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Pelican Technical Article:

Center Console Plate Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Hot Tip:

Use care not to scratch the wood trim

Performance Gain:

Find what you dropped by the shifter

Complementary Modification:

Clean air vents

Removing the center console plate is simple and can be performed in well under an hour with a simple Philips head screwdriver. This article will show you how to remove the center console and ashtray housing.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts 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 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

If you are going to remove the center console and ash tray housing begin by placing the transmission safely in the Neutral position by turning the ignition to the on position, placing your foot on the brake and moving the shift knob to Neutral (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

If you are going to remove the center console and ash tray housing begin by placing the transmission safely in the Neutral position by turning the ignition to the on position, placing your foot on the brake and moving the shift knob to Neutral (yellow arrow). Make sure you are level ground and the wheels are safely chocked before putting the car in Neutral. Press the front of the ash tray and open it (red arrow).

Slide the ash tray release lever to the right (red arrow) and remove the ash tray insert.
Figure 2

Slide the ash tray release lever to the right (red arrow) and remove the ash tray insert.

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws at the bottom of the housing (red arrows, screws already removed).
Figure 3

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws at the bottom of the housing (red arrows, screws already removed). On some models you can now remove the ash tray assembly but if it does not just slide out do NOT force it, you will need to remove the center console plate first.

Open the storage container between the seats and remove the two Philips head screws at the front (red arrows, screws already removed).
Figure 4

Open the storage container between the seats and remove the two Philips head screws at the front (red arrows, screws already removed).

Lift the storage compartment out and use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw at the rear of the center console.
Figure 5

Lift the storage compartment out and use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw at the rear of the center console.

Lift the plate up and slide it to the rear (red arrow).
Figure 6

Lift the plate up and slide it to the rear (red arrow).

You can now remove the trim plate (red arrow).
Figure 7

You can now remove the trim plate (red arrow).

With the cover tray slid back you can now remove the ash tray housing.
Figure 8

With the cover tray slid back you can now remove the ash tray housing.

Turn the housing over and disconnect the lighter plug (red arrow).
Figure 9

Turn the housing over and disconnect the lighter plug (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Bob J. Comments: GREAT information! My problem is that the reverse lights on my wife's '98 SLSK 230 does not always turn on when shifting down into reverse. If you "jiggle" the shifter,
the lights turn on and off. I'm guessing that the reverse light switch is loose or needs replaced. The shifter feels good and solid. not loose or sloppy feeling.
I already removed the rear consol and I would like your opinion on where to proceed next. Look forward to your advice. Your website has been very informative! Thanks, Bob J.
January 30, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Going by memory, the switch on the side of the trans is likely faulty.Especially since it reacts to jiggling. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Oregon Pilot Comments: Thanks for the follow up, much appreciated!
June 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. I hope we have the chance to get that done for you. Well, and everyone else in need. ;) - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Oregon Pilot Comments: Hi Nick, will we be notified when the article is "updated"? Do not want to break anything and need to remove carpet under console. Thanks again, David Oregon Pilot
May 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, the article title has been updated to reflect just the center console plate. We no longer have that vehicle to remove the center console. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Oregon Pilot Comments: how does one actually remove the center console? The entire console? Sincere Thanks
May 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Looks like the article is missing some steps. Thanks for catching that. We appreciate it. I will have the article updated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
David Comments: hey nick my 86 300E doesn't have the "storage container",just a flat shelf. Would the fasteners mentioned above be under the carpet of the shelf? Are replacement switches for the heater and door controls available?
May 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Look at the side of the console for fasteners. They can be there or under the carpet.

if available, Pelican Parts can get it.

I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Pablo Comments: Hi Nick, any feedback on this yet?
March 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'll check in again, it may be access the vehicle is no longer possible. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dan Comments: Hi, I have already done everything in this article, the part I would love to know how to remove is the timber above the radio. Or how to remove the actual centre console.
Your help would be much appreciated.
February 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I will see if we can have that info added.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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