Re: 2012 shift knob removal
Nope, shift knob is one piece, the silver piece below the know comes off with it. I was able to break mine loose using a simple rubber strap wrench. I didn't have to use heat, but some have reported having to do so. It has loc-tite on the threads (which you will want to replenish when you go to re-install). If you have to heat it with a heat gun, cover the boot with aluminum foil so as to avoid damage. Easy stuff...it'll come off with a little effort. You can find a cheap strap wrench at a local Harbor freight, think I paid $3 for a couple of them.
'12 Kona Blue