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Pelican Technical Article:

Center Console Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Door panel clip tool, flathead & Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

MINI Cooper (2007-11)
MINI Cooper S (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Trim panel clips. Center console, MINI joystick

Hot Tip:

Clean once removed

Performance Gain:

Access to items under console

Complementary Modification:

Route accessory wiring under console

Interior trim pieces in MINI R56 cars are often made of preformed hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws are used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

A number of electrical components are installed in the center console. Before removing the console, disconnect the battery negative cable and insulate the cable end to prevent accidental reconnection.

The center console runs from the dashboard along the transmission tunnel to the rear seats. You may have to remove it to work on your stereo system or to replace the MINI joystick control for iDrive. You may also have to remove the center console to replace your parking brake cables. If you're running new wiring under the center console for an iPod or other aftermarket equipment, run it through a protective loom and be sure it is well out of the way of the parking brake cable.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The center console (red arrow) runs from the dashboard along the transmission tunnel to the rear seats.
Figure 1

The center console (red arrow) runs from the dashboard along the transmission tunnel to the rear seats.

If your vehicle has the optional armrest, start by removing the T15 Torx screw in the rear cup holder (red arrow).
Figure 2

If your vehicle has the optional armrest, start by removing the T15 Torx screw in the rear cup holder (red arrow). Then remove the T15 Torx screws at the side of the armrest (green arrows).

This photo shows the screw located at the side of the armrest (red arrow).
Figure 3

This photo shows the screw located at the side of the armrest (red arrow). The right side is shown; the left side is similar.

Remove the plastic trim covers (red arrow) at the side.
Figure 4

Remove the plastic trim covers (red arrow) at the side. Pull them toward the door. The left side is shown; the right side is similar.

Lift the cup holder straight up to remove it (red arrow).
Figure 5

Lift the cup holder straight up to remove it (red arrow).

Fold the armrest up.
Figure 6

Fold the armrest up. Then unclip the wiring harness mount (red arrow) on the right side. Then remove the three T30 Torx fasteners (green arrows).

Lift the armrest up, spin it around (red arrow) and let it rest on the back seat and floor, as shown.
Figure 7

Lift the armrest up, spin it around (red arrow) and let it rest on the back seat and floor, as shown.

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the parking brake boot (red arrow) away from the center console.
Figure 8

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the parking brake boot (red arrow) away from the center console. Pull the parking brake lever boot out of the center console.

Then pull the parking brake lever boot up and over the handle.
Figure 9

Then pull the parking brake lever boot up and over the handle. Next, remove the shift boot and knob. See our tech article on shift knob or shift lever replacing. Pull up on the knob to remove it. First detach the shift boot from the center console.

Working at the cup holders, remove the two T15 Torx screws (red arrow).
Figure 10

Working at the cup holders, remove the two T15 Torx screws (red arrow).

Slide the center console toward the rear of the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 11

Slide the center console toward the rear of the vehicle (red arrow). Then lift it up and flip it over just enough to access the electrical connectors beneath it.

Next, disconnect the electrical connectors.
Figure 12

Next, disconnect the electrical connectors. Pull the joystick connector straight out to remove it (red arrow). Then remove the connectors at the front.

This photos shows the front connectors.
Figure 13

This photos shows the front connectors. Squeeze the DSC switch connector release tabs (green arrow) and pull it straight out. Pull the 12-volt socket connector (red arrow) straight out to remove it.

Remove the center console from the vehicle.
Figure 14

Remove the center console from the vehicle. Now you can replace the joystick (green arrow) or the DSC trans controls (red arrow).

To replace the joystick, remove the four T15 Torx screws (green arrows).
Figure 15

To replace the joystick, remove the four T15 Torx screws (green arrows). Then remove the joystick and replace it.

To replace the DSC buttons, remove the three T15 Torx screws (green arrows).
Figure 16

To replace the DSC buttons, remove the three T15 Torx screws (green arrows). Then remove the switches and replace them. When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel fasteners. Properly route all wiring as before.

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