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Pelican Technical Article:

Center Console Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$250

Talent:

***

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T20 Torx, small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz C250 (2012-14)
Mercedes-Benz C300 (2008-14)
Mercedes-Benz C350 (2008-14)

Parts Required:

Center console

Hot Tip:

Use care when removing plastic pieces

Performance Gain:

Better looking interior

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

While the base model Mercedes has a wonderful interior there are a wide range of trim upgrades and accessories you can add to your vehicle. One of the more popular is changing out the center console with an upgraded leather or carbon fiber console. Removal of the stock console is not difficult. It just involves working with a lot of small plastic parts, but if you take your time you should be fine.

If you are going to be working on the interior of your vehicle make sure you own and use a set of trim removal tools. These hard plastic tools are great for working with trim pieces and pay for themselves many times over the first time you scratch a trim piece by trying to remove it with a screwdriver. Pelican sells them, so if you are doing this job and don't own them consider ordering them along with the parts for this job.

Start by removing the gearshift knob and surround.
Figure 1

Start by removing the gearshift knob and surround.

Begin with the shift knob, boot and surround.
Figure 2

Begin with the shift knob, boot and surround. Make sure you are using a trim removal tool. Starting at one corner pry up on the trim piece while working your way around it (red arrows). There are five clips on the piece holding it in place, two on each side and one on the top and bottom. If the piece has never been removed it will be a very snug fit.

With the trim piece free from the console lift it up and press the tabs on the two electrical connections (red arrows) and remove the connections from the piece.
Figure 3

With the trim piece free from the console lift it up and press the tabs on the two electrical connections (red arrows) and remove the connections from the piece.

There is a plastic ring on the base of the shift knob (red arrow).
Figure 4

There is a plastic ring on the base of the shift knob (red arrow). Grasp this with your fingers and turn it counter clockwise. This will release the knob from the shaft.

You can now pull the knob, boot and trim piece straight up and off the shaft (red arrow).
Figure 5

You can now pull the knob, boot and trim piece straight up and off the shaft (red arrow).

Next, remove the surround around the shifter.
Figure 6

Next, remove the surround around the shifter. Start up in the corners (red arrows) and pry up the trim piece. There are two clips on the front of the piece and two hooks on the rear. By prying up the front you can slide the hooks out from the rear by sliding the piece forward.

You can see the clip and how it sits in the plastic mount (red arrow).
Figure 7

You can see the clip and how it sits in the plastic mount (red arrow). While there is a small clip in the center of the trim piece you do not want to pry from the middle or you run the risk of breaking the trim piece.

Open the center armrest.
Figure 8

Open the center armrest. Use a T20 Torx to remove the single Torx screw behind the knob (red arrow).

Pry up on the trim piece with your trim removal tool and then slide the trim piece forward and off the console (red arrow).
Figure 9

Pry up on the trim piece with your trim removal tool and then slide the trim piece forward and off the console (red arrow).

Next, remove the T20 Torx screw in front of the control knob (red arrow).
Figure 10

Next, remove the T20 Torx screw in front of the control knob (red arrow).

The wiring runs up to the left side of the shifter housing.
Figure 11

The wiring runs up to the left side of the shifter housing. Use a pick or small flathead screwdriver and release the tab and separate the wiring connections (red arrow).

The wiring from the knob is mounted to the plastic on the side of the console.
Figure 12

The wiring from the knob is mounted to the plastic on the side of the console. Release the tab and slide the wiring connection down and off the mount (red arrow).

You can now pass the wiring up through the hole in the console and safely remove the control knob.
Figure 13

You can now pass the wiring up through the hole in the console and safely remove the control knob.

Next remove the rear vents.
Figure 14

Next remove the rear vents. The piece sits in two grooves along the bottom and just pulls straight up and out (red arrow). The vents are really a tight fit. You will have to use a fair amount of force to get them out.

Removing the vents exposes two T20 Torx screws on the rear of the center console (red arrows).
Figure 15

Removing the vents exposes two T20 Torx screws on the rear of the center console (red arrows). Use a T20 Torx and remove the screws.

Use the T20 Torx and remove the two screws on the front of the console (red arrows).
Figure 16

Use the T20 Torx and remove the two screws on the front of the console (red arrows).

Starting at the front pull the console piece up and out.
Figure 17

Starting at the front pull the console piece up and out. You want to squeeze in on the console while lifting to free the clips that hold it in place (red arrows).

The console comes out as a single piece.
Figure 18

The console comes out as a single piece. You can now replace it with a new one or an upgrade. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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