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How To: Remove/Replace 3rd Gen Center Console


BigRondo

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This is my how to for removing & replacing the center console on the 3rd Gen Ex.

Be Sure To Check Out My Other Write-Ups:

How To: Replace Blend Door Actuator in 3rd Gen Ex

How To: Remove/Replace 3rd Gen Door Panel

How To: Install Signal Mirrors On 3rd Gen Ex

How To: Restore Faded, Yellowing Headlights

How To: Replace Multifunction Switch in 3rd Gen Ex

How To: Paint Rear Pillar Trim

How To: Replace 3rd Gen Ambient Air Temperature Sensor

How To: Test a Relay



Tools Required:

1. 7MM Socket
2. 8MM Socket
3. Ratchet
4. Large Slotted Screwdriver
5. Butter Knife of Putty Knife

Center Console Removal & Replacement Detailed Instructions:

1. Remove Center Console Upper Half

1.a. Remove rubber mat

1aRemoverubbermat.jpg


1.b. Remove screw under mat – 7MM socket required

1bRemovescrewundermat.jpg


1.c. Pry from rear and pull out console upper half

1cPryfromrear.jpg


1.d. Disconnect front power point connector & extra power source connector (Cigarette Lighter?)

1dDisconnectPowerSources.jpg


1.e. View with upper half removed

1eViewwithupperhalfremoved.jpg


2. Remove Center Console Lower Half

2.a. Disconnect rear power point connector

2aDisconnectrearpowerpointconnector.jpg


2.b. Pop off rear power point connector with screwdriver – be careful not to damage connector

2bPopoffconnector.jpg


2.c. Pop off harness with screwdriver – be careful not to damage any wires

2cPopoffharness.jpg


2.d. Remove 2 front screws – 8MM socket required

2dRemove2frontscrews.jpg


2.e. Remove 2 duct screws – 8MM socket required

2eRemove2ductscrews.jpg


2.f. 4 top screws remain in place

2fTop4screwsstayinplace.jpg


2.g. Remove passenger side rear screw cover – butter knife or putty knife required

2iRemovepassrearcover.jpg


2.h. Remove passenger side rear screw – 8MM socket required

2jRemovepassengersiderearscrew.jpg


2.i. Remove driver side rear screw cover – butter knife or putty knife required

2kRemovedriverrearscrewcover.jpg


2.l. Remove driver side rear screw – 8MM socket required

2lRemovedriversiderearscrew.jpg


2.j. Pull passenger side front of console away from center and toward door to disengage velcro

2mPullpasssidefrontout.jpg


2.k. Pull driver side front of console away from center and toward door to disengage velcro

2nPulldriversidefrontout.jpg


2.l. Lift console lower half up and out of vehicle

2oPullupandout.jpg



Removal of Center Console is Complete!



Replace Center Console

3. Reinstall Center Console Lower Half

3.a. Set console lower half back into place

12aSetinplace.jpg


3.b. Push console forward to close gap in lower duct

12bClosegap.jpg


3.c. While pushing console forward, Install passenger side rear screw – 8MM socket required

12cinstallpassengersiderearscrew.jpg


3.d. Replace passenger side screw cover

12dReplacepassrearcover.jpg


3.e. While pushing console forward, Install driver side rear screw – 8MM socket required

12eInstalldriversiderearscrew.jpg


3.f. Replace driver side rear screw cover

12fReplacedriverrearscrewcover.jpg


3.g. Install 2 duct screws – 8MM socket required

12iInstall2ductscrews.jpg


3.h. Install 2 front screws – 8MM socket required

12jInstall2frontscrews.jpg


3.i. Push passenger side front of console toward center to engage Velcro

12kPushpasssidefrontin.jpg


3.j. Push driver side front of console toward center to engage Velcro

12lPushdriversidefrontin.jpg


3.k. Push harness back into place

12mSnapharness.jpg


3.l. Push rear power point connector back into place

12nSnaprearpowerpointconnector.jpg


3.m. Connect rear power point

12oConnectrearpowerpoint.jpg


4. Reinstall Center Console Upper Half

4.a. Connect extra power source & front power point

13aConnectPowerSources.jpg


4.b. Set console lower half back into position and push downward to snap into place

13bSetintoplaceandpushdown.jpg


4.c. Install screw – 7MM socket required

13cInstallscrew.jpg


4.d. Replace rubber matt

13dReplacerubbermat.jpg


Center Console Removal & Replacement is Complete!


:wavey: Thanks for looking :biggthump
 




Triton8273

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You just do this one for fun? lol

EDIT: NVM lol, just realized these are from the blend door thread :banghead:
 




BigRondo

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You just do this one for fun? lol

EDIT: NVM lol, just realized these are from the blend door thread :banghead:

You are correct!! I figured instead of telling people to check out the BDA thread, they could check out the console thread. :p:
 




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