I had a look at it from underneath as read that it was doable from there. It looked quite difficult as access is pretty tight.Hi guys, I explored under the car this evening, as I'd prefer not to pull out trim if possible. It's relatively accessible from below; I can get my hands in there.
Is the rubber boot really hard to remove, and are you removing it up (towards the cabin) or down (towards the gearbox)? I tugged on it by hand but I'm not sure thats going to do the job. I could get it over half of the connection (twithout the clip) pushing it up, but didn't have much luck pulling it down by hand. Any tips?
Having done it a few times from above, I think it would be quite hard to get off from underneath. I personally slid the boot down over the shifter bushings and toward the gearbox. I did it by carefully using a small screwdriver. I managed to get the tip inside the top of boot between the shifter and then was able to use that to stretch/slide it over the shifter to reveal the bit you need to get to.
I am not sure if you are able to do it the other way, as in slide it toward the back of the car and then up over the shifter.
The shifter noise has become a distant memory for me now though!