Focus cars have a center console that includes two cup holders and, on some models, a fold-down armrest. It may be necessary to remove the center console to repair or replace it, or to access the mechanical components below it. Discover here how to remove the center console of a ford focus.
The Ford Focus is a small sports car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, introduced in North America in 2000. As of 2010, the Focus is still in production.
Steps to remove the center console of a Ford Focus
If you need to remove the center console of your car to repair or replace it, here are the steps to remove the center console of a Ford Focus:
- Lift the rubber inserts from the cup holders located on the front of the console and move them out of the way. Remove the small plastic trim on the front of the console with a flathead screwdriver and set it aside.
- Remove the three retaining bolts that are exposed after removing the inserts and cover, using a 10mm socket and ratchet, and set them aside.
- Locate the center armrest trim, located just behind the armrest hinge. Push the cover towards the back of the car and remove it. Remove the two armrest retaining screws that are exposed after removing the cover with a Philips screwdriver.
- Lift the armrest off the console and set it aside. Skip this step if your Focus does not have a center armrest.
- Run a plastic putty knife around the perimeter of the base of the shifter boot to separate it from the retaining clips on the console. Remove the gear shift knob by turning it counterclockwise. Pull the boot up and off of the shifter. Skip this step if your Focus has an automatic transmission.
- Proceed to raise the parking brake lever to its highest position.
- Lift the console straight up. Move the console, as necessary, to clear the shift lever and parking brake handle. Finally remove the console from the passenger compartment.
The center console can be reinstalled in the car by following the above procedure in reverse order.