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post #1 of 13 Old 08-12-2011, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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3rd Generation DIY Center Console removal 92-96 camry

TOOLS NEEDED:
-3/8's ratchet
-10mm socket
-12mm socket
-extension
-philips and flat head screw driver
-little pry bar and maybe a 90 deg needle nose ( both not mandatory tho)

EST TIME: 15 mins

I just purchased this 96 camry 5spd and as you can see how badly damaged the center console is.
Lucky for me i have a 92 camry xle auto im about about to junk.
I decided to share this with you guys since i didnt see this on the DIY list.


1st remove the shift cover. lift it up towards the rear and it will pop up. then remove the knob.
if you have an auto be careful with the electrical connector on the left side of it. just disconnect it when you lift it up.
2nd youll have 2 philip screws to remove.
3rd youll have (2) 12mm bolts in the center box and will need the extension for this.
4th now you can remove the rear part of the console, but be careful where it connects with the front part next to the shifter.
you got to lift it up and pull it towards the rear. Make sure you have the E-brake up.


Now remove these plastic philip plugs.


Now the Driver side.


i know it sux but you have to remove this whole section to get to
1 philp screw under it thats holding the center console from coming loose.


Remove the (4) 10mm bolts


Now remove the change draw that covers the fuse box and remove the 2 screws.


now the last screw and she's off


Now to the passenger side 1 screw on the bottom


use a pry bar or a flat head and pop it off. its held by a clip.


After that youll see 1 last screw.


Now you can remove the top half of the console but be careful with the light buld connector.
just simply pull it and it will disconnect.
Now would be the best time to change it if it is blown. both cars were :/
If you have AUTO just push the shift lock button and pull the shifter all the way back.


Now would be the best time for a bath


simply re install and your Done!

Now time for PAINT!


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Thanx for the tip, man. Just bought a 94se w/auto and my center console looks just like your old one. Now I've got no excuses.
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No problem. we all got to eventually do some time or another.

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Guess no one else found this useful.. or TN is dead now? hmm

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Well I thought it was a great thread and one I saved to the hard drive - maybe it was just for me - anyway it goes w/the one about taking apart the dash to get at the lights in speedometer cluster - another little project I need to attend to as the power button for the auto trans doesn't light up on the dash below the PRND cluster like it's supposed to ....... prolly everyone is on vacation.

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I'm going to need this one, my gf's center console is about as bad as your old one.

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Hey Project
So I'm finally trying to pull the center console rear box and I can't seem to be able to get to the two plugs that you pull to access the bolts inside the box. I noticed in your pictures that the holes where the plugs are, are really visible. In mine the felt covered bottom is very smooth and when I use my knife to probe for the plugs, the whole little floor moves but is locked in.
Mine's a 94 SE Auto, could they be that different? I noticed a small screw on either side toward the back, accessed from the back seat but they seem to hold to the top and bottom together, if that makes sense.
I didn't want to start forcing or breaking things w/out a little consultation 1st, if you have the time.
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I just needed to figure out how to remove the panel under the steering wheel. This is the only place I could find the hidden screws. Thanks for your help.

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Now if that will only work for my 1993 Toyota Corolla automatic. I've searched all over the internet. I CAN'T BELIEVE no one's parking gear has ever got stuck and that they didn't take apart the center console by themselves. I'm 98% sure that it is a cable or plastic that holds the cable. It wouldn't make any sense to be much of anything else. It would probably cost $20 for the part and a half hour time if I could get the panel off. But the repair shop wants $400 to fix it. I totally hate paying to be ripped off. But I feel like I'm paying out of desperation like they have you over a barrel and can charge you anything they want because they know that otherwise you can't drive it.

I guess that's what I deserve for not getting a Haynes repair manual. I'll never buy or drive a car again without a Haynes repair manual, ever.

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Well if you still have it: REPOST IT, as his original picture links have now rotted.
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The center console is relatively easy to remove. ... Just two bolts inside the box, and, as I recall, another two bolts forward towards the front of the console. ... The only thing to be careful about is when you pry the two lower ends of the front apart. Get something made of plastic and gently pry the two lower front pieces apart, so as to not cause damage and leave a hole or other mark.

If your parking gear is stuck, then you will see a ratchet gear, which is a part of the parking brake lever assembly, and which has dried grease on it. Take some solvent, clean the old grease off, and get the ratchet to swing freely. Then take some fresh silicone grease, and grease the ratchet pin, and also the ratchet teeth ... so that it is lubricated and falls of its own accord.

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54k miles, drop in K&N A/F, ... timing belt, water pump, NSS
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