2005-2014 S197 Center Console Removal

Created by Jay Walling / 7 min read
Date Created: 2/21/2023
Last Updated: 2/21/2023

Whether you are cleaning out your car or getting to a more intricate interior spot, knowing how to remove your 2005-2014 center console can help!

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2005-2014 S197 Center Console Removal

From time to time, removal of the center console is needed for your 05-14 S197 Mustang. Whether installing a new floor carpet, general cleaning, or even floor pan repairs, knowledge of removing this center console is needed. Most of these steps are shared between 2005-2009 and 2010-2014 models. We will walk you through these year model differences in the article below.

Tools Needed

  • Trim Removal Set
  • Phillips Head Screwdrivers
  • Cleaning Supplies (Microfiber Towels, All-Purpose Cleaner, Vacuum)
  • 1/4" Drive Ratchet, Socket Set, and Extensions

  • Torque Specs

  • All console hardware needs to be finger tight (Approx. 15-20 in/lb)

  • 2005-2009 Removal Steps

    • To begin, for automatic cars, gently pry up on the shifter bezel with a non-marring tool to remove it.

    • For manual equipped cars, remove the shifter boot from the console and then rotate the shift knob counter-clockwise to remove it.

    • Open the center console and remove the two rear Phillips head screws.

    • Separate the upper section of the console, starting in the back.

    • At the front, grab one side at a time to release the two clips.

    • Now, you can fully remove the upper section.

    • Remove the passenger side dash trim by pulling rearward to remove the clips. Do the same for the driver side trim.

    • Remove the felt liner from the bottom of the console.

    • Loosen and remove the two 10mm nuts.

    • Loosen and remove the two 7mm screws at the front of the console.

    • From within the center opening of the console, disconnect the electrical connections.

    • Lift the lower section over the e-brake handle, and it can be set aside.

    • To reinstall the console, reverse the removal steps.

    2010-2014 Removal Steps

    • Start by engaging the parking brake.

    • For manual equipped cars, rotate the shift knob counterclockwise to remove it. Remove any additional retainers or jam nuts if you have an aftermarket shifter like we do.

    • For automatic cars, put the gear selector lever in neutral.

    • Gently pry up on the shifter bezel with a non-marring tool to remove it.

    • Open the center lid on the center compartment.

    • Pull up on the upper console section to dislodge the clips.

    • Disconnect the traction/hazard/trunk switch electrical connector.

    • Disconnect the two ambient light electrical connectors if equipped.

    • Remove the parking brake boot from the lower section by lifting up to release the tabs.

    • Disconnect the power point and audio jack electrical connectors.

    • If equipped, disconnect the USB electrical connector.

    • Pull outward on the console side panels to release the retaining clips.

    • Loosen and remove the two 7mm screws at the front of the console

    • Remove the mat from within the center compartment if it’s still in place. Loosen and remove the two 10mm nuts.

    • Lift the console up and position the parking brake boot through the opening.

    • Tilt the rear of the console up to remove it fully.

    • To reinstall the console, simply reverse the removal steps.


    Alright, folks! I hope this article helped you understand the console removal process for all 2005-2014 S197 Mustangs.! For all things 2005 to 2014 Mustang, keep it right here with the real enthusiasts,!

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    Published on 2022-11-21
    In this video, Landan explains the simple process of removing the center console in a 2005-2014 S197 Mustang.
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