How to Remove the Stick Shift Console in a Hyundai Sonata

by Tyson Simmons

The shift stick console on Hyundai Sonata vehicles is designed to be easily accessible. While it does not fit this description completely well, it is quite accessible compared to the consoles in some other vehicles. Whether you're replacing the console assembly or simply opening the console to access the shifter, removing the console requires a few basic tools and anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes of time.

Remove the plastic radio cover from the center console by removing the 4 Phillips screws securing it. Two of these are covered with plastic clips.

Remove the shifter knob by twisting it counterclockwise. If the knob is still the factory original, it will be secured with lock-tite. It may take some force to get the shifter to turn.

Remove the three Phillips screws securing the stick shift console using a Phillips screwdriver. Two of these screws should have been covered with the radio face cover.

Remove the shifter's upper dust cover by pulling it off and away from the assembly.

Use a 12 mm socket wrench to remove the five bolts securing the shifter bracket. Then remove the bracket. This exposes the full stick shift console.


  • By pressing down and carefully removing Phillips screws, you can prevent the heads from being stripped out.


  • Always stay aware of pinch points when working around automotive parts.

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About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.

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