Essential Steps to Installing a Console
If you're the type of driver who simply needs a (non-alcoholic) drink or loose change placed beside him, then you're the type of driver who needs a durable console on a car. So if you need one today, save on money and time by installing the replacement console by yourself. Here's detailed DIY installation guide to installing a new console.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Removing detachable parts from the console
Your car's console may be filled with fitments that are separately attached to the console. So before you start replacing the old console, be sure to remove them first. Some examples of these attachments include storage compartments, coin trays or ashtrays, and cup holders. If these parts aren't snapped on attachments that can be pried off, remove them by using a flathead screwdriver and separate them from the console's housing.
Removing the console from the car's interior
The console is held in place by a number of screws or bolts. Although different console designs may vary across makes and models, the console is almost always bolted on the car's interior frame. So to remove the console, simply unscrew the bolts using a screwdriver or wrench. Once the screws are removed, carefully lift the old console and dispose of it accordingly.
Removing the boot
Aside from the console itself, you should also remove the boot found around the shift lever. Again, the boot's removal will depend on its design and the car's make and model. It can either be unfastened by unclipping the clips or unscrewing the bolts from the underside of the console. Once these fasteners or screws are removed, you can now begin with installing the new console.
Installing the new console
Replace the old console by fitting the replacement part to the car's interior frame. Fasten the screws to firmly hold the new console to the interior.
Securing the console to the car's interior
When the console is snugly fitted onto the frame, bolt on or clip on the boot around the shift lever. This will ensure that the new console doesn't move around and that the shift lever is protected from vibrations and motions.
Refit the detachable attachments to the new console
Now that you're done with installing the console all that is left is to do is to reassemble the rest of the parts that were removed during installation. Reinstall the cup holders, trays, and storage compartments the same way it was taken out.
Tips and warnings
- On some makes, the shift lever comes with a solid plastic cover around it rather than a boot. For these models, simply remove the plastic cover after removing the console from its interior.