How to Remove a Console From a 1996 Ford Explorerby Leonardo R. Grabkowski
When equipped with front bucket seats, the 1996 Ford Explorer has a large console mounted to the front floorboard, between the driver and passenger seat. This console houses the cup holder, coin holder and center-storage compartment. If you need to make modifications or repairs to the interior, or if you simply want additional room in the front, you can remove the console in less than 20 minutes.
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.
- Keep the screws and screw caps. You will need them to properly re-install the console.