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Cannot open top drawer in center console

I think that the ashtray liner is stuck and preventing the drawer from opening. Can I take the center console apart?

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A guy at Lexus helped. The console pops up and then there are two screws to undo. Took him about 5 minutes.

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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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