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    Gearknob and handbrake gator replacement

    Hi,

    I am a newbie looking for some information for my nephews car.

    He has just got a 2001 Mk4 Astra SXi 1.8 5 door.

    The gearknob gator (is that the correct name for the cloth/leather piece at the bottom of the gearknob ?) is quite tatty and torn in a couple of places and he got a replacement for it with a matching one for the handbrake.

    We had a look at it the other day and apart from getting the plastic cap off the gearknob (with the pic of the gears 1-5 and reverse on it), there wasnt much else I could see to do that wouldnt mean quite a dismantling job.

    The gearknob doesnt seem to just twist off, and from what I have read here, it seems you have to cut off the gearknob just to get it off, and I dont see any other way of getting the gater on, even if I could get that part of the console off (how do I get the part of the console off that surrounds the gearknob, where the gater is actually attached to, at the bottom, with it being attached to the underneath of the gearknob at the top). Is this making sense ?

    It seems to have the standard gearknob with the entire "ring" mechanism to lift to get it into reverse.

    I also couldnt see any way of getting into the handbrake gator other than taking that whole centre piece off, that surounds the handbrake. Is this the case, or it there some panel or something that I have not noticed ?

    Any help or advice would be most appreciated as I dont really want to take the whole centre out of the interior if I dont have to, especially when I am not good with delicate pieces either.

    Many thanks, George.

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    were are you from? its very simple to do as the 2 panels come out but you dont need to cut the knob off, have a search as im failry sure there is a how to on doing this
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    Hi,

    I am in Aberdeen, Scotland.

    I did have a look (a quick one) and the posts I found about the gearknobs suggested cutting it off only and I didnt see anything about replacing the handbrake gator, just the handbrake handle.

    I will go and do another search and it might produce less than 15 pages of results !

    Thanks, George.

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    try posting in your local area of the forum and someone may be able to meet up and show you
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    Pop out the cover under the handbrake using a small flat blade.
    You will see 2 Torx screws, remove them.
    The gear surround will then unclip.
    The gaitor is fitted in to this & held in place with a whit plastic insert, bend this & slip it out.
    Pull the gaitor up over the knob, inside out.
    You will see a cable tie securing it in place, cut it.
    The gaitor will now pass over the knob.

    Refitting is the reverse of removal, just replace the cable tie.
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    As above, you do not need to remove the gear knob to replace the gaiter.

    I got some replacements from here and they are very good quality and look very OE.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=190306119583

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    Gents,

    Thats spot on, thanks for your help and prompt replies.

    Bubba, he got some very similar ones with some nice red thread detailing. Looks very nice.

    Will let you know how we get on.

    He also got some air filter replacement kit, so I may be on about that too.

    Thanks again for the help.

    Cheers, George.

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    Two threads on this already, and it is an easy job as I did mine today

    http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/sh...replace+gaitor

    http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/sh...ndbrake+gaiter

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    for covering the handbrake, once you pull the staples out i found hot glue the best to use as its quick to go off, trying to staple the plastic again ended up splitting it
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    Or contact adhesive, worked well for me. There was no chance I was going to try stapling into plastic!

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