How to Remove the Console in a Lexus RX330

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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Unlike the centre console in many vehicles, the Lexus RX330's does not wrap around the gear lever knob, which makes the process of removing it a bit easier than in others. The RX330 was manufactured from 2004 to 2006. It replaced the Lexus RX300, a very similar vehicle. The centre console has a storage compartment, a cup holder and an audio jack connection. With a couple of household tools, you can remove the SUV's centre console in about 15 minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Trim stick or flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Adjust the front seats to move them all the way forward. Sit in the RX330's rear seat to access the centre console with ease.

  2. 2

    Push the cup holder panel on the centre console to open the cup holder door. Grasp the release handle inside the cup holder and pull the sliding part of the console rearward.

  3. 3

    Push the "Open" button on the centre console to open the primary storage compartment. Lift the compartment liner up to view two Phillips screws. Remove them and save the screws to reinstall the console.

  4. 4

    Examine the sides of the centre console. Each side is covered by a large panel. Pry off each panel with a trim stick or flathead screwdriver. Set the panels to the side.

  5. 5

    Remove the six bolts from the centre console with a ratchet. There are three bolts on each side. These will be visible when the side panels are removed.

  6. 6

    Lift the console up and pull it rearward to unhook it. Underneath, you'll find a large wiring harness. Unplug it to separate the console.

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