wires coming out of stick shift post

I originally thought one of my kids had wrapped a wire arount my stick shift, then I realized that the loose wires (about 6" on each side) were coming from the stick shift itself! Was somebody messing with my
car? What do these wires do?
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kenabbott wrote:

I forgot to mention: '99 E36 M3.
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kenabbott wrote:

I forgot to mention: '99 E36 M3.
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Did you car have a lighted shift knob? The newer ones do and that might explain the wires.
R / John
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Ken,
It must be a recent add-in, or part of the M3 package...my '97 E36 shift knob pops off once in a while and I know there's no wires under there.
Tom.
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Tom wrote on Mon, 15 Jan 2007 16:06:41 GMT:

Pops off? My '93 model needed a damn good pull to replace recently (the stitching had come apart after years of abuse - prior to me buying the car I might add), and I was warned by the BMW dealer parts desk to be careful as often replacing gear knobs would result in elbows being hurt when hitting the windscreen at speed :P
Suffice to say I didn't hurt myself, although it was a close call.
Dan
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I'm not sure how they attached the knob on your '93, but on my '97 it's a set of four plastic "fingers" in the knob that engage a slot around the top of the metal shift post. About 1.5 of the "fingers" are worn or broken on mine (like you, before buying the car), so the grip is a little tenuos. It's not a problem during normal driving, but if I'm driving angry and take it out on the post during a shift, I often find my self in neutral and holding the shift knob. I can pull it off pretty easily if I want to.
One of those annoying-but-not-cripplingly-so defects that cars (my cars, anyway) accumulate with time.
Tom.
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Tom Sanderson wrote:

The old ones were a friction fit and bloody hard to get off. You had to be committed and have belief in the person/book who told you it just pulled off, honest. No way they would have fallen off. Such is progress.
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Dan wrote on Tue, 16 Jan 2007 23:11:09 +0000:

Yeah, friction fit it is (with a little bar and recess which pair up to prevent the knob spinning on top of the stick). Originally I thought it was glued or screwed on, it just wouldn't shift, but the dealer insisted it pulled and he was right. The new knobs come with a screw in the top but have nothing to do with attachment to the stick (looks like the screw holds the internal sleeve that fits onto the stick).
Dan
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