The gear shift, also known as the gear lever or stick, makes it possible to shift gears when driving a manual transmission vehicle. It is attached right to the shift assembly. It has an important job to do, but at the same time, there’s no reason you can’t make a statement with the gearshift you choose.

Gearshifts are found in manual transmission cars. They can look very basic, much like the factory standard, or they can make an impact by looking sleek, luxurious, and stylish. As you look through stores and online, you'll find there is no shortage of gear shift accessories, knobs, and covers available for purchase. These are meant to transform an otherwise very plain looking gearshift.

Something to keep in mind when purchasing a new gearshift include:

  • Quality: What makes a good quality gearshift is one that offers proven data and stats regarding its performance, one that is relatively simple to install, and that shifts gears smoothly and easily.

  • Because this is a rather technical component that is attached to the shift assembly, it’s wise to get help from a professional mechanic. They can point you in the right direction as far as what kind of gearshift you need, and different price points.

The gearshift can be found in manual transmission vehicles, and is attached to the actual shift assembly. It can be replaced or changed if desired or needed.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Gearshift and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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