Step3: THE CENTER CONSOLE (LONG PROCESS):
Remove the plastic panel located underneath the AC controls. I apologize for the dark picture due to the shade…. You may remove this piece easily by inserting a finger into the gap you left when the glove box panel and the cluster cover was removed.
The panel is removed by pulling it towards you.
Now, we need to remove the AC control panel. Only clips are holding this piece. As such, just pull it toward you gently from one side at a time.
Pulled it out as shown above.
Disconnect the connector to remove the AC control panel.
Remove the leather panels on both sides of the center console by lifting straight up. The topmost area as circled will disengage. Only clips are used to hold this together.
Above picture showing leather side panels with clips removed.
Note when the side leather panel is being removed, you must first lift and then pull back on the front side as shown in the picture above. Please take extra care as the panel may break with extra force.
Now, we need to remove the center console.
Remove the center console by pulling up as it is only being held by clips. Not much power is needed. Using a tool such as the one above will make the removal process a lot easier.
Lift the center console and then unplug the connectors connected to the center console from the underside.
First disconnect these three connectors under the center console.
Then, disconnect the two harnesses in the front. Now, you may remove the center console.
Now, remove the shift **** by turning counter-clockwise to remove shift ****.
Shift **** removed as shown above.
Lift straight up as shown above in that area to disengage the clip.
Lift up as shown in the picture above.
As you did for the leather side panels, while lifting up this piece pull out to make sure the clips are straight when pulling out to avoid damage to the clips.
Keep the panels to the passenger’s seat side and cover areas with a towel to prevent damage to the center console pieces.