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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Front Console

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$150

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

New console

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to pinch wires when reinstalling

Performance Gain:

Faster looking car

Complementary Modification:

New shifter knob

There are lots of reasons for removing the front console; from running new wires for a stereo or navigation system or needing to remove it so you can replace your blower motor.

We are going to show you how to remove the console with the gear shift knob attached. If you remove the gear shift knob you will need to buy a new clip to reattach it. This article will guide you through the process, just use caution working around trim pieces as you do not want to break or mar them.

Begin removal by pushing the rear of the boot towards the front of the car (red arrow).
Figure 1

Begin removal by pushing the rear of the boot towards the front of the car (red arrow).

Once the boot has cleared the rear lift up the back of the boot (red arrow).
Figure 2

Once the boot has cleared the rear lift up the back of the boot (red arrow).

The front of the boot has a ridge in it that sits in the front of the shifter opening.
Figure 3

The front of the boot has a ridge in it that sits in the front of the shifter opening. If you try and lift this before sliding the boot forward and up you will break this ridge off. Make sure this ridge is seated first when reinstalling.

There are four T20 Torx screws (red arrows) that you need to remove.
Figure 4

There are four T20 Torx screws (red arrows) that you need to remove.

Use a trim removal tool and pry out the plastic caps (red arrow).
Figure 5

Use a trim removal tool and pry out the plastic caps (red arrow).

Use a T20 Torx and remove the rear screw (red arrow).
Figure 6

Use a T20 Torx and remove the rear screw (red arrow).

Open the ash tray compartment and remove the ash tray (green arrow).
Figure 7

Open the ash tray compartment and remove the ash tray (green arrow). It just pulls straight up and out.

Remove the T20 Torx screw below the ash tray (red arrow).
Figure 8

Remove the T20 Torx screw below the ash tray (red arrow).

Slide the ash tray unit forward then up and out of the console (red arrow).
Figure 9

Slide the ash tray unit forward then up and out of the console (red arrow).

Flip the ash tray assembly over and unplug the cigarette lighter (red arrow) and detach where the wiring clips to the assembly (yellow arrow).
Figure 10

Flip the ash tray assembly over and unplug the cigarette lighter (red arrow) and detach where the wiring clips to the assembly (yellow arrow).

Remove the forward T20 Torx screw (red arrow).
Figure 11

Remove the forward T20 Torx screw (red arrow).

Slide the console up (red arrow) and back (yellow arrow).
Figure 12

Slide the console up (red arrow) and back (yellow arrow). Use care so you don't break the piece. There is a trim piece below the climate control switches (green arrow) that you can remove separately or with the console. Installation is the reverse of removal

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