How to Remove a Console in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

All Vehicles trim levels have bucket seats with a floor mounted center console. This console wraps around the car's gear shift. It provides a cup holder and a storage compartment, as well as air vents Vehicles the rear passenger. If you want to modify the interior, you may want to remove the console. You may also want to remove the console to replace it with a new one if the console is damaged.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove a Console in a Dodge Charger

Open the console storage lid. Lift the rubber mat from the bottom of the compartment. Remove the three 8 millimeter bolts from the bottom of the compartment with a ratchet.

Remove the two screws from the panel surrounding the gear shift trim. Lift the trim upward to remove it; slide it over the gear shift knob.. Set it to the side.

Remove the three Phillips screws from the front part of the console. There is a screw on each side, and there is one beneath the gear shift panel you removed.

Push the console rearward gently and then lift it up. Underneath you'll see an electrical wire. This is the connection for the air vents on the back of the console.

Unplug the electrical wire and then lift the console out of the Charger.

Items you will need

  • 8 millimeter ratchet

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove the Console on a KIA Rio

Turn off the Rio's engine. Set the parking brake lever. Disconnect the negative battery cable with pliers.

Examine the front part of the console. You'll see a small panel containing the cigarette lighter and a power adapter. Remove the lighter. Pry around the edges of the panel with a trim removal tool. Pull it off and unplug the three connections from the back.

Pry around the shift panel with the trim removal tool and pull it off. Slide it up and over the shift knob.

Examine the area beneath the parking brake handle. You'll see another panel. Pry off the panel with the trim removal tool. Lift it up and over the parking brake handle.

Remove the Phillips screw from each cup holder. Grasp the front edges of the console and pull outward to release the mounting clips.

Lift the console up and out of the Rio to remove it.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Trim panel removal tool

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove the Console in a Lexus RX330

Adjust the front seats to move them all the way forward. Sit in the RX330's rear seat to access the center console with ease.

Push the cup holder panel on the center console to open the cup holder door. Grasp the release handle inside the cup holder and pull the sliding part of the console rearward.

Push the "Open" button on the center console to open the primary storage compartment. Lift the compartment liner up to view two Phillips screws. Remove them and save the screws to reinstall the console.

Examine the sides of the center console. Each side is covered by a large panel. Pry off each panel with a trim stick or flat-head screwdriver. Set the panels to the side.

Remove the six bolts from the center console with a ratchet. There are three bolts on each side. These will be visible when the side panels are removed.

Lift the console up and pull it rearward to unhook it. Underneath, you'll find a large wiring harness. Unplug it to separate the console.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Trim stick or flat-head screwdriver

 How to Remove a Console on a C-6 Corvette

Open the hinged cover on the console to reveal its four retaining screws. Remove the screws with a T15 torx screwdriver. Lift the cover straight up and remove it from the console.

Locate the black box, which is the F55 switch, at the rear of the console storage area. Firmly pull the switch out of its connector and place it aside. Skip this step if your Corvette does not have the F55 electronic suspension control option.

Remove the two console retaining screws with a 7 mm wrench. Pull up on the front of the parking brake lever boot to reveal the two passenger-side console trim-plate screws. Remove them with a 7mm wrench. Pull the trim plate down from the dashboard and remove it.

Lift up on the rear of the console to release the six console retaining tabs from the dashboard. Lift the console up carefully a few inches, as the wiring connectors are still attached to its underside. Reach under the console and press in on the locking tab of each connector while pulling it from its wiring harness. Repeat for all connectors.

Remove the shift knob on a manual transmission by screwing it off counterclockwise. Place the transmission in 1st gear if your C-6 Corvette has an automatic transmission.

Lift the console straight up and over the shift lever. Remove the console from the car interior. Place the transmission back into park if your car has an automatic.

Items you will need

  • T15 torx screwdriver

  • 7 mm wrench

 How to Remove a Console From a 1996 Ford Explorer

Pry up the two black caps on the console, between the cup holder and the console-storage compartment. Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the caps, if necessary. Remove the two Phillips-head screws behind the caps.

Remove the two Phillips-head screws at the front part of the console, toward the dash. These two screws are mounted at an upward-angle. Use a screwdriver with a small handle to access them.

Open the console-storage lid. Remove any items from the compartment. On the bottom of the storage bin, you'll find two Phillips-head screws. Remove these to detach the console.

Slide the front seat up, and then open the rear door. Lift and drag the console out by pulling it between the back of the front seat and the rear-seat cushion.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

 How to Remove the Console From a 2002 Ford Explorer

Open the hood of your 2002 Explorer and use the support rod to prop the hood open for the duration of this project. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery by loosening the nut on the cable end with a wrench. Pull the cable free of the battery.

Pry out the four retainer clips located at each corner of the console panel using the flat-head screwdriver.

Remove both screws from the cup holder and slide the cup holder forward until it comes free from the console. Set it aside.

Unscrew the four Phillips-head retainer screws from the console and slide the console forward.

Unplug the electrical connectors for the air conditioning unit and the radio which are connected to the back of the console. Lift the console up and out of the car.

Items you will need

  • Sockets

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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