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Guide: How to remove your center console

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Old 07-04-2013, 02:08 PM
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Default How to remove your center console

I had to take my center console out to plan for my handbrake installation (will do a how-to on that when I finish as well), and didn't see a how-to guide on how to remove the console!

It's not so bad. Things you'll need:

5/16 ratchet bit
gator grip w/ vertical extension
drill
About 20 minutes
  • Park the car on a flat surface and engage the parking brake (however I did it without one)
  • Remove anything in the cupholders and other storage areas in the console
  • The top half is clipped in. Carefully push the bottom half inward and slide your fingers into the top half and gently push up and out. You'll have to do this in several places until it's loose all around
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  • Lift the top piece and unclip the traction control harness (if you have it) under the cupholder
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  • Shift into 1st or 2nd gear
  • Lift up the top piece and rotate it clockwise in order to maneuver it over the shift ****
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  • Put the car back in park
  • Open the cubby and remove the rubber mat; you'll see two sets of bolts of different sizes
  • Use the 5/16 bit to remove the smaller two bolts
  • The larger two require some strange bit that I didn't have, so I had to use a gator grip with an extension on a drill to get it out.
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  • Turn your attention to the two bolts near the dash in front of the shifter; I don't know what size they are, so I used the gator grip to remove those two.
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  • Unclip harness
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  • Now your bottom piece (aka the rest of the console) will come out. Shift into 1st or 2nd again and lift the piece out. Put the car back in park.
  • You're done!


I don't know how common of a thing this is for people to do, but just in case someone else wants to do it, here you go.
 
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:11 PM
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good write up!!
 
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:10 AM
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Hi, have a question for you. When you had your console apart did you notice a harness connector wrapped in a piece of foam below the traction control connecter. If so, do you know what it's for? It's not in use in my car (05)

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by ssdriver View Post
Hi, have a question for you. When you had your console apart did you notice a harness connector wrapped in a piece of foam below the traction control connecter. If so, do you know what it's for? It's not in use in my car (05)

Thanks
Heated seats.The panel above the cupholder would have the switches.
 
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glad i found this, i spilled tea down in my center console and now the car sometimes doesnt know when its in park, prohibiting me from getting my key out :/ this will come in handy when i clean it out
 
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