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Center Console Removal

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It is extremely recommended to have a 1/4" swivel union. Otherwise be prepared to unleash the inner samsquanch within.

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Remove everything from your 3' storage box and coin holder. And in the arm rest storage container.

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Remove your traction/seat heater plate. Pry with a flat head and pull it up. Remove the connector from the switch. Put the panel in a safe place or on the dash.

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Becareful if you are trying to remove the switch from the panel as mine was glued on, making it easy to break the plastic tabs.

I've had another one with barely any glue, making easy to release.

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1-Remove the top trim by pulling up at the cup holder location here. 2-then in the mid section, then up at the front. There are a total of 6 pressure clips. Mine were extremely stubborn and thought I was going to tear this thing into pieces.

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1-Down in the panel are two 10mm bolts, get em. 2-In the arm rest console, under the rubber mat are another two 10mm. 3-In both foot wells, on the side, there is another 10mm. One on each side. The whole assembly is free at this point. And also still holding wires within, so dont gank on it to much. It probably has about 3-4" of play. Just enough to pull it back to unclip the pressure clips that are at the top of the HVAC controls.

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Once the HVAC surround is pulled out a bit, remove this 7mm on the right side of the gear selector. You are on an angle, and pressing against a plastic tab, so be graceful, but forceful.

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The one on the left of the shifter is in a tighter spot and requires a lot of cursing, this is where you'll notice a change biologically within. You'll need a short 7mm bit, a flexible joint and some extensions.

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This is pretty much the tool at hand for the task above and below.

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In behind where my hand is, is a 7mm bolt. This one is pretty easy as there is access for things to bend.

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The passenger side will need some more persuasion . Open the glove box and pull on the trim to gain a little more access.

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This 7mm was a bear to remove as the knuckle kept hitting a nearby plastic of nothing. Took about 10 minutes just to get things aligned right for this one.

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Was it just as much fun installing this bolt?? - q20v October 18th 2013
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You can then remove this middle section of the dash. You will need to move the gear selector back to first gear. But before doing so, you want to disconnect the lighter. Reach in and play around until you find the one side of the connector that squeezes and pull hard.

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Disconnect the 2nd lighter for the passenger side and remove the metal clips hoding the wiring harness to the console, there are 4 metal clips. A big flat head and twisting it makes quick work of them.

Everythings free! pull the front of the console up and back over the gear selector! Do what ever it is you need to, such as wiring in your heated seats, see procedure Heated Seat Upgrade.

Goto to reinstallation for tips.

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Maybe the 683-step air filter change left a sour taste in your mouth?? :P - q20v October 30th 2013
I should have also mentioned that I enjoy disassembling this because I am still quite intimidated by the B6. - ripcurl October 26th 2013
I should have mentioned: 'proceed to heated seat upgrade from here' But I do enjoy disassembling this thing. - ripcurl October 26th 2013
I'm starting to wonder if he likes taking the car apart for fun - q20v October 26th 2013
This seems like a lot of work. What is the purpose of this mod again? - booneylander October 24th 2013
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