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Pelican Technical Article:

Center Console Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20 Torx driver, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1998-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1998-05)
VW Jetta GT (1998)
VW Jetta K2 (1998)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1998-99)

Parts Required:

Center console

Hot Tip:

Be cautious removing the plastic bits as they break easily

Performance Gain:

Access to items underneath

Complementary Modification:

Adjust the parking brake

Various projects on the Mk4 Jetta require you to remove the center console, such as adjusting the parking brake or removing the glovebox. In this article I'll go over the steps involved with removing the center console.

Left and right sides of console: Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screw (green arrow) at the very front of the center console underneath the dashboard.
Figure 1

Left and right sides of console: Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screw (green arrow) at the very front of the center console underneath the dashboard.

Left and right sides of console: Use a small pick to pop the trim plugs out of the center console (these were missing from our project car).
Figure 2

Left and right sides of console: Use a small pick to pop the trim plugs out of the center console (these were missing from our project car). Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screw underneath. Use a small flathead screwdriver at the rear of the shift boot (yellow arrow) to pop it out. You'll need to maneuver the boot through the center console as it is removed. 

Left and right sides of console: Use a small flathead screwdriver to pop the end pieces off the rear ashtray assembly.
Figure 3

Left and right sides of console: Use a small flathead screwdriver to pop the end pieces off the rear ashtray assembly.

Left and right sides of console: Carefully pry the tabs (green arrows) on the ash tray assembly over the pins on the center console.
Figure 4

Left and right sides of console: Carefully pry the tabs (green arrows) on the ash tray assembly over the pins on the center console. Pull the ash tray assembly off.

Left and right sides of console: Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry the cover (green arrow) off both sides of the armrest.
Figure 5

Left and right sides of console: Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry the cover (green arrow) off both sides of the armrest.

Loosen and remove the 13mm bolt (green arrow) holding the armrest to the center console support piece.
Figure 6

Loosen and remove the 13mm bolt (green arrow) holding the armrest to the center console support piece.

Loosen and remove the two T20 Torx screws securing the rear of the center console to the body.
Figure 7

Loosen and remove the two T20 Torx screws securing the rear of the center console to the body. Now lift the rear section of the center console up and out of the car.

Now carefully maneuver the front of the center console up and out from under the dashboard.
Figure 8

Now carefully maneuver the front of the center console up and out from under the dashboard.

Turn the center console over to access the electrical connection to the ash tray.
Figure 9

Turn the center console over to access the electrical connection to the ash tray. Press the tab (green arrow) and pull the connector off. Pull the harness locator (yellow arrow) out of the center console as well.

The last step is to remove the foam insulation (green arrow) from around the shift lever.
Figure 10

The last step is to remove the foam insulation (green arrow) from around the shift lever. Installing the center console is the reverse order of removal.

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