When it comes to auto body repair, you should also consider the inside of your vehicle. A common thing to get repaired is your center console. You probably use that center console a lot, and it takes a lot of abuse. If it feels loose, it might need some basic repairs. Here are some simple tips for repairing damage to it.
Remove the Broken Hinge
The first thing you need to do when you have a center console that needs to be fixed is by removing the broken hinge. This is likely why the center console has become loose in the first place. The hinge is usually broken on the inside of the console and is held in place by screws. Get out you screwdriver, open the console to find the hinge, and remove it. In most cases, the hinge screws will require a Philips-head screwdriver.
Separate the Console Lid and the Base
With the hinge off, you will be able to separate the base of the center console from the lid. Remove the lid once the hinge is removed so you can access the bottom portion of the console. The bottom part of the console is most likely the section that has a broken piece, so it will need to be removed and replaced. Once again, a Philips-head screwdriver should be all you need to remove this part of the console. You might need to remove the armrest or at least move it out of the way to be able to remove the center console. Some vehicles are built with the armrest connected to the center console to secure it better. Once you pry away the base of the console, dispose of it and grab the new one.
Install the New Console Base
Now that the old broken part of the console is removed, you can install the new one. Place the base of the new piece of console back into place and secure the armrests if you had to remove them in order to get out the old console. Once that is done, screw the base back into place. When you are sure it is positioned correctly and secure, place the lid back on the console and reattach the hinges. Test the lid once you do this to make sure it opens and closes properly. If it is misaligned or there is a gap when closing it, you will need to reposition the hinge. For further assistance, contact a local auto body shop, such as Freeway Auto Body Ltd.