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Old 12-15-2003, 01:46 PM
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E320 Cup Holder Door Broken

I would appreciate some advice. The center consol cup holder door will not stay closed. And it makes a "scraping" sound as it nears the bottom of it's swing. Is there an easy way to fix this? Must I remove the center consol to get at the mechanism? If so, how do I remove it? Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:58 PM
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Push the cupholder down to it's lower position so it latches. On the rear of the cupholder compartment, you'll see an oval or "racetrack" shaped hole. Insert your finger into that and pull that section upwards and the cupholder will unsnap from it's housing. You don't need to disassemble the console just to pull out the cupholder.
The cupholder assembly is available as a replacement part, they are around $40 i think.

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ps I see you are also a K bike owner, I have an 87 K75S
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:05 PM
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Gilly - Thanks for the suggestion. However, my problem is with the door that covers the cup holder area. Normally, when you push the top of it (the door), it swings open and you can deploy the cup holder by pushing the button. But the door won't latch and scrapes when it gets close to the bottom of the swing, so it is always open. Must I remove the console to get at the mechanism controlling the pneumatic door? Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:17 PM
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Sorry for the mistake.
Yes, i have replaced some of those also, and yes the console does need to come out to remove that piece. Once the console it out it's pretty easy, and actually removing the console isn't that bad either, and allows you good access to detail everything.
The mechanism can also just be replaced for the cupholder access door also. The wooden trim panel is removable on the top of the door, so that is reused.
Mainly you're just removing the screws under the false floor in the storage box, and removing the front piece of wooden trim (where the switches are) and disconnecting the wires for the switches, and removing the few screws you see under that trim, and the console will come out. Oh, the console-colored trim on the very rear of the console should be removed also; just pop out the top of it with a plastic blade of some kind, it will tip back on the top, then pull up on it and it'll be off. The only other thing is there is some pre-wiring for the phone on the bottom passengers side of the console you'll need to unsnap from the console. Then it's free. Lay it upside-down on and old towel or something, and you'll see the screws you need to remove. Try buying an extra-long #1 phillips screwdriver to remove the screws.

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PS it's not pneumatic, it uses a spring and what I would describe as a "drag gear" to make it move in a controlled fashion like it does
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:49 PM
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Gilly - Thanks very much for the detailed instructions. I think I can follow them and will enjoy (I hope) doing the job myself.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:54 PM
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Only other thing I thought of is you have to have the shifter pulled back to get the console out, so apply the parking brake, step on the service brake, turn the key to ON and shift it back all the way just prior to actually removing the console.

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