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My console the leather is cracking in the center and the light where the direction went out

The center console where you open it up and put stuff in it and where the 6 cd changer is located in the middle of the 2 front seats has started to tear. The leather on top of it the leather has broken and tearing bad. Can I get a new top to go on it or how would i fix this? Also in the middle at the top of the car where the North South East West and also where temperature shows up the light has gone out on this. How would i fix this ? Its a 99 ford explorer eddie bauer edition.

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There is no good repair for those console lids.
You can either try the dealer for a repacement, or a wrecking yard, or you might want to do an online search for a replacement.

Your compass/temp unit could have gone bad, here again, replacement is the answer. But you should check the power going to it first, to make sure it isn't a blown fuse or a cut wire going to it. To test for power, take the unit down, and using a 12v circuit tester, check the power leads going to i (both the + and the - leads)

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