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Old 03-15-2010, 05:47 AM   #1
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Arm rest removal prior to centre console

I've seen a number of posts here that describe how to remove the centre console. On all I've seen they show pulling the centre console up and over the arm rest. Whilst this can be done, it damages the leather on the arm rest, and also the paint on the underside.

The arm rest is designed to be removed prior to pulling off the centre console so it doesn't get damaged. Below are instructions on how to do this. It's more effort (a couple of minutes extra), but stops you damaging the arm rest.

Note the photos have been taken with the arm rest and centre console out of the car (and screwed back together again like they are in the car), so you can see more easily what I'm describing.

How to do it:

1. As normal, remove the rear ashtray, the expansion rivets below, and then the ash tray housing.

2. Remove the two screws below, and then the housing that has the covers that go over the arm rest pivot.


3. Get some pliers and remove the springs on either side. They are easy to remove and reinstall later.


4. Lift the arm rest up, and then get a tool that will allow you to pull out the cover on the inside. It just pulls straight out.


5. Get a small screwdriver and push in the two tabs.


6. Pull out the barrels at each end.


7. Lower the arm rest, and press the normal release button to separate both halves, and you can pull off the top part which has the leather cover.


8. Remove each of the semi circular clips on each end.


9. Now you can remove the bottom, and the center console comes off really easily.


10. Finally, you can see from the photo the parking brake boot is just connected using a zip tie. Very easy to just cut this off and remove the boot completely. Stops having to feed the boot through the hole in the center console and consequent damage.


Obviously installation is the reverse.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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sweet!

I just did this as well over the weekend...but the pictures I did not have.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=748066

I used a video:

Your pics are excellent and 100% backs me up when I tell people they DO NOT have to remove the entire console to change out the armrest upper lid/cup part.

PART ONE: Taking it apart


PART TWO: Putting it back together
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:49 PM   #3
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Bump. Gotta order a new cover

Good job you guys
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:56 PM   #4
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Bump. Gotta order a new cover

Good job you guys
wow a 20 minute bump!
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:05 PM   #5
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Wonder how many jacked up console covers are out there?
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:23 AM   #6
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mines are jacked and so are all my buddies with e46. such a shame everything oem inside a e46 is tender. gonna remove the rubbish coating on my console, fine wet sand then spray matte clear coat on it this weekend. i've seen the finish, looks awesome and saves you $
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:48 PM   #7
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I just replaced my whole center console with a brand new one because the old one was peeling a little on the corner and it wasn't fitting with my theme of a perfect interior Anyway, I was all ready to tackle this to remove the center console but then I realized the piece slips off over the center console super easy and wasn't even close to rubbing or messing anything up if you do it right.. no need to do this.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:29 PM   #8
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Works Great !!!! Thanks so much for this write up. I did not need to remove my whole console just the arm rest portion to repair the broken outer ring ( JB Plastic Weld ). This made the job easy. Thanks again !!
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