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Old 05-06-2011, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Center console removal / Shift lock solenoid (MY05)

Hi All,

I was attempting to replace shift lock solenoid in my Forester MY05 (auto) but I stuck and need some assistance/advice.

I removed plastic cover around shifter area and I can see shift lock solenoid cover. I removed pin from solenoid's cover but it looks like it is impossible to remove solenoid without removing whole center console.

This is where I stuck. I loosened two bolts that hold console at front and I see two bolts in storage box of armrest. It also looks like center console has 2 parts, upper and lower + additional plastic cover around base of shifter area. I can see that leather cover around ebrake can be unclipped.

I tried to find clear instruction on how to remove center console but failed to find it for my MY05. My understanding is that different year model have different consoles.

If you removed center console in your forester, could you please tell how to do it? Is that possible to remove only upper part of console?












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Old 05-06-2011, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Replaced shift lock solenoid, that was real PITA! I loosened all bolts I could see and partially unclipper upper part of console. Could not figure out how to remove it completely but as I made it loose I had some room to remove solenoid. Another problem was reconnecting wires from new solenoid to existing harness. But it is all done now ... Shift lock works fine.
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