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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



Step 3
remove cup holder piece



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.



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



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).
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



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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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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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.
 

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Nice write up! How long did it take to remove the console, and reinstall it?
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.
 

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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...
 

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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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