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Did some cleaning today under the center console

Wow, the previous owners must have dumped a lot of coffees in this car.



Also, if youíve never removed the center console you may want to. There is a filter on the face of the blower for the rear and at first I thought it was a carpeted panel. A quick rinse and it was clean but WOW.












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Arggg, you would show me this and now I HAVE TO GET UNDER THERE!

How long did it take and how complicated was it to pull the center console? Lots of trim pieces to snap and plastic bits that break?
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After coming across Mr. techmechanic's post, I also now feel compelled to do the same thing to my 2009 MDX- I can only imagine what's potentially waiting for me to clean out in that area under the console?!!!

....frightening, but seems very necessary now
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what side is the blower motor access driver or passenger side??
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It is the passenger side. I took the seat out because Iím a glutton for punishment. Youíd have to take the side carpet and plastic panels off the passenger side. Which I believe will require the center trim piece to come out.

I just got my cans of Wurthís in so Iím going to blast the impeller behind that filter because it was all grimy as well.


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Also, be patient with the center trim piece. Iíve never wanted to punch an Acura engineer before I had to remove that.


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Correction, just remove the seat and carpet panel and you have access!



Going to hit the impeller with some Wurths before I put it all back together.




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Alright so Wurths didnít do much even spraying right onto the impeller. I was a little disappointed.

So I fashioned a brush out of a popsicle I had just eaten (the stick) and some pipe cleaners my daughter so graciously gave me that she had made a bubble wand out of. A little electrical tape and you have the perfect cleaning tool.



I was able to scrub the junk out of the veins of the impeller pretty good. After the Wurths had dried, it made the junk turn to a fine dust when the pipe cleaner ran over it. So I had my vac going aimed in the hole while I scrubbed each vein.



It isnít perfect BUT, it is 1000% better and I feel ok putting it back together.



This is super clean compared to the caked on mess it was before. The better the tool the better the clean. Perhaps a legit brush on a thin wire like the ones used to clean baby bottle tops, thin but bristly.

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Nice job and appreciate the pictures. How hard was it removing the seats? I might try to tackle this and put in some sound deadening mats on the floor panel while at it.
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Seats are cake. 4 bolts and a few plugs under each. Then pull the seat forward a little and turn it towards you. Dead lift out and watch the door panels and then the side of the car when youíre out.


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So Iím not exactly sure how the hell youíre supposed to remove the center trim piece. Iím pretty sure youíre supposed to remove the two plastic side pieces and the center trim together based on how the attachment points in the front point straight forward on both the plastic pieces and the trim.



I removed the trim separate from the plastic and broke some stuff. Learn from my mistake. Plus the trim wonít go back in with the plastic pieces on both sides because of the angle of the attachment points on the front side area. They are angled back!



As you can see I broke one I can glue it back though. Just sucks.

So remove the carpet panels from both sides, then there is a retainer screw on each side that has to come out, then a 10mm bolt on each side in the rear bottom that holds it to the frame.

Then pull the rear of each plastic panel towards you so they come loose and follow them up towards the front. Once loose grab it all and pull towards the back of the car and it should all come out as one piece.





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Nope, forgot about the damn cup holders. They attach to the passenger side plastic piece UNDER the center trim piece. Iím going to try and attach them but I doubt Iíll be able to fit both plastic pieces with cup holders and trim into place.

Hold my beer!


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This is how the cupholder frame attaches to the plastic piece on the passenger side. There is a screw that goes in the front and the back and there are three tabs that fit into the slots as you can see. However there are two more screws that mount the cup holder frame to the shifter panel which gets covered by the trim piece.



So Iím kinda stumped here because there is no way of getting the trim piece back in with the plastic panels already mounted.


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Thanks for the photos.

From your photos I think that I will be able to remove the passenger seat and the carpeted panel, in order to get to the screen and to the hamster wheel, to clean them.

Did you have any issues with the vertical sliding storage compartment located near the passenger's ankle area?
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Thanks for the photos.



From your photos I think that I will be able to remove the passenger seat and the carpeted panel, in order to get to the screen and to the hamster wheel, to clean them.



Did you have any issues with the vertical sliding storage compartment located near the passenger's ankle area?


Nope, in fact that was what helped me yank it out. Pull first from the front until it comes loose, then slide open the compartment and use it to help pull the middle towards you. The rest just pops out.


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