Re: Help! 2002 F350 overhead console latch
Well, after calling the DEALER, I was told that the entire overhead console
was within just a few bucks of the compartment door by itself. No kidding,
like 5 dollars more. 86.00 or so, total.
Thats what I bought, and was also told it "snaps" right out from clips that
hold it. First though, I thought I'd just try replacing the door and keep
the rest as spares. When I tried to remove only the old already-broken
door, the hinges (on the console) broke, which told me I had to replace the
entire overhead console. Like you, I struggled to get it "popped" loose,
and broke one of the clips (on the console) in the process so now I have no
spare of anything.
The installation was another trick. Although there is a "centering" post on
the console that goes into the base that's already in the overhead, to line
up the clips, they do not just "pop" in. I couldn't press hard enough to
get the clips to seat. With so much already having broken, and the steep
price for this stuff, I was hesitant to apply too much force. Finally in a
leap of faith, I used a closed fist as a hammer, and the clips seated
themselves one at a time as I struck the area of each one. I'd be afraid to
remove the console again for fear of breaking the clips - then having to
buy another new console. For now...........all is well.
"The OTHER Kevin in San Diego" <skiddz "AT" adelphia "DOT" net> wrote in
> On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 05:56:49 GMT, "Rudy" <NoSpam@no-onehome.net>
>>I have an 02 F350 C/C Lariat LWB
>>Same 2 "hatches"
>>Someone here already had the same problem..complained how much the lil
>>"door" cost @ the Ford dealer.
>>The "door" only is available.
>>I'd call around first and see if I could get one from a "wrecker" for half
>>price or so.
> I have same truck and the same issue (and then some) I first broke the
> sunglass door and bought a replacement. Never put it in 'cuz I
> couldn't figure out how the %&^%&^ to remove the overhead console.
> Dealer said "Oh it just snaps right in." Yeah, right. Only if the
> laws of physics are severaly mangled. Stashed the door and put it on
> my "get around to it" list.
> A couple months back, the other door literally shattered so I decided
> to see if I could get the console out.. Didn't see any screws, clips
> or anything so called the dealer who was kind enough to fax me over a
> VERY poor drawing of the assembly. Worthless as far as determining
> how the hell the thing came off..
> Finally I managed to get a couple fingers under the upper edge and
> felt around a bit to see if i could figure it out. As I was fiddling,
> one corner suddenly popped loose and I could see WTF was going on..
> The console has 4 flat "fingers" that slide into slots fitted with
> these odd "one way" clips. Poor ASCII pic below"
> / || \
> / || \
> Easy to press in, but a bitch to get out. I did manage to finally get
> the console down, but broke two of the "fingers" in the process. I
> haven't found any type of glue that'll keep 'em together so I've
> resigned myself to buying a new overhead and the garage door opener
> door and finally putting the whole mess back together..
> The sunglass door was like $75 and I've yet to get a price on the
> console and the garage door opener door, but it's probably going to be
> just as steep. Gonna look for a "gently used" unit before I go brand