Car: 9th Gen 1.4 Petrol SE + Navi
Join Date: 13th March 2017
Location: Essex, UK
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Certainly not a feature:- The knob is a simple screw on affair, with no locking nuts - I imagine somone's been heavy handed with the shifter (Gripping hard) - Just turn it clockwise and it'll screw on, Do so until it's as tight as possible and facing the right direction.
If you need to, you can just pull down on the silver top of the gaiter, and it will pop off allowing the shiter to rotate.