Published on 2012-10-09
Follow along in the video as Jmac shows you how to remove a Mustang center console. To gain access to certain parts on your Fox Mustang, you will need to remove your center console. Some of the most common reasons to remove your center console are to replace old worn out components such as Ash Tray Doors, Lower Shift Boots or even old dirty carpet. The removal process is extremely easy and can be done in less than 30 minutes. Check out some of these common restoration parts used while removing your center console.
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JONATHAN MCDONALD: Hey, everybody. Jmac here with more interior tech. Today we're going to be showing you how to remove your center console. Now removing your center console is necessary to gain access to your shifter or even just your lower shifter boot.
Now it is a little involved, so follow along and we'll show you step by step what needs to be done. We're going to start by removing your center console armrest. Go ahead and pop off your oval plug and grab you a 5/16 or 8-millimeter socket, and you can remove the two bolts on each side that hold the armrest onto the console.
Repeat that process for the other side. I already have ours done. So you can just pick straight up on the armrest and it'll come free of the console.
You can set it out of the way, and we'll move up here to the shifter handle. Just pop up your shifter boot and bezel. You can just pick it up. And then remove the two bolts that hold onto your shifter handle.
Now every shifter's going to have a different piece of hardware holding it on, so you're going to use anywhere from a 10-millimeter to a 13-millimeter socket, or even an Allen-head socket for some aftermarket shifters. You just remove those two bolts to get that handle out of the way.
Then go ahead and remove your AC trim bezel. That just snaps out of place really easily. And grab you a set of radio removal tools. If you still have the stock radio, we have these available on our website. If you've got an aftermarket radio in your car, you have four screws holding in the adapter plate, so you can pull those four screws out to gain access to the back of the radio.
Engage those into place. Pull out and straight back on the radio. And unplug your antenna and then your two electrical connectors from the back. Set that out of the way.
Now we can move on over here to the driver's side. You're going after remove your lower column cover. It's held on by two Phillips' head screws. You've got one over here by the key release button. Get it out of the way. And then one over here, right underneath the lock cylinder. And then your lower column cover comes free. Make sure and keep your screws with it, because you don't want to be hunting around for screws later.
Now your plastic cover, trim cover, for the bottom of the dash, it's held on at the bottom with three screws, and it's got two push clips up here. This car is already missing one screw. It's 5/16 or 8-millimeter head. Go ahead and pull those out of the way.
And grab hold of the panel and pull straight back to disengage the clips. You can set it out of the way. Then you've got this metal trim piece. It's held on, again, with two bolts. It's got either 5/16 or 8-millimeter head. We want to pull those out of the way. Then that metal plate comes free.
Now you want to drop your glove box, open it up, and then push in on both sides, and then it'll completely fall down. Because you have two Phillips-head screws on this side and two Phillips-head screws on this side that you need to remove.
Now you can go ahead and remove the two Phillips-head screws at the front of the console top panel. Then the two Phillips-head screws at the back of the console top panel. Pull up on your E-brake handle and you can take your console top panel up and off.
Then disconnect your two electrical connections-- one for the cigarette lighter and then the other one for the power mirror switch, if your car's equipped. Then your console top panel is free. Now you have two more Phillips-head screws at the back of the console that need to come out.
And now your console is free. Lower your E-brake handle back down, pick up on the back of the console, and pull straight back. Lift up, and you've got an electrical connector over here for your trunk release. It simply pops out of place, and your console is free from the car.
Now to reinstall your console, you would just simply reverse these removal steps. For more interior restoration videos, check out latemodelrestoration.com.
Are you wondering how to remove the center console in your Fox Body Mustang? Watch our step-by-step video and check out the tech article below! Removing the center console is a key step in many interior restoration projects. This includes carpet installs, ash tray door repairs and many more. Be sure to check out our full line of technical videos and article here: Fox Body Mustang Tech Videos & Articles.
First step is to use the common "flat head" screwdriver to remove the console arm rest access plugs and reveal the two 8mm bolts holding the arm rest to the console. These are located at the back of the center console. note: there are 2 bolts per side of the arm rest
Next: Pull up on the rear arm rest to reveal the 2 screws holding the rear of the console top panel down. Use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove these 2 screws. You can now gently pull up on the plastic shifter bezel and move it out of the way to reveal the 2 front retaining screws. Remove the front and rear console top panel screws.
Once these are removed, the console top panel will be loose. The next step will vary from car to car. Some of the wiring harnesses have enough play in them that you can move the top panel out of the way and flip it over to unplug them. Others may not have that much room and you have to reach under the panel and unhook the harnesses by "feel". Unhook both the cigarette lighter and the power window switch "if equipped" and remove the top panel from the car.
Next you will need to remove the radio. This will vary depending on if you have a factory or aftermarket radio. To remove your factory radio you will new one of our Mustang radio removal tools.
Next up is removing the lower steering colum cover. It is held on by Philips style screws. With this gone you can now remove the lower dash panel. It is held on by three screws and push pins. The this panel removed you can now access the metal panel that must be removed.
It is now time to move to the other side and drop the glove box to gain access to the passenger side upper console bolts. Remove both the driver and passenger side upper bolts. Now you can remove the remaining rear console bolts. They were located under the console top panel near the rear of the console. Once those bolts are removed you can now start working the center console out of your Fox Body Mustang. Don’t forget to disconnect your trunk open button if equipped!