GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Front Console

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1985-92

See Figures 1 and 2

The consoles on these models are simply removed by detaching the mounting screws. On the Nova models, many of these screws are concealed by plastic covers which may be popped off with a small screwdriver or similar tool. The consoles can be lifted over the shifter handle and removed from the car. Be very careful not to lose any small parts between the floor pan and carpet while the console is out.

Once the console is removed, take an extra moment to clean it thoroughly and apply a vinyl protectant. You can now get all the crevices that have been blocked by the seats and hidden by the carpet. When the console is reinstalled, make sure that any wires in the area are not pinched by the console or pierced by the mounting screws.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Console components - Nova



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Fig. Fig. 2: Console (left) and console with cassette box - 1989-90 Prizm

1993

See Figure 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the ashtray from the ashtray guide by depressing the spring loaded tab and pulling rearward.
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  5. Remove the center console trim bezel from the center console by prying with flat bladed screwdriver to release 6 clips.
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  7. Remove the cigar lighter, rear defogger switch and hazard switch electrical connectors.
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  9. Remove the cigar lighter and ashtray illumination bulbs from the center console trim bezel and remove bezel from the vehicle.
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  11. Remove the 4 screws and radio from the center console.
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  13. Remove the antenna, radio electrical connector and radio from the vehicle.
  14.  
  15. Remove the 3 bolts from the glove box assembly.
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  17. Remove 3 screws and 2 bolts from inside of the glove box and glove box assembly from the vehicle.
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  19. Remove the cover plates from knee bolster to gain access to bolts.
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  21. Remove 4 bolts and 2 screws from knee bolster.
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  23. Remove hood release cable and knee bolster from the vehicle.
  24.  
  25. Remove 2 screws securing the center console to rear center console.
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  27. Remove gear shift control lever upper boot from the center console (manual transaxle equipped vehicles).
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  29. Remove the center console lower tray by prying gently with a flat screwdriver (automatic transaxle equipped vehicles).
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  31. Remove 3 screws from rear tray of rear center console after removing felt liner (or arm rest/storage compartment if equipped) from tray. Raise the parking brake lever and lift the rear center console from the vehicle.
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  33. Remove the 2 screws and the center console from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the center console to the vehicle; secure with 2 screws.
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  3. Install the rear center console to the vehicle, sliding down over the parking brake lever; secure with 3 screws in rear tray and 2 rear center console-to-center console screws.
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  5. Install felt liner (or arm rest/storage compartment, if equipped) to rear tray of rear center console.
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  7. Install the center console lower tray to center console (automatic transaxle equipped vehicles).
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  9. Install gear shift control lever upper boot to center console (manual transaxle equipped vehicles).
  10.  
  11. Install knee bolster to the vehicle, connecting hood release lever, secure with 4 bolts and 2 screws. Tighten the knee bolster bolts to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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  13. Install cover plates to knee bolster over bolt head.
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  15. Install glove box assembly to the vehicle; secure with 3 screws and 2 bolts. Tighten the glove box assembly bolts to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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  17. Install 3 bolts to glove box assembly. Tighten glove box assembly bolts to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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  19. Install radio to the vehicle, attaching antenna and electrical connector; secure with 4 screws.
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  21. Install cigar lighter and ashtray illumination bulbs.
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  23. Install cigar lighter, rear defogger switch and hazard switch electrical connectors. Press center console trim bezel into center console until clips engage. Slide ashtray into ashtray guide until spring loaded tab engages.
  24.  
  25. Install negative (-) battery cable. Tighten negative (-) battery cable-to-negative (-) battery terminal retainer to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 3: Center console trim bezel clips - 1993 Prizm

 
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