Question about 1998 Ford Escort
How do you remove the center console to replace the shift light?
First, the bulb is a GE 158.
There are two screws near the back of the parking brake cover (one each side). Move the seats forward to remove them.
After removing the parking brake cover (helps to raise the parking brake), there are two screws at the back of the shift console.
Remove those two screws. Pull out the four 'serrated' push pins under the dash area holding the shift console (two each side). Then pull the cup holder up and out.
You should then be able to remove the shift console. One suggestion- if you need to move the shifter out of park, make sure your parking brake is on! There is a shift release you can depress with a small screwdriver under the little button/tab to the right of the shifter. (Can also be reached under the console with your finger after removing the cupholder.)
The bulb holder is on the driver's side. Only one I assume.
Posted on Oct 21, 2008
Here is what I could find, hope it helps.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
The following procedure is a general procedure for console removal. You may have to modify or skip certain steps depending upon your vehicle.
Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the retainers, unplug the connector, then remove the console door
Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of a typical console mounting
Posted on May 04, 2009
Remove upper console cover, remove console box carpet, remove parking brake hole cover assembly, then remove console to access light under shift assembly. Here is a picture, thanks.
Posted on Jan 27, 2010
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