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Console strut replacement

Old 04-14-2019, 07:34 PM
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Console strut replacement

Does anyone know how to replace the center console armrest strut
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:02 AM
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As you open the bottom lid there are 2 holes right under the hinge that hide 2 torx screws. Take the screws out and you will be able to remove the cover behind the armrest lid. Now you have access to the strut, it is held by a pin with clip at one end and screwed into the other. I didn't want to pay the outrageous $72 at the dealer so I got the $8 generic and adapted it.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:45 AM
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Robertj99 , did you get your replaced? I replaced the worn out strut on mine and gafitanu instructions are correct. I think the part number is 2309800064 (230-980-00-64)

I ordered mine from and paid about $69 (you may be able to find it for less, or adapt a generic one as suggested by gafitanu).

One tip, once the cover behind the armrest is removed, the console lid can be opened up further. However, at first it didn't seem like it was opened far enough to relieve all the pressure on the strut. But I kept messing with the lid and eventually it opened even further (I can't remember if there was some release to get the lid to open far enough or maybe it just pulled open further), but eventually it did open far enough so I didn't have to compress the strut to remove/replace (went in easy after the lid was open far enough). Hope this makes sense.

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The MB p/n given above is correct.
The original strut is made by Stabilus.
Stabilus 6408PN 140N

Here’s some tips from a post I wrote earlier:
- unclip the pin that holds the strut at the eye (I made very sure the clip didn't fly away), the pin comes out easily
- the piston has a few mm's of travel left, so it will want to pop out either way- make it pop up, not down (easilly done)
- unscrew the end of the piston rod from the car's socket (I for me didn't know about this, took me so time to find out)


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Old 04-19-2019, 12:03 AM
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What? There is a strut for the center console armrest? And all this time I've been holding it open? I had no idea. Well, one more fix to add to my action register.
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I had no idea, either! I know what I'll be tearing apart this evening.
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