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Mav 3000
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   17th May 04 at 12:27   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I tried removing my centre console the other day but only got halfway before I got scared and ut it back.

The problems I had were that the console itself didn't seem to lift away very easily. I know there are witres connected to the back but I encountered a lot of resistance early on and didn't want to pull anything I shouuldn't.

The second problem was I have Air Con and know the Air Con knob is there to stay.

Can I remove the centre console leaving all three dials in place and not removing them, or do that have to come off?

How do you disconnect the centre console from the connectors behind it?

Thanks,

[Edited on 19-05-2004 by Mav 3000]
welshdude
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17th May 04 at 12:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I took out the centre console on my GLS (non air con) was one of the worst jobs ive ever done. Id recommend that no one try it as it took almost 5 hours to change the bulbs that light up the heater panel!! But if you do want to take it out ask a friend to help you cuz some of the clips are very awkward to re-clip when your trying to put it all back together
welshdude
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17th May 04 at 12:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

What made it even worse was that one of the bulbs was slightly loose so when i went over a bump, the hard suspension made the light turn off. So now only half of the heater panel lights up. No way am I spending another 5 hours trying to make it light up again
Adam-D
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17th May 04 at 13:04   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

two words

big hammer.
G.C.M
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17th May 04 at 14:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I took all my console out to colour code it, i was pretty naive at the time and so went canny gung ho at it!

Air con knob pulls off with minimal force (try not to use a lot or it can smash the little clip) (cos i did!)
The middle knob - pull it out and you will see a little gap in the botom middle, push a small scredriver up and it will pop right off,
Same for the right hand knob as the air con one.

once you have taken out the 4 screws from behind the air vents and removed the 2 screws from the air circulation swith, take the very top cover off and move it out the way so its not bothering you.

Pull the console forward, its not gonna come very far like!,
the heater vents can be pushed back and become seperate from the console

Get a long thin flathead screwdriver and clip off the wires that are connected to the back of the unit, heater, air con etc, the unit should come out now and you can seperate the bits once out,

Be warned though, its a real pain to get back on, so choose a day when you feel relatively calm and chilled.

Hope this helps

[Edited on 17-05-2004 by G.C.M]
Mav 3000
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17th May 04 at 15:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks guys
Mav 3000
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17th May 04 at 17:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Can you run the car without the centre console in?
peter_1.2
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17th May 04 at 18:03   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yep u can run car wid out it on.
Mav 3000
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17th May 04 at 18:54   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Can anyone else confirm to me that the air con knob just 'pops off with a gentle force'?

cos I need to be 100%
Greg_M
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17th May 04 at 19:15   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

you can take the center consol out without taking any of the knobs off.
Mav 3000
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17th May 04 at 19:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks Greg. Does that include Air Con as well?
Mo
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17th May 04 at 19:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

if your changing the bulbs that go around the heater knobs then u have to take the knobs off.

there is a guide for this that i wrote
Mo
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17th May 04 at 19:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

http://www.corsasport.co.uk/board/viewthread.php?tid=102379
Mav 3000
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18th May 04 at 12:31   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks Mo - Think I'll 'go blue' while I'm in there
AdiSRI
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18th May 04 at 14:03   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

are u trying to change the bulbs?

I need to do this aswell but it took me ages lat time so i cant be bothered.

However dash needs to come out soon, so ill do it then methinks..
Mav 3000
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18th May 04 at 16:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Well

This weekend gone I finished spraying my air circulation slide ad like the results - got it quite shiny and smooth. I have always wanted the main bit silver too but 'cos its so tricky to get out I jept putting it off and putting off etc.

Few weekends ago I tried getting the console out but gave up, but now want to try again.

I figure while I'm sanding the damn thing down I may as well get some blue LEDs in there to finish it off properly. I live silver and blue together.

I'll try PMing Cobra on Migweb to see if he's still about.
5doormodder
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Yeah, i also wanna take mine out to sprey and ive got some blue led's to install in them too.....but i kno w its gonna be a fucking nightmare so ive put if off for ages now aswell...lol
Mav 3000
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18th May 04 at 20:02   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Where did you get your blue LEDs from? Are they plug and play?

If anyone knows where I can get them let me know Can't see Cobra 148 on here very much.
Kris TD
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18th May 04 at 22:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Mav 3000
Can you run the car without the centre console in?


my bro is running his without half a dash at the mo, lol.
its clipped in like a bitch, aircon heater control removes easily, same as for the rear screen one.
Mav 3000
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19th May 04 at 11:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks for that Kris. Its given me a little more confidence about doing it wihtout being against the clock and knowing the Air Con will budge.

Only question now is...

I want to replace the bulbs in the MFD (Which I know has two) but how many LEDs will I need to do the rest of the centre console - not including the Air Con and Heater Knobs.

Please could you let me know so I can get them ordered ASAP.

Thanks,
welshdude
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19th May 04 at 14:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

There are 2 bubls in the centre console
Mav 3000
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19th May 04 at 16:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks welshdude - so thats 4 in total then

Cheers.
Mav 3000
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26th May 04 at 18:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I've ordered some plug and play LEDs for this, whcih should be here tomorrow.

Just got two questions:

1) How exactly can I get the two exisitng bulbs out? simply by pulling them?

2) How do I fit the 'plug and play' LEDs in there in their place? Just push them in and hope??

Thanks
LukeGSi
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26th May 04 at 18:28   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

1. yes pull them
2. yes push them

Mav 3000
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26th May 04 at 19:11   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks Luke - Couldn't ask for more than that

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