Yeah, this is common amongst the EF/EL Chrome Auto Button Brigade !
Unfortunately, The AU one is different, in the sense that it uses a Hex Screw to Hold the Knob in place, where as the EF/EL is a twist on type, with a Locking nut Below the Knob, to hold it in place. (Although I am sure that this would not stop anybody from trying to fit the AU ones, especially the Momo Stitched Leather ones !)
As for repairing the Knob, I dunno if the Chrome Bit can be bought as a seperate item from ford ?
Also finally, to get a new Leather Stiched Knob with Chrome button is going to be a bit expensive to purchase from Ford.
(Not sure Exactly, but expect in the Hundreds, going by normal Ghia Part costs)
Oh no! Been there done that! A replacement leather knob was qoted to me at $280. Ford should really look at their parts pricing- seriously.
I went to the wreckers and bought an immaculate Fairlane handle, no leather but with the chrome button for $50. It looks the same, no better without the paint wearing off the leather!
'We drew a line in the sand. No one would kick sand in our faces again!' G.P.
EF Fairmont Ghia, Bordeaux Purple, 5.0 Windsor, Crane cam, ChipTorque modded ECU, full XR bodykit, 16 inch XR8 alloys, 2.5 inch dropped Tickford suspension, full grey leather trim with chrome, woodgrain and lots of lights, climate control, ABS, Premium sound, trip computer, power everything
I know this is the cheap (possibly "hack" way) but I'm getting my gear shifter leathered, and I plan on painting my current button chrome to imitate the ghia one - laugh if you will, but I ain't gonna fork out and spend megabux on one from Ford !!! hehe. Ford are also reluctant to help out someone like me (Futura boy) because they like to keep things prestigious, hence the insane prices. Sorry for the rant =]
sorry to here man, it's happen to me once also.
Even if ford would sell you just the button you need to un-stich the leather to even get close to getting to it. I but a bit of glue on the piece that was bust and that last all of two days.
If you live in melb I have a Fairlane one ( no leather though) in the mocca/brown colour if you want for $20.
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