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Does anyone know how to remove the shift knob on a 2008 optima with an automatic transmission. I would like to replace the stock shift knob with a nice leather one if I get it off.
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Pull the shifter back and look to see if there are two set screws at the bottom of the handle that face the dash. If there are remove the screws and the handle will pop right off. The Spectras are this way so I can only asume the Optimas are similar.
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I just looked there were no set screws and it doesn't seem to spin off either.
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It spins off, just unscrew the knob.
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Does the "knob" come off only? Or is the whole piece (the metal shifting part) come out too?

I too would like to replace the shift knob but all I can find in the parts store are for "manual" transmissions......the thing that has me thinking though is the Kia Optima (08 anyways) isn't a typical "automatic" shift knob, there is no shift lever/lock that has to be pushed in, before you can switch gears....so would one of these knobs for a "manual" transmission work?
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Looking at a schematic, the shift lever assembly is all one piece. I don't see any instructions to take the knob off...

So no idea. Could be a snap ring inside the shifter housing, maybe glued/fastened chemically on, or a really tight fitted twist on. But don't see any screwed or what not fastening it on.
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I can unscrew the knob on our '08.
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I just tested my '09 Optima. It's on there pretty tight but if you grasp the shifter knob and twist to the left you'll feel the shifter knob 'pop' and then simply unscrew it.

I think there might be a bit of 'gear lock' on the threads that makes it feel like it wouldn't unscrew and that's where you get the 'pop' from.
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