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Old 01-01-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default How-To: Front Floor Console Replacement

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 Nm (35 lb in).




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Old 01-01-2011, 02:41 PM   #2
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1. Grasp the extension panels (1) and pull outward disengaging the retainer clips securing the panel to the front floor console.




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Old 01-01-2011, 02:41 PM   #3
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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 Nm (80 lb in) and screw (3) to 2.5 Nm (22 lb in).


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Old 01-02-2011, 02:36 AM   #4
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Additional info:

The rear power outlet panel is easily removable. The top snaps in / unsnaps with two clips. Then rotate it backwards about 30-45 degrees, as if the bottom is hinged. Lift out.

To replace, insert bottom tabs into holes on console, then rotate forward and snap in.
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:40 AM   #5
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Great information but I would assume that step #1 would be to remover the seats so you could get to those screws on the side of the console?
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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.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:11 AM   #7
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Thanks for your input and follow-up. Me, it usually takes more than 10 minutes to track down that last socket, anyway.

The seat removal isn't bad as far as these things go, actually:

1. Disable the SIR System.
2. Move the seat full forward.



3. Remove the seat belt anchor from the front seat assembly.



4. Remove the seat mounting bolts and tilt the seat forward.
5. Disconnect the electrical wire harness and remove the push-in fastener from beneath the seat.
6. Remove the seat.

Tighten seat mounting bolt to 45 Nm (33 lb ft). Don't play with the track assemblies while the seat's out or the tracks may go out of synchronization.

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Old 01-04-2011, 01:17 PM   #8
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This is off topic, but where do you guys get these diagrams from?
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:28 PM   #9
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If you have to ask you can't afford it...

No, wait, that's for restaurants!

Starship and chevyguy8893 both turn wrenches and have access to these things.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:31 PM   #10
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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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