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Auto shifter removal

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Old Aug 13th, 2018, 07:49   #1
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I have got a blind to replace the one I accidently broke when changing the bulb in the shifter mechanism.

But how do I remove the shifter (1997 so rounded style not the old square one).

I can't get access to replace the blind without removing it.

I have looked online but can't find anything specific to the 940 auto.

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There are a couple of ways of tackling the job but I found the easiest was to raise the top cover enough to swap the blind strip over. It won't pass right over the shifter, but it will lift up just enough to access what you need. Remember to retrieve all the broken bits.

To release the cover you have to pull it forward or push it back off the little plastic hooks. It takes quite a bit of force to free it.
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There are a couple of ways of tackling the job but I found the easiest was to raise the top cover enough to swap the blind strip over. It won't pass right over the shifter, but it will lift up just enough to access what you need. Remember to retrieve all the broken bits.

To release the cover you have to pull it forward or push it back off the little plastic hooks. It takes quite a bit of force to free it.
Thanks, I did this to change the bulb and ended up cracking the trim so seeing as the damage is done I might as well do it again.
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Old Aug 16th, 2018, 22:06   #4
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I just replaced one this evening on one of my 940s. It has been broken since the cold weather in March. The cover came off remarkably easily by pushing forwards (towards the P) from the back (the 1 end) and lifting the back up first. Mine was made easier because there was a small crack in the plastic on the narrow piece in front of the shifter which made it possible to pull it further up than otherwise. Since this really doesnt show when its all put together Id be almost inclined to cut it there if its too much of a fiddle otherwise.

Things to note are that there is a little white piece in the blind strip that you have to transfer to the new one and the bit that holds this slides along a grove in the cover so that needs to be positioned carefully when you reinstall it.

The part number for the blind strip is 3549927 for anyone looking for one.

I have in the past repaired one by gluing it back together and reinforcing it with some thick clear plastic cut from a blister pack. Using clear plastic enables you to run it across the bit the light shines through. My repair has actually lasted longer than a new replacement on another car.
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