Some brands call it a stick shift. Others call it a gear knob. Whatever you call the factory shift knob on top of your vehicle's gear lever, what's important is what shift knobs do. It's not always obvious. Sure, they're basically one of many parts of a transmission. And yes, they offer grips better than a bare shift lever. But above all, they make all the difference between shifting into the gear you want, and not. They ensure it happens right by displaying the direction you must shift in for each gear. The process: grab it, step on your clutch if you drive stick, and pull the corresponding way. It's that simple. What an original shift knob comes made of, though, is more complex. Many look the same, and your brand can make them out of everything from basic plastic to rugged metal. If you drive a sports car, you may even have one made of high-strength carbon fiber. Other types yet include those wrapped in no-frills vinyl or more luxurious leather. Their shapes, sizes, and even weights differ as well. Weighted shift knobs, for instance, reduce both shift time and effort. You'll see them in a lot of performance vehicles.
When Do You Change a Shift Knob?
Most often, when the one you've got is worn, you should replace it. Ditto for if you just want a style change. The best shift knob for that repair or upgrade is genuine OEM. That's because shift knobs made by your manufacturer for your vehicle specifically will fit it right off the line. Our parts store stocks plenty, and you can buy one online. Order today and we'll ship immediately.
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