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Pelican Technical Article:

Waterfall Console Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

****

Tools:

Plastic pry bar, T25 Torx driver, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Waterfall console

Hot Tip:

Read all the directions and take your time

Complementary Modification:

Upgrade the waterfall outer panel to carbon fiber or other

Most of the newer Volvo models incorporate a "floating" center console referred to as a waterfall console. The waterfall console houses the stereo unit as well as the HVAC controls. While a stylish design that really sets the interior apart, it can also be a little challenging to remove. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the waterfall console.

Begin by prying out the plastic surround on the waterfall console along the top edge (green arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by prying out the plastic surround on the waterfall console along the top edge (green arrow). A plastic prybar works well here.

Now use the plastic pry bar to carefully pry out the display panel for the stereo along the bottom edge (green arrows).
Figure 2

Now use the plastic pry bar to carefully pry out the display panel for the stereo along the bottom edge (green arrows).

Press the tabs on the rear of the display (green arrows) and pull the head unit out of the display.
Figure 3

Press the tabs on the rear of the display (green arrows) and pull the head unit out of the display.

Loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws (green arrows) holding the top of the waterfall console to the dashboard.
Figure 4

Loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws (green arrows) holding the top of the waterfall console to the dashboard.

Locate the access panel right next to the emergency brake (green arrow).
Figure 5

Locate the access panel right next to the emergency brake (green arrow).

Use a flathead screwdriver or plastic pry bar to carefully pry the access panel (green arrow) out.
Figure 6

Use a flathead screwdriver or plastic pry bar to carefully pry the access panel (green arrow) out.

Open the center console rear compartment and locate the access panel at the bottom.
Figure 7

Open the center console rear compartment and locate the access panel at the bottom. Carefully pry this panel out (green arrow).

Loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws (green arrows) underneath.
Figure 8

Loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws (green arrows) underneath.

Now move to behind the waterfall console and pry off the upper trim panel (green arrow).
Figure 9

Now move to behind the waterfall console and pry off the upper trim panel (green arrow).

Loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws (green arrows) holding the front of the center console in place.
Figure 10

Loosen and remove the two T25 Torx screws (green arrows) holding the front of the center console in place. You'll also want to pull all along the left and right side edges of the center console (yellow arrows) to release it from the dashboard.

Carefully pull out the tray (green arrow) behind the waterfall console.
Figure 11

Carefully pull out the tray (green arrow) behind the waterfall console.

Release the locking tab (green arrow) under the tray.
Figure 12

Release the locking tab (green arrow) under the tray.

You'll now need to pull the entire center console towards the rear of the car enough to access the two T25 Torx screws holding the lower edge of the waterfall console to the car.
Figure 13

You'll now need to pull the entire center console towards the rear of the car enough to access the two T25 Torx screws holding the lower edge of the waterfall console to the car.

Now turn the waterfall console over and press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow).
Figure 14

Now turn the waterfall console over and press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow). Pull the electrical connector off the waterfall console.

And here's the final result with the console removed from the car.
Figure 15

And here's the final result with the console removed from the car. Re-installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
AL Comments: Thanks for sharing this. Very helpful.
July 6, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rob Comments: Thank You. The Article was very helpful. Everything went back together as it should. No broken parts or lost hardware
June 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
c Comments: very helpful. thank you
March 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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