re the former. I don't have your car, but they are usually pretty much
the same. On mine there is a carpeted area which, when lifted, reveals a
screw. Undo it and then simply lift up the center console wood carefully.
I do this by using a hook and lifting on the shifter opening
The window will be remove the screws on the catch assembly that keeps
the door closed then unscrewd the lock from the shaft, then unscrew and
removed plastic from door opener handle/power window switch and last
pull up on door panel and it should slide off.
You are not going to like removing that wood in the center console. It is 2
pieces that are held
together with special Torx head screws. The seperating joint is just back from
the ash tray. You
will need Torx tips [ I do not remember the size, maybe a T15 or T20] like from
a magnetic tip
screwdriver and a 1/4" wrench.
You will also need a Phillips tip.
Open ash tray.
Remove insert and spring below it.
Loosen Phillips screw on ash tray lis.
Slide wood up and the screw head will clear the hole. Remove wood.
You will work in the ash tray opening to remove the two Torx screws.
They go from front to rear, one on each side of the ash tray opening.
You hold the tip in with one finger and turn the wrench with the other hand. Do
NOT drop anything!!
Be very very careful. The screws go into threaded inserts pressed into the rear
section. If the
inserts spin in the wood, you are literally screwed!! You will need to destroy
the wood to remove
it. BIG $$$$$.
Here is a picture of the wood. The #44 screws are incorrectly shown.
They appear as Phillips and are going the wrong way.
If and when you get the screws out, put you fingers in the ashtray hole and push
up the front edge
of the rear section. It is a very tight fit but it lifts up and then the rear
The upper half comes out after you remove the radio and then the 2 screws that
go up in the top
Be VERY careful going back together. It is a very tight fit getting the front
lower edge of the rear
half to clear the top edge of the front half without chipping it!
Thank you, I already removed the door panel, at least I was able to
close the windows manually and keep it in the up position (yes, with a
PVC water pipe), and realize I need a new regulator. So, that's done.
About the center console, I have some doubts: thanks to Karl's very
useful explanation, now I know it's not that simple.
I need to replace the radio because the car came with no code, and the
radio keep asking for it. I bought a Parrot Bluetooth Radio, but now I
read that the stereo system in my car has the ampli and the radio
receiver separated by the radio in the center console (actually they
are located in the trunk, right?).
- do I have to rewire the all system to install a "normal" radio?
- there is any way to "recode" the actual radio so I can avoid all this
- can I take the radio out of the console without remove the trim?
Thanks a lot.
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