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Author Topic: How to replace the large and small rubber shift boots  (Read 15824 times)
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« on: February 23, 2011, 12:41:04 AM »

After a few years the rubber shift boots around the transmission tunnel under the center console start to deteriorate and allow noise and heat under the shifter.  Here is how to replace it:

Start by removing the 5 screws that hold on the center console: 2 on the front, either side of the console, 2 under the center console armrest and 1 PITA screw under the window switch.


To remove the window switch only pry on the front and rear of the switch.  There are no clips on the side of the window switch.  Once the switch is out, unplug it and remove the clip holding the wires to the center console.


Remove the center console and place it aside.  Now remove the insulation surrounding the boots, it should look like this


Now remove the 4 bolts surrounding the large shift boot. Use tin snips to cut the plastic retainer ring for easier removal.


Once the large shifter boot is out of the way you can now unbolt the 3 screws that hold on the smaller shifter boot, Mazda calls it the dust cover. Use a razor blade to remove all the rubber from the inside diameter of the metal plate of the boot for easy removal.


Coat the black part of the shifter with a light coat of silicone spray, motor oil or any lubricate you have that is safe for rubber.  My shifter has a yellow mark on it to indicate the front of the shifter, make sure the bend in the shifter is to the left, or driver side. Slide the small boot on past the black part of the shifter.  The lubricate also allows you to rotate the boot to align the holes for the bolts.  Installation is the opposite of reverse the rest of the parts.


Total install time is about 30min and difficulty level is very easy.
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