How to Remove the Center Console in Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

According to Toyota car the Toyota car is the top-selling car of all time. The Toyota car came with an in-dash radio, tape deck or CD player as a feature. In order to change out the stereo and replace it with an aftermarket option, the center console needs to be removed. Toyota car were built with both Torx screws and Phillips head screws as fasteners, so which tool will be needed is a coin flip. Keep both handy just in case.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Center Console in a 2009 Acura MDX

Open the hood of your MDX. Remove the black negative-connector on your battery to disable any charge.

Push your driver and passenger front seats into the rear of your MDX. The seats sit on a rail track, and have a limited amount of space to move. Use the adjuster module located on the bottom-exterior portion of each seat to move them into place.

Remove the plastic molding below your MDX's radio. Two finger-clips are located on the sides of the molding. Pinch the clips and pull each out. Pull off the top plastic-molding. Set it aside.

Remove the top plastic-shifter-panel directly on top of your center console. Seven finger-clips, two bolts near the drink trays and one screw on the passenger side near the drink trays connect the panel. Remove the screw with the Philips screwdriver. Remove the bolts with the socket wrench. Lift the panel off and set it aside, saving the bolts, clips and screws.

Remove the driver's side plastic-molding panel from the center console. Four finger-clips hold the plastic molding panel in place. Remove and save each finger clip. Use your flathead screwdriver to pry off the panel.

Remove the passenger side plastic-panel from the center console. The passenger side plastic-panel has four finger-clips. Pry it from the center console with your flathead screwdriver.

Remove the rear plastic-panel of the center console. Use your Philips screwdriver to remove the screws, and pinch the clips free with your fingers. Disconnect the electric connector attached to the panel by pulling from the clip's head, not the wire itself.

Extract the eight bolts attached to the base of your MDX's center console using your socket wrench. Lift and remove the center console.

Items you will need

  • Philips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Socket wrench set

 How to Remove the Center Console on a GMC Sierra

Open the rear cup holder on the console and pull it out all the way. Then open up the lid to the console.

Grab on either side of the center pocket of the console and lift it up with your hands. It's held in place by gravity and friction, so it should be fairly easy to lift out of place.

Locate the four bolts that hold the console to the floor. They're in both the front and back of the console, right in the middle on metal braces.

Unbolt the console from the floor using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. You may have to alternate between using the extension and not, depending on how far you can reach your arm.

Lift the console out of the vehicle and place it to the side.

Items you will need

  • 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set

 How to Remove the Center Console in a Silverado

Removal

Connect a memory saver unit to your Silverado according to its manufacturer's instructions. If you don't have a memory saver unit, see the "Tips" section before continuing. Disconnect the negative battery cable with a socket and ratchet. Wait a minimum of 10 minutes before continuing.

Remove the seatbelt access panel on the driver seat, using a plastic trim removal tool. Remove the bolt for the seatbelt, then remove the seatbelt from the seat. Slide the seat all the way forward. Pry away the track bolt covers, if equipped. Remove the rear track bolts. Slide the seat to the full rearward position and remove the front track bolts. Disconnect the wiring harness from the seat, then remove the seat from your Silverado. Repeat this step for the passenger seat.

Reach under the dash and grasp the very front of one side of the center console. Give the panel a quick tug to remove the trim panel. Repeat this for the other side of the center console.

Pry around the edges of the top bezel. Lift the bezel away from the center console. Disconnect the wiring connectors from the center console. Look down into the console and find the bolts that secure the console to the instrument panel. Remove the bolts. Lift the console and remove it from your Silverado.

Installation

Guide the center console into your Silverado and align the front mounting holes with the holes in the instrument panel. Install the bolts and snug them. Connect all wiring connectors to their respective components. Press-fit the top bezel to the center console.

Align the clips on the front console panels with the holes in the center console. Press the panels into place. The panels sit flush with the console when properly installed.

Place the passenger seat into your Silverado. Connect the wiring connectors. Install the front track bolts and tighten them to 66 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench. Slide the seat to the full forward position. Install the rear bolts and tighten them to 41 foot-pounds. Guide the end of the seatbelt through the slit in the seat and align the eyelet with the belt mounting hole on the seat frame. Install the bolt and tighten it to 33 foot-pounds. Press fit the seatbelt access panel to the seat. Repeat this step for the driver seat.

Connect the negative battery cable. Tighten the terminal bolt to 13 foot-pounds. Disconnect the memory saver unit from your Silverado according to its manufacturer's instructions.

Items you will need

  • Memory saver unit

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

  • Plastic trim removal tool

  • Torque wrench

 How to Remove the Center Console on a 1969 Camaro

Disconnect the negative battery terminal if the console has factory gauges. Engage the parking brake or block the tires and put the transmission in neutral. Remove the shift knob. If it is a manual transmission, just unscrew the knob. If it is an automatic, loosen the small Allen screw in the base of the shifter handle.

Slide the shifter handle up and off the shifter tube. Notice the plastic rod in the tube. This is the detente rod that gets pushed down when the buttons on the lower part of the handle are depressed. It allows the shifter to move through the gears and prevents it from doing so in neutral, reverse or park, when released.

Remove the shifter cover plate. In the case of a manual transmission, remove the Phillips screws in the four corners of the plate. Some automatic transmission covers also have four screws, but more than likely will have rectangular spring clips affixed to the backside of the cover. If this is the case, use a small screwdriver to carefully pry the cover up, releasing the trim fasteners. Lift either cover up and over the shift rod. Be careful not to lose the slider cover for the automatic.

Remove the two Phillips screws in the front outside of the console. Two more screws can be seen now that the shift cover has been removed. The last screw will be under the rear ashtray. Lift the front of the console up just enough to disconnect the gauges using small electrical wrenches. Remove the console.

Items you will need

  • Set of Allen wrenches

  • Set of small electrical wrenches

  • ½-inch open end wrench

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Small pocket common screwdriver

 How to Remove Center Console in a Honda

Pull up the trim around the emergency brake using your hands. Set the panel to the side. Unscrew the two Phillips-head screws underneath the trim using the Phillips-head screwdriver.

Remove the Phillips-head screw on the sides of the console towards the rear using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove the two clips at the forward section of the console using the flat-head screwdriver.

Slide the console back, then up and off the floorboard.

Items you will need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Flat-head screwdriver

 How to Remove the Center Console of a 2002 Toyota Avalon

Ensure that the two front wheels are pointing straight ahead. Remove the key from the Avalon's ignition and engage the parking brake. Open the engine compartment and disconnect the cable from the negative terminal on the battery. Wait at least two minutes for residual power within the Avalon to run out. This will disable the air bags.

Pry off the small strip at the back of the shifting panel. This will be close to where the console compartment begins. Beneath this strip are two screws. Remove them, using either a trim tool or a flathead screwdriver wrapped in tape. A "naked" screwdriver might accidentally scratch the panels.

Pry up the upper trim panels around the the transmission shifter. If the Avalon has a stick shift, you will first need to pull the knob off the stick.

Remove everything from the console box. There is a covering at the bottom of the box. Remove this and the two screws beneath it.

Remove the remaining screws on front and back sections of the console box.

Lift the console box up. Disconnect any electrical connections you find. The center console as a whole can now be removed from the Avalon.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Trim tool

 How to Remove the Center Console on a Prius

Park the vehicle in a location away from traffic. Turn the engine off, and disconnect the negative lead from the 12-volt battery.

Open the center console lid, and remove the rug on the floor of the console. Unscrew the two screws at the bottom that are now exposed.

Pull the cup holder trim from the front of the console by just pulling it off the clips. Unscrew two screws at the front lower sides of the console that are now exposed near the floor. Ignore the screws on the side in the middle of the console. They only secure the console shelf.

Tilt the entire console back. It will still be attached to all the wires for power, audio and other components. Unplug all wire connections, and lift the console out of the center housing.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Panel removal tool

  • 1/4-inch socket set

  • Drill

  • Electrical insulating tape

 How to Remove the Center Console From a 1998 Toyota Corolla

Park the Corolla on a level surface and set the parking brake.

Pull off the plastic tips on all four of the temperature control levers. If they stick, wiggle them back and forth as you pull and they'll come free.

Remove the screw under the AC button with either a Torx screwdriver or a Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the screw under the blue, white and red temperature lever as well.

Grip the bottom edges of the center console with two hands and pry it loose of the fastening clips. A quick jerk should be enough to free it. Continue all the way around the edge until the console is completely free.

Remove the console from the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Torx screwdriver

  • Phillips head screwdriver

 How to Remove the Center Console From a Ford Focus

Park the Focus and put it in neutral. Pull the parking brake lever up. Remove the trim panel around the gearshift by using the trim tool to gently pry up the panel to release the four clips -- two on each side of the panel. Grasp the rear of the panel and lift to remove it from the console. If your Focus has an automatic transmission, unplug the connector underneath the trim panel.

Find the trim button on the side panel on the driver side of the console, toward the forward edge of the panel near the gas pedal. Use the trim tool to pry the button off and discard it. Gently pull the side panel away from the console. There are five clips to disengage behind the panel -- two close together toward the rear edge of the panel at the bottom and three near the top of the panel in a triangle pattern. Remove the side panel.

Pry up the trim panel around the parking lever. The panel has a single clip on the forward edge of the panel. Slide the panel over the parking lever and remove it from the console.

Remove three Allen screws from the panel surrounding the gearshift and extending up the passenger side of the console -- two on the passenger side and one on the driver side. Remove the panel.

Pull up and remove the trim panel on the left side of the radio and extending down along the gearshift. The panel has three clips -- one near the top of the panel along the edge of the radio and two at the rear edge of the panel. If your Focus S has the center armrest, the panel will have one clip and an escutcheon around the parking brake lever.

Pull out the trim panel on the passenger side of the console. The panel has two clips -- both on the rear edge of the panel. Pull out the retainer clamp on the side of the console and unplug the electrical connector. Remove four bolts from the console: two on the rear, one on each side, and two on the top of the front edge below the radio. Remove the console.

To install the console, set it in place and install the four bolts. Tighten the bolts to 35 inch-pounds. Connect the electrical connector and close the clamp. Align the passenger-side panel and press it into place to engage the clips on the rear edge.

Press the panel into place along the driver side of the radio down along the gearshift and engage the three clips. Install the panel surrounding the gearshift and extending up the passenger side of the console. Tighten the Allen screws.

Slide the trim panel around the parking lever and press it into place, engaging the clip on the forward edge of the panel. If your Focus S has the center armrest, install the escutcheon around the parking brake lever and engage the clip on the trim panel. Install the driver-side panel and engage the five clips -- two on the rear edge and three on the top.

Position the gearshift panel near the gearshift and connect the electrical connector if your Focus has an automatic transmission. Install the trim panel around the gearshift and press each side to engage the four clips.

Items you will need

  • Trim tool

  • Allen driver set

  • Ratchet

  • Socket set

  • Torque wrench

 How to Remove the Center Console in a 1998 Ford Explorer

Remove the package tray and cup holders by grasping them with both hands and pulling them out. Once these are removed, the wiring block under the stereo will be visible.

Loosen the bolt holding the wiring block in place with a screwdriver until you are able to unplug the harness. The harness can be unplugged by hand and will not have to be removed from the console.

Remove two gold-colored bolts with the screwdriver on each side of where the wiring block used to be.

Look down in the front of the armrest, and you'll see two more bolts identical to the ones you just removed. Remove these bolts with a screwdriver as well. You might want to use an extra long screwdriver because of the location of these bolts. You might need needle nose pliers to remove the bolts once they've been loosened.

Pull the console straight back, while you are sitting in the back seat. This will take quite a bit of force, because there are two metal "fingers" holding the center console in place, but pulling it through the rear is the only way to remove the console. The "fingers" are an added safety measure in the vehicle, but will let go with enough force. The center console will have to be pulled back and then up to be removed.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Needle nose pliers

 How to Remove the Center Console in a Mazda CX7

Twist off the CX7's shift knob and set it to the side. Pry up the shift gate panel surrounding it with a plastic trim tool. Unplug the harness from behind, if necessary. CX7s with heated seats will have the switch wiring harness beneath the shift gate panel.

Inspect each side of the center console. You'll find two screw covers on each side. Pry up the plastic screw covers with a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the Phillips screws behind the covers.

Remove the two fasteners with the flat-head screwdriver. There is one fastener on each side of the center console.

Remove the four Phillips screws from the front part of the center console. Lift the center console up to remove if from the CX7.

Items you will need

  • Plastic trim tool

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove a Center Console in a 2007 Mazda 6

Shut off the Mazda 6's engine, and open the hood. Locate the battery in the driver-side front corner of the engine compartment. Lift the plastic battery cover to access the battery cables. Use a wrench or pliers to turn the metal nut around the negative battery cable. Lift the cable to disconnect the battery.

Set the parking brake for safety. Grasp the shift knob and twist it counterclockwise to remove it from the shifter. Open the cup holder compartment in the console.

Grasp the base of the gearshift surround panel with one hand. With the other, grasp the section surrounding the cup holder. Pull upward firmly to unhook the center console's trim panel. Slide it up and over the shifter to remove it.

Remove the two screws from the front edge of the center console with a Phillips screwdriver. (These screws are visible with the trim panel removed.)

Pull off the two circular screw covers on the front edge of the center console (you'll find one on each side). Remove the screws behind these covers with a Phillips screwdriver.

Open the center console storage. On the storage floor, you'll find two screws. Remove them with a Phillips screwdriver. Grasp the entire console, and lift it up to remove it from the floorboard. Slide it forward and then upward to maneuver it around the parking brake lever.

Items you will need

  • Wrench or pliers

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove the Center Console on a BMW 740i

Drive the BMW 740 into your garage or driveway because if you perform this removal procedure on the side of the road it will look like you are stealing the stereo. Place the 740 in "Park" and pull the emergency brake to make sure it does not shift while you are working on it. Make sure the car is off before you continue.

Pull the two plastic cup holders out from the center arm rest by hand. Unscrew the Philips head screws at the bottom of the cup holder holes. Go to the back seat of the 740 and pull the ash tray out from the rear of the front center arm rest. Unscrew the two Philips head screws that are underneath. Pull the center arm rest up and then back and place it to the side so that it does not get bent. Pull the emergency brake jacket off and the center plastic bezel from around the shifter.

Pry the bottom of the center console bezel up with a flat screwdriver. Be very gentle, as you can easily crack the plastic. Work the screwdriver in the seam between the center console bezel and the rest of the dash. Pull the center console bezel straight back and then up once all the pegs are disengaged. Place the center console somewhere safe, as it too is prone to cracking.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver set

 How to Remove the Center Console From a Mercedes Benz ML320

Engage the emergency brake. Open the armrest to reveal the inside of the center console storage compartment. Remove personal items from the storage compartment.

Remove the two screws connected to the armrest located on the inside of the storage compartment.

Remove the cover on the gearshift lever by removing the two screws located near the top of the cup holder compartment.

Remove the two screws on the inside of the storage compartment housing on the floor closest to the gear shift.

Disconnect the left and right rear window switches located on the rear wall inside the storage compartment. Disconnect the connector from the floor on the inside of the storage compartment.

Remove the four remaining screws from the inside of the storage compartment housing. The screws are located near the rear of the housing on the floor. Set the shift lever to neutral and remove the housing.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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