Center console stuck due to ashtray liner.2010 lexus. popped back of console off. expose a wire leading into back of console. Push plug which held the wire forward into console ,able to move tray and open console. breathe mint box the problem. Breath smells good again!!!!!!!!!!
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Pop out the ashtray. Remove the ashtray assembly (the housing). if you flip the ashtray over and look at the bottom you can see a small spot where a piece of plastic has broken off (this should be obvious). In the ashtray housing there is the latch mechanism with the broken "nipple" probably stuck inside of the mechanism. Get the plastic piece out and discard it. Reinstall the housing only.
Now, get a TINY ( I mean really small, like 4mm long and maybe 1/4-1/2mm diameter) screw handy. Drill a slightly smaller hole right through the ashtray where the piece of plastic was before it broke off. screw in the screw from the TOP of the ashtray so it only pokes out of the bottom 1.5 MMor so. Put the ashtray in. If it still doesn't "catch" screw the screw in a little further so it sticks out the bottom a little more. If it binds you've ******* the screw in too far so back it off. You get the drift.
This takes about 30 minutes. It's hard to explain but once you look at the bottom of the ashtray you'll understand the concept. Hope this helps somebody out there.
Try to use a good quality "Foam Cleaner" - don't use too much - ; it might be due to dust or dirt. Leave if for a few minutes, and then tap gently on the ashtray cover. Repeat the process if needed, then wipe clean. This may solve the problem, as I had a similar case two days back but with the ashtray of one of the rear doors on my 1999 XJ8.. and this solved it.. also I used same trick to make the top of the ashtray compartment in the center console opens more freely.
slide both seats all the way forward remove screws in sides of console if no screws on sides slide seats back and pull center from inside remove two bolts remove side skirt on each side screws under them remove ashtray center pocket screws under it also unplug wire connectors and remove
You can remove the dash fairly easily. There are a few screws (check by the peddles and open the doors and look there for screws). The rest of the dash just literally pops off. Once that is off you should be able to get to the ashtray/inside the dash to locate said item.
You must open the center console lid and remove the 2 Phillips head screws above the fuse station to expose the ashtray Phillips head screws.Remove the ashtray screws and carefully pull he ashtray back towards the center console. After the ashtray is removed take your hand an feel under the wood grain unit for the 2 plastic wing nuts holding the wood grain in place. Remove them and gently lift the wood grain up and out of the way. Remove the 4 Phillips head screws holding the AC controls and Radio bracket. Place the gear shifter in drive to pull the whole unit out. Sounds like a lot but takes about 10-15 mins to complete.
I have the exact same thing happen with my 03 silverado. I beat it open and then took out the plastic molded part the latch is in and noticed there's a little white plastic cylinder that fell out, but I don't know where it goes to fix it..... damm it....
Remove the cover on the center console. This is the large bezel that covers the center section of the dash. Radio must be removed first to expose 2 screws that secure it in place. It hooks at the top. Be carefull with the connectors for the console switch group.
Remove the 4 screws attaching the ashtray to the center console.
Press the ashtray housing over to the left and then remove it toward the right.
Disconnect the ashtray harness connector for the courtesy light.