Here is how to replace the hinge on the center console arm rest without removing anything from the car. (except of course the arm rest ) The dealer will take the cover off the console and to do this the seats need to come out to get that cover off. This is why it costs so much to have done. $200-$300 for the part, (you can't just get the hinge you have to by the armrest and hinge assembly) and a couple of hours labor. I know this works on the '09-'12s but don't know about the '13s up. They should be similar but I haven't seen one to verify.
First remove the inner lid from the arm rest by taking out 6 screws (all screws are T-20 Torx)
Inner lid removed, you can now take out the 4 screws holding the armrest to the hinge.
Here is the bare hinge. You can see the 4 countersunk screw holes for the screws holding both sides on.
You can only get at 2 of the screws holding the hinge to the console.
Here is the hinge with the console cover removed showing all 4 screws
Use the new hinge as a template to mark the location of the hidden screws
Drill 2, 3/8" holes in the locations you marked.
If done correctly you can look through the hole and see the previously hidden screws.
It is a good idea to have a magnetized driver to get these guys out. Otherwise you will have to remove the back cover of the console to fish them out from the rear seat.
If after reassembling everything you (or your wife ) is CDO about having 2 extra holes in the console cover, even though you can't see them with the lid closed, they can be filled with these finishing plugs. One is shown in black, the other is natural. You will probably want them the same color I got them from the Sears hardware store near me, but any good hardware store will have them.
Now for the most important step in the whole process. :cheers:
Edited by mmsstar, 31 May 2015 - 10:52 AM.