How to Remove the Floor Console in a Hyundai Sonata

by Robert Moore

You don't need any special tools to remove the center console in your 2012-to-2014 Hyundai Sonata, but there are a few trim panels you have to remove to access all of the retaining screws. You also have to remove the shift knob from the shifter assembly, which requires pulling on it with upward of 50 pounds of force.


Step 1

Set the parking brake. Turn the ignition to the "On" position. Apply the brake and shift the transmission into Neutral. Turn the ignition back toward the off position until you hit a stop-- this stop will be between the "Acc" position and the "Off" position and will shut off the interior electronics without the transmission being in Park. You will not be able to remove the key at this time.

Step 2

Get a firm hold on the shifter knob and pull straight up on it in a jerking motion -- it takes upward of 50 pounds of force to remove the knob for the first time. Remove the knob and boot as an assembly.

Step 3

Tape up the end of a flat-head screwdriver with masking tape. Use it to pry up the edges of the upper side trim panels on the center console. Remove the panels.

Step 4

Pry up the edges of the top panel and remove it from the center console. Pull the tray mat out of the armrest storage compartment. Disconnect all wiring harnesses from the center console.

Step 5

Locate the console retaining screws. On the outside, there are two screws on each side of the console and two in the bottom of the armrest storage compartment. On the inside, there are two near the shifter assembly and two that secure the front of the console to the dashboard assembly. Remove the screws with a Philips screwdriver. Remove the console.


Step 1

Align the console with the mounting holes on the floorboard and dashboard assemblies. Install the mounting screws and snug them.

Step 2

Install the mat into the bottom of the armrest storage compartment. Plug in all wiring harnesses. Align the locating pins on the console's top cover, and lower it onto the console. Tap around the edges to secure the cover.

Step 3

Press-fit the upper side trim panel to each side of the center console. Slide the shift boot and knob onto the shifter lever. Press downward on the shift knob to secure it on the shifter lever. Align the shift boot base with the hole in the top cover, then press around the edges to secure it. Shift into Park and turn off the ignition.

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