Back to the SAABmarine. I'm going to put sound deadener under the carpet and behind the door panels and put a new stereo in, but I can't find the time to do much work on it. So it's moving in fits and starts.
I took the driver's seat out, and of course it needs the same repairs that the passenger seat needs. The seat is in The Dungeon waiting to be worked on.
In the meantime, I took out the center console and the center bin in preparation for the sound deadening treatment.
First remove the rear ashtray and take out the two screws in the back end (hee hee) of the console.
I say 'probably' because I'm not 100% sure just yet. But I'm prepared.
Take out the ashtray and you'll find four Torx screws holding the ashtray bracket in place.
Don't misplace the screws! I'm putting these in the ashtray - seems like the logical place. If you put them on the floor of the car, they may get lost. I try to keep related fasteners with the parts they go to.
I'm going to replace this bulb with an LED when I put it all back together - whenever that is!
If you have a convertible, you'll have a switch here for the top. When you pull the bin assembly out, you'll need to unplug the connector from the back of the switch.
With the 2 screws at the bottom removed, and the two lower bin screws out, you'll have enough clearance to pull the top of the bin/console out from under the dash...
A word of warning: be careful with the two lower 'tabs' where the gold-colored Torx screws were holding the bottom on. The tabs are thin plastic and will snap off easily if you're not careful. One of the tabs on my other car is broken.
I got this one off with no problems.
Now you can see the carpet-covered trim piece - it will just slide out easily.
Next, we'll remove the lower dash pad.