Since I don't remember seeing a definitive write-up on the floor console replacement, I thought I'd post:
1. Release the boot (2) from the shift control knob (1) by pulling the boot retainer downward.
2. Remove the shift knob retaining screw (3).
3. Remove the shift knob (1) from the shift control.
4. Use a flat-bladed plastic trim tool in order to release the retainer clips securing the front floor console accessory trim plate (1, 2nd image) to the console assembly.
5. Disconnect the electrical connections.
Tighten retaining screw (3) to 4 N·m (35 lb in).
Last edited by Starship; 01-15-2011 at 03:51 PM.
Reason: Shift control knob image
1. Use a flat-bladed plastic trim tool to remove 2 bolt covers (1) from the console.
2. Move the front seats forward to access 2 rear bolts (2) and then move the seats rearward to access 2 front bolts (2).
3. Remove 4 screws (3).
4. Disconnect the electrical connections.
5. Remove the front floor console assembly (4).
Tighten bolt (2) to 9 N·m (80 lb in) and screw (3) to 2.5 N·m (22 lb in).
Last edited by Starship; 01-01-2011 at 05:52 PM.
Nope, just slide them fully forward to access the rear ones, and fully backward to access the front ones.
Unless of course you're gonna take the seats out anyhow, so do that first and save the effort. But like SS says, if you pull the seats, there are airbags to be concerned with. The FIRST step to pulling anything with an airbag is to disconnect the battery and wait. He says a couple minutes and that will probably do just fine. When I was a locksmith I was required to pull the negative terminal, attach it to the positive terminal, and wait 10 minutes. That series of events bleeds off any residual energy in the SIR system and helps prevent unintentional triggering. Also, if you remove an airbag (like from the steering wheel), place the airbag facing out, not down. Then, if it triggers, it'll just deploy instead of causing the housing to become a randomly unguided missile.
'11 LTZ, born Aug 2010, Fairfax, KS
V6/A6, Red Jewel Tintcoat / Cocoa-Cashmere, Sunroof
Mods: WeatherTech mats, CHMSL Pulser
Hmm, this is awkward. I'm one of those who never quite fit the mold. I don't actually "turn wrenches" for a living, not now (suffices to say there was a fork in the road). I think I recommended getting a set of factory service manuals from Helm in another thread. Those manuals (~3,000 pages) will have all kinds of diagrams plus theory of operation, teardown, problem determination, etc. One botched job avoided will pay for the set. A less expensive option is an online subscription to DIY sites like alldatadiy.com or eautorepair.net but I found them to be somewhat lacking in the how-stuff-works department. Anyway, there's nothing like the FSM for the curious (that's you, nertil1).
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