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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:51 am

I guess I should have started this from the beginning?

I have figured out a little different way to do this so I figured I would start it from the first thing that needs to be removed.
Aaron if you want to adjust/move these posts, feel free.
With these additional items there should be NO questions about removing and disassembling the console of our Rivieras well I hope anyway?

I will start by editing this post and go from here

The Service Manual reads as follows:

This would be the first step:



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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:07 pm

Awesome this helps alot. looking at the diagram it states to remove the shifter trim plate. how do i remove this.

The best i can tell is that the 4 screws on the trim under the armrest are attached to the same panel so those have to come out. but what about the rest of the shifter trim plate? is it just clipped in or are there more hidden screws?

With it in the way there are 2 screws i cannot remove.

Thanks abunch for the info you have already given!
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:21 pm

Next item to remove:

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:23 pm

Then remove this:


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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:24 pm

Then back to the original post:
Console (Buick)
Figure 44
Remove or Disconnect
1. Shifter trim plate, refer to procedure in this section.
2. Nuts (3), bolts (2).
3. Electrical connectors from console.
4. Console (5).

Install or Connect
1. Console (5) to vehicle.
2. Electrical connectors to console.
3. Nuts (3), bolts (2).
4. Shifter trim plate.

Pictured below:
There are 4 bolts (2) in red, 2 going into the front of the console, and 2 going into the bottom, near the shifter.

There are 2 nuts (3) in green, under the access cover near the rear of the console.



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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:56 pm

thanks alot! i believe i shouldnt have any trouble doing this tomorrow. i really appreciate the help.
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PostSubject: wood trim (gear shifter)   Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:30 pm

Anyone know how to remove the piece of wood trim that surrounds the gear shifter? and also how to remove the whole center console piece?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:18 pm

The wood trim itsself is glued to a metal plate which is secured to the top of the center consol with pushnuts. You have to remove the top piece of the center consol which is pretty easy, then remove the pushnuts un the bottom.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:09 am

Randall, thanks for all of the diagrams and info, this was really helpful!

For all reading this write-up, also reference Jack the R's write-up for wood dash install here:

http://rivperformance.editboard.com/interior-f20/write-up-bd-trims-wood-dash-kit-install-t1341.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:04 am

ok i seriously cannot find the clip to take the shifter knob off can anyone help me or put some pics on of where it is real pics instead of a diagram
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:17 am

As I recall, it's on the front side of lower handle grip, the side that faces your dash. May need a needle nose pliers to pull it? Pull your shifter all the way back and you should be able to get a good look at it.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:30 pm

98buickriv wrote:
ok i seriously cannot find the clip to take the shifter knob off can anyone help me or put some pics on of where it is real pics instead of a diagram

Slight delay but ... as requested:





I use a pocket screw driver to get the clip loose from the shifter knob, something very small because it is usually into the leather wrap pretty tight, then I use some plyers to finish the removal.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:45 pm

ohh thanx for the pics Randall,i myself knew where the goddamn clip is but never looked to see for myself now i know the exact location.Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:36 pm

I am trying to take the console out but I am having some screw problems. They keep turning but not rising. they just spin in place. Anyone have this problem? How do you get a screw out that won't rise!?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:20 pm

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I am trying to take the console out but I am having some screw problems. They keep turning but not rising. they just spin in place. Anyone have this problem? How do you get a screw out that won't rise!?

Try putting a magnet on the screwdriver. Try using pliers (needlenose maybe dep on screw) to grab it by the head and ease it out. Try a little wad of sticky-tak or strip-calk to stick to the screw head and pull it out. Try pulling back on the screw while turning if it's just the case that the speednut the screw is in has stripped from its mounting.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:31 pm

I wish i knew there was a clip their,i put mine in first gear and pulled that handle off,after words i was wondering where all the blood was coming from looked at my hand,o shit i cut my fingers right to the bone right across the seams.that sucked bad ever time i would open hand rip more blood I crazy glued them all better!!! rolleyes
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:00 pm

albertj wrote:
charlieRobinson wrote:
I am trying to take the console out but I am having some screw problems. They keep turning but not rising. they just spin in place. Anyone have this problem? How do you get a screw out that won't rise!?

Try putting a magnet on the screwdriver. Try using pliers (needlenose maybe dep on screw) to grab it by the head and ease it out. Try a little wad of sticky-tak or strip-calk to stick to the screw head and pull it out. Try pulling back on the screw while turning if it's just the case that the speednut the screw is in has stripped from its mounting.

Thanks for the reply and I wish it was that simple. They are still threaded in there. I have 3 on the top console hatch and 1 on the ashtray that WILL NOT RISE. puzzled

I got the top left one but the other 3 just spin in their threads without moving up. I've dealt with stripped screws but I have never seen a screw that does this! And 3 of them!?


Same thing is happening here.. Screw on the left of the ashtray came out like a good screw should, but the one on the right? It just spins! I push from the back of it, try to help it out, but it won't rise through the threading. I don't want to break the stupid thing but jeez. I dont even need an ash tray and I would like to get a 10" touch screen in there anyways. so the option of breaking the thing out isn't out of the question.

And here is all the treasure I found behind the cd holder thing. bank receipts from the guy I bought the car from.. I wish I had as much money in my account! and coupons from, what must have been the original owner, 1998.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:42 pm

Sounds like the head of the screw has detached from the rest. I would carfully try to drill into those screws and see if the heads will spin up onto the bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:59 pm

BMD wrote:
Sounds like the head of the screw has detached from the rest. I would carfully try to drill into those screws and see if the heads will spin up onto the bit.

good idea! I have been collecting tools for the last few years and I have the perfect bit to use for this. I will try again in the morning with the screw driver and try to macgyver it but if that doesn't cut it I will try the drill.

Also, the heads are still on the screws, they turn with pressure and don't turn freely
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:18 pm

Ok, so let me get this right. The screws holding the console down are:

2 under the 'secret' hatch in the armrest compartment and
4 under the shifter, which you have to pop the laminate wood off to get to?

is that correct?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:35 am

charlieRobinson wrote:
Ok, so let me get this right. The screws holding the console down are:

2 under the 'secret' hatch in the armrest compartment and
4 under the shifter, which you have to pop the laminate wood off to get to?

is that correct?
Probably too late to help you but that is almost correct, two at the front of the console and two near the shifter.

As stated in this post:
99Rivman wrote:
Then back to the original post:
Console (Buick)
Figure 44
Remove or Disconnect
1. Shifter trim plate, refer to procedure in this section.
2. Nuts (3), bolts (2).
3. Electrical connectors from console.
4. Console (5).

Install or Connect
1. Console (5) to vehicle.
2. Electrical connectors to console.
3. Nuts (3), bolts (2).
4. Shifter trim plate.

Pictured below:
There are 4 bolts (2) in red, 2 going into the front of the console, and 2 going into the bottom, near the shifter.

There are 2 nuts (3) in green, under the access cover near the rear of the console.



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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:13 pm

So my cup holder lid just dis-engaged and dropped back under the ashtray, so I am trying to remove the trim plate, but after removing the four screws, it still fees fastened down around the shifter and cup holder area. Are you just supposed to pull up on it at this point?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:08 pm

BMD wrote:
So my cup holder lid just dis-engaged and dropped back under the ashtray, so I am trying to remove the trim plate, but after removing the four screws, it still fees fastened down around the shifter and cup holder area. Are you just supposed to pull up on it at this point?
Late once again but yes, you just pull up on it.

There are four clips that hold it in, two at the front edge of the wood trim and two that are around the middle point of the trim.

The instruction are here:
99Rivman wrote:
Then remove this:


And, you can see where the clips go in this picture:



The clips are where the felt is at in the picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:10 pm

hey 97Riv-Jon... thanks for the EXPLODED view, i'm chasing down creaky squeaky noises, and this was a big help !
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Center Console Removal   Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:29 am

Well, I waaas thinking of adding a leather shifter boot from a regal to my shifter but I guess this whole surgery is required to do so?

More importantly, you suppose it'd even fit in there??

Bah...I'm going to fab up a retention ring to line the base of the leather boot I just pulled off of a regal so I can top-mount it in that first ledge of the shifter opening above the plated gear covers. This way it'll be less invasive and I won't have to disassemble the whole beast. Getting to the one in the regal today was more than enough of that fun for one lifetime.
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