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Old 21 Nov 2012, 04:28 pm
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Default Center console disassembly

Was considering adding a power outlet inside my 08 base PT center armrest/storage console...there is a knockout with a blank plug in it which gives me hope there may be a harness and connector floating around behind the knockout . If so, it would be a simple "plug and play" installation. Just want to know the easiest way to get access to inside the backside (where the power window switches are mounted) of the console...looks like it may just pop off but don't want to unnecessarily gouge it up with a screwdriver.
btw...the power outlet is P/N 4793554-AC and the bezel/cover is P/N 4685591-AD.
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Old 21 Nov 2012, 06:26 pm
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Hello, Before you try to remove center console, you must first remove small screws they are located inside the vents, first turn your vents to vertical position you then should be able to see them. also to be on the safe side use some masking tape so as not to gouge anything.
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Old 21 Nov 2012, 10:35 pm
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When I bought my '07 PT, there was no outlet in the console underneath the dash bezel, just a plastic cap and a whole where the outlet/socket should have been. Turned out the outlet fell inside the console because the plastic ring holding it in place broke.

After going to literally more than a dozen auto stores looking for a replacement part (everyone said it was a custom factory special order item), I finally bought a rubber grommet which worked perfectly.

(Every store asked me kind of car it was, and I told them it was a standard car cigarette lighter. Then when I told them the type of car, they said they didn't carry such a part;-)

If you are looking to replace the socket inside the console, under the armrest, you may find it just fell inside because the same plastic piece broke.

I would try to fish around inside and under the console, and you may save yourself a bunch of hassle! (And you won't need to remove the dash bezel;-)
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Old 22 Nov 2012, 09:07 am
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I am not sure what the other two are talking about. I have a base 2009 and did the same thing as you. Pop the rear window switch assembly out. I used a screwdriver being very careful. They just popped out.

Unplug the switch assembly and lay it to the side. Now grab around the bottom of the cup holder and start pulling. The whole rear will pop off and give you access to the back of the power port.

I wanted mine hot all the time so I tee'd off the power seat hot wire and just ran it over to the console. For the ground I just put a ring terminal on the wire and grounded it under a screw there at the back. You may get lucky as some have reported the wiring already being there. It wasn't on mine.

I found some power ports I got at the junkyard. The rear power ports are the same as the console power port so if you can find those it will work just fine. A universal cigarette lighter port from a parts store won't work. I got my ports for $2.00 a piece. Make sure you clip the wires so you get the plug that plugs into the power port. So you are after the power port and pigtail that plugs into it.

If you don't have the power port in the rear grab an extra from the junkyard. It is really easy to do and the wiring is there for it. It is zip tied to tail light wiring.

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Old 22 Nov 2012, 10:13 am
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You may also want to consider removing the center console which gives you access to everthing under it . Only requires removing 4 screws. Power can be tied into the power outlet already in front of console which is fused.
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Old 22 Nov 2012, 10:13 am
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I misspoke. I thought you were looking to remove the dash bezel (and couldn't understand why), where the FRONT set of window switches are. I missed the important word "Backside." Sounds like Ray's description is dead on. Sorry for the confusion.

Ray - In my '07 model, the port is always hot, as indicated by a battery icon on the plastic cover, unlike the front console port which has a key icon.
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Old 22 Nov 2012, 11:50 am
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You can tie into the front power outlet but its not hot all the time. For me I needed one hot all the time so I could charge my phone when the car was off.
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Old 22 Nov 2012, 04:47 pm
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If you install and make it hot all the time do not over look installing and in line fuse.
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Old 22 Nov 2012, 09:21 pm
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I misspoke. I thought you were looking to remove the dash bezel (and couldn't understand why), where the FRONT set of window switches are. I missed the important word "Backside." Sounds like Ray's description is dead on. Sorry for the confusion.

No problem...my description may not have been clear regarding which set of window switches.
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Old 22 Nov 2012, 09:32 pm
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OK...thanks everybody for the help. If the factory harness and connector are available, it looks like there is an option of either hot all the time off the battery bus or switched via the ignition switch in "run" or "accessory"...it looks like you have the choice of which of 2 positions for fuse 11 in the TIPM to accomplish this. This applies to the later model PTs with the TIPM. The other 2 outlets (instrument panel and rear cargo area) appear to be ignition switched only.

Thanks again for all the help and Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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