Slide the shift gaiter down a little to check for a locknut as mentioned above.

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    Who on earth thread locks a shift knob?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryB View Post
    Who on earth thread locks a shift knob?!
    You would be surprised.

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