How to Remove a Tundra Overhead Consoleby Leonardo R. Grabkowski
Late-model Tundra pickup trucks are equipped with an interior overhead console. This console is mounted on the headliner, in between the two sun visors. It includes a sunglasses holder, a business-card holder and a dome light. If you plan to make interior modifications, such as installing a backup camera system or a headliner-mounted DVD player, you might need to remove the overhead console to complete the installation. With the right tools, the procedure can be completed in about 15 minutes.
Disconnect the negative cable from the battery with a pair of pliers before beginning. The overhead console has an electrical harness attached. Disconnecting the negative battery cable ensures your safety.
Pry off each corner of the dome light lens with a plastic or nylon trim removal tool. Insert the tool into the small slots in each corner. Pull the dome light lens down to remove it.
Bend back the metal tabs behind the dome-light lens. Use a small flat head screwdriver or a straight pick tool. Behind the tabs, you'll see two screws. Remove the two screws with a T-20 Torx screwdriver.
Open the two compartments closest to the windshield (the business card holder and sunglasses holder). Inside each compartment, you'll find two T-20 screws. Remove them with the T-20 Torx screwdriver.
Grasp the rear part of the overhead console. Pull it down a few inches, and then push it forward to unhook the front clips. Lower the overhead console a few more inches. Unplug the wiring harness attached to it to remove it from the Tundra.
Items you will need
- Plastic or nylon trim tool
- Straight pick or flat head screwdriver
- T-20 Torx screwdriver