As well as the Handbremsbalg also belongs the shift bag to the standard equipment in the car cockpit. The shift bag is part of the gearbox. This is a kind of cuff, which protects the switching mechanism from the ingress of dust and dirt and other objects from the interior. At the upper narrow part of the cuff has a recess through which protrudes the shift knob or a part of the shift rod. The sleeve serves as a cover of the mechanical connecting elements between the shift knob or the shift rod and the switch block. By default, a mid-size car is equipped with a synthetic leather shift boot or plastic bellows.
Some manufacturers also build shift bags made of a solid cotton fabric into their car models. The seams, which are mostly visible on the gearshift bag, are intended by the car manufacturer and mostly serve as design details. Cars in the upper class also have higher-quality leather gear bags. However, anyone can exchange the existing gearshift bag in their car - regardless of the car class it belongs to - for a higher-quality or individually designed model. This also applies to the color scheme. A standard sleeve for the manual transmission is available in black or gray - to match the color of the fittings.
Choose an easy-care model
Who wants to replace the shift bag, is spoiled for choice. Because there are models of exchange in different shapes and colors. If you want to give your interior a colorful touch, you can opt for a colorful model, for example. There are also shift bags that are covered with carbon. There is also a large choice in the choice of materials and a highlight is the use of so-called Carbon Fabric, Who wants to make the interior of the car higher quality, can replace the previous shift bag made of imitation leather against a model made of genuine leather. But a shift bag made of artificial leather should be the easiest to clean. Because this material is easy to keep free of dust and dirt. It is sufficient to wipe the shift bag now and then with a damp cloth. Seen optically, a shift bag made of imitation leather is made of real leather in nothing.
Exchange sometimes costly but worthwhile
In some car models, the replacement of a shift bag is easy. This is especially true for small cars. Because these cuffs are often only with braces or cable ties on shift knob attached and clipped in the center console. On car models of the middle class but often only a part of the center console must be exposed to get to the shift bag. As a rule, even screws can be loosened here. The extraction of the previous shift bag is as soon as it is exposed, but then easy. When reassembling, care should be taken to ensure that the shifting boot is in the right place and that everything continues to function smoothly. Basically similar is the cuff in an automatic vehicle. It is usually a bit smaller, but similar in style. The majority of vehicles with automatic transmission, however, has often installed a rigid plastic cladding. Although these can be individualized, with a classic leather cuff that has nothing to do.
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