Acura mini-itx project reborn

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Acura ITX Car Computer, general information, installation overview
Published on 11/18/05 @ 10:36:00 am using 3279 words, and has 58571 views

Now for removing the front console area...

Removing the front consoleRemoving the front console: Popping out the gearshift trim (photo #27)

The front console is another piece which needs to be addressed in sequence. The first step is to pick up the Leatherman, with its duct tape shielding, and gently pry up the trim around the perimeter of the gear shift. It comes up pretty easily, but if you do have trouble, you can feel around underneath it. There are two little clips which, while they won't completely release it, they will allow you to lift it up about 3/16ths. It's enough of a gap to slip the screwdriver underneath. Carefully work your way around the entire edge of the trim. I started at about the 3 o'clock position, and by the time I had reached the 8 o'clock position the trim was able to be pulled away.

Removing the front consoleRemoving the front console: Removing the driver's side seat heater module (photo #28)

The next step is to disconnect the driver's side seat heater module. This proved to be a little more difficult than it appeared at first, as there isn't a lot of room to work. There is a hidden pressure point to the inside of the module, against the yellow-white plastic visible in the photo (photo #28). Unfortunately, I couldn't come close to slipping my finger behind it to release it, and didn't want to risk damaging it by prying it open with the Leatherman. (position #1).

Removing the front console

Removing the front console: Removing the driver's side seat heater module (photo #29)

So instead, I released the main pressure clip holding it in place (photo #28 position #2) and gently pushed the whole module upward, until I could pull it through the top. From there it was a simple matter to apply pressure to the clip (photo #29) and disconnect the rocker switch module.

Removing the front console

Removing the front console: Removing the storage compartment back wall (photo #31)

The next step requires popping out the back wall of the center cubby hole. It's the little storage area that isn't really good for much, directly beneath the "Not an Ashtray" tray. You should be able to see the guts of the dashboard along the top of the cubbyhole. Just get a good grip on it and pop it out. It doesn't require much pressure at all.

Removing the front console

Removing the front console: Removing passenger's side seat heater module (photo #33)

Next we'll tackle the passenger's side seat heater module. This one appears easy in the beginning, but proves to be a little tricky... Begin by releasing the pressure clip (photo #33), this time on the outside and easy to reach, and disconnect the power block from the rocker switch module. Then, push the module part of the way up into the cubby area above it.

Removing the front consoleRemoving the front console: Removing passenger's side seat heater module (photo #35)

Right here is when I thought I was pretty much done, but it took the next 5 minutes to push the module up into the cubby area. For some reason, it's just not the exact size as the driver's side, and can't be easily maneuvered. Since I had to remove the base of the cubby area anyway, I pushed up on it from underneath, giving me enough room to slip the Leatherman in, and carefully pried up the whole base (photo #35). However, with the rocker module still in place, the base of the cubby will not come out. It took a few minutes of moving a little this way, and a little that way, and the module finally popped out.

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