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Discussion in 'Explorer - Ranger Interior Accessories' started by Turdle, March 9, 2008.

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  1. Turdle

    Turdle Habla tortuga Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Center console removal

    Tools required
    1/4" ratchet
    extensions (optional but very helpful)
    8mm socket
    10mm socket
    magnetic pickup
    wood block
    hand sledge (or big hammer)

    Step 1
    Remove tissue box-coin holder


    Step 2
    remove the cubbyhole compartment by pulling up and toward you

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    Step 3
    remove cup holder piece

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    Step 4
    Remove 2-8mm bolts
    loosen the 10mm connector retaining bolt.
    Disconnect this connector and route up under the heater controls to move it out of the way temporarily.

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    Step 5
    Remove 2-8mm bolts in the console. These are threaded into the transmission hump

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    Step 6
    use a wood block against the metal bracket, and hit hard with a hammer toward rear until the console moves back about 2 inches. Note how the rear legs ( or feet ) go under metal tabs in the hump for re assembly

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    To help a stubborn one get out-
    If you look real close--at the bottom edge of the console toward the rear is a small cut out--raised edges area. You can get a screwdriver up in there and press upwards on the release tabs, then push the console back toward rear of truck.




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    Installation is reverse of removal.

    For a more in depth procedure--go here for seat and interior panel removal. This will help you deal with the carpet without cutting it.
     
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  3. Turdle

    Turdle Habla tortuga Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Now that it's out-look how easy it is to get under the access panel.

    This is the only way I can get to my 02 sensor connectors

    This carpet is cut in a U
    I recommend cutting a large "I" shaped slit, and folding it back to expose the access panel.

    The console will hold the carpet in place once it is re installed
     

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  4. MountaineerGreen

    MountaineerGreen Towing Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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    Nice! Thanks for doing this, it took me forever to remove mine the first time, I took apart so much stuff before I figured it out. I had pretty good luck just pulling mine backwards from the back seat, but if a person was to have a bad back, that wouldn't work.
     
  5. BrooklynBay

    BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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  6. Turdle

    Turdle Habla tortuga Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Honestly it's very easy. 5 minutes.

    The first time was more like Evan described, and took about an afternoon before I knew I was messing up.
     
  7. Cobraguy

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    This is great information. Ford says slide the console rearward to release. Yea...right. What they don't say is what you're being told here...whack that sucker!! I would have NEVER done it like this if I hadn't been shown the light. Thanks!
     
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    Glad I know now, I was at a junkyard a could weeks ago, trying to pull a full-length for the 96 explorer got the bolts out and couldn't figure out why the heck there was no-go after I removed the bolts. :thumbsup: now maybe I can go try again. :D Nice write up, glad you did it.
     
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    just a heads up in the 95,96 there is a little light in the cup-holder section of the console that you will need to release to get it out(its just a little tab).
     
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    and if your really awesome you can build ur own custom one that holds 2 large powerade bottles, a 6 inch monitor, large ps2 and a power inverter. if i get the time ill take pics but its not completely done. i still need to fiberglass, sand and paint then it should be done. its completely built tho. pretty nice to have
     
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    Nice job Jon. This will come in handy so people don't do what I did and take apart the entire console when they only need to remove 4 bolts. :D Not sure how I missed this until now.
     
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    Great job. Came out just as posted here. Dealer wanted $55 to install new seat belt buckle (which was $70). Took all of 30 minutes with help from this post. Thanx.

    Sanger.
     
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    Hit me hard is right on. It's tough, because there is just barely enough room to get a good swing in on a hammer. It took me about a half dozen hits to get it out. Nice write up, thanks.
     
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    how do i get the connector disconnected?
     
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    If referring to the one up at the front, under the dash, then you unscrew the bolt in the middle of it, and pull it out.
     
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    im hitting it with the hammer and nothing is working...it seems stuck...
     
  17. Turdle

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    Use a block of wood on the bracket and HIT HARD with a hammer or mallet. Regular hammer will not do--you need some mass, like a hand sledge--
     
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    thanks alot man, ill go try that
     
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    I've gotten in the back seat, grabbed a hold real low, and pulled straight back until it gave way. Jon's method is probably a lot better, but worth a shot.
     
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    What about the tuning unit and Heat vent on the back of my center console? I have a 2000 ford explorer XLT
     
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    Yea mine took me like 3 hours to take out when I replaced my carpet I wish I would have read this first alot quicker.
     

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