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Old 08-02-2019, 07:14 PM
Join Date: Oct 2018
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Retainer for manual transmission shifter bearing?

Is there some sort of retainer for the plastic shifter bushing/bearing (#6 in diagram attached)?

When attempting to remove my shift knob (that is apparently glued onto the shifter by the PO), I can now lift up the shifter such that the bearing could become almost completely unseated when driving.

Seems odd there's not some type of circlip or something. What am I missing here??
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Old 08-02-2019, 08:42 PM
Join Date: Jun 2014
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Don't know about X5 but probably similar to my E39.

I wrote a DIY Short Shifter Kit for my 1998 528i, please see step #7 in link below:

"7. Now examine the NEW plastic cup, you will see two (2) tabs that hold it in place. Now you need to use a small screw driver and slowly pry the old plastic cup out. Be patient.
I use a combination of screw driver and pick to pull the old plastic cup."

1998 E39 528i 5sp MT
2006 E53 X5 3.0 6sp MT
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