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Thread: Center Console Removal - Accumulator Access

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHO1DMC View Post
    Well
    That tray has to come out there are two nuts holding the console on under there. It might become attached to something so if you removed the two screws take a hair dryer or heat gun and warm it up. Because it should just lift right out. Had mine out this spring.

    Dave B.
    Brilliant, thanks Dave.

    I was under the car last night and the accumulator has been bypassed! - it's not in there! It currently sits in the box of bits that came with the car - so it looks like I need a new accumulator - so much money for just a small component.

    I don't know if anybody else has come across the accumulator being by passed?

    Spud
    Currently resurrecting Vin # 11789 - the last of the batch of 50 exported to the Middle East. She's looking a bit sad !

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    Removing the console tray most certainly WILL allow you to access the hard lines - I'm guessing this is a little known fact about the car. This cutout helped me greatly save time compared to removal or line work when I did not know about this access. I only learned about this cutout when changing frames-I was cleaning the underbody and I saw it cut out on the underbody as posted below. I thought to myself, damn, I wish I knew about this sooner! This gives you access to the two long holes in the top of the frame, as you can see in your pictures by the bottles of water. You can also see the cover in your picture of the fiberglass-console removed, under the single black plastic line - not sure if that is vac or throttle cable. You can access the lines, break the connections and not kink anything, all without feeling like you're delivering a baby from under the car. You'll still need to go under to unbolt the accumulator, etc. Just remove the tray, pry the access cover up with a screwdriver and seal it back down once work is complete.





    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    Removing the centre console will not help you access the fuel accumulator. There is fiberglass and steel (frame) in the way from above. You access it from underneath. The opening is just in front of the automatic transmission fluid pan. That opening is about the size of a DVD case and you are trying to work on something the size of a pop can. This job sucks the big one like few others (IMO).

    See pics:

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    -----Dan B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dn010 View Post
    Removing the console tray most certainly WILL allow you to access the hard lines - I'm guessing this is a little known fact about the car. This cutout helped me greatly save time compared to removal or line work when I did not know about this access. I only learned about this cutout when changing frames-I was cleaning the underbody and I saw it cut out on the underbody as posted below. I thought to myself, damn, I wish I knew about this sooner! This gives you access to the two long holes in the top of the frame, as you can see in your pictures by the bottles of water. You can also see the cover in your picture of the fiberglass-console removed, under the single black plastic line - not sure if that is vac or throttle cable. You can access the lines, break the connections and not kink anything, all without feeling like you're delivering a baby from under the car. You'll still need to go under to unbolt the accumulator, etc. Just remove the tray, pry the access cover up with a screwdriver and seal it back down once work is complete.

    Thanks for explaining that Dan. I didn't realize there was some practical access to the fuel accumulator from above. I had assumed since it wasn't enough to get the accumulator in and out through that hole, it wasn't important. I'm glad you chimed in about how to hold on to the hardlines from above, as that is important. I stand corrected. Thanks.
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    I'm learning guys I'm learning!!

    Thanks ever so much for the contributions to this thread - and at least it's clear that other owners were unaware of this fact?

    On a completely separate issue, I was researching mirror repairs on the net and there was nothing I could see on my particular aspect
    - so if you haven't seen it go here

    http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?15...with-pictures)
    Currently resurrecting Vin # 11789 - the last of the batch of 50 exported to the Middle East. She's looking a bit sad !

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    For completeness, in case people are searching for the console removal process it's as follows:-

    • It is held down by 6 bolts.
    • 2 are at he back of the console and are accessed via removal of the coin tray
    • Mine is automatic, and the other 4 bolts are located under the shift plate.
    • remove the auto stick and shift plate
    • Under the shift plate, remove the four bolts, which attach to 2 metal brackets, riveted either side of the console.
    • note that the 2 main wiring looms run within the above 2 metal brackets, be careful when you raise the console up, and just ease them off the brackets
    • raise the console up slightly, and peep underneath - there are many connectors to the switches cigar lighter etc. take pictures and tag them
    • my centre console had some internal damage to the section that mounts the cigar lighter - it's a central (cardboard?) brace that adds rigidity to the whole structure.
    • I made a bracket out of aluminium, made a cut out for the cigar lighter in the aluminium and used gorilla glue to glue it in place - also gluing the bracket that is pop riveted in place onto the cardboard
    • I refitted it (temporarily last night and the console is 10 x better.



    When I get home tonight I'll try and post some pics.
    Currently resurrecting Vin # 11789 - the last of the batch of 50 exported to the Middle East. She's looking a bit sad !

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