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Old 06-30-2015, 01:07 AM
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Need Help for Armrest Leather Replacement.

I am having trouble to find the right way to replace my central armrest leather. I have had these bubbles for couple of months now.

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I also ordered leather replacement from
Fits 09 12 Acura TL Real Leather Center Console Armrest Cover Gray Skin Only | eBay

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge on how to take the center console off?
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:21 AM
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how many times have you replaced it and where do you go to get it replaced?
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:26 AM
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I think you didnt understood what I meant, this is OEM. Never replaced, I did order a part from ebay, but i dont know how to replace it. also i dont know how to take the center apart.
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:47 PM
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Need Help for Armrest Leather Replacement.

What is the best way to prevent this from happening in the first place?
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Old 07-04-2015, 05:16 PM
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Go get a window tint.
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Need Help for Armrest Leather Replacement.

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Go get a window tint.
My last two vehicles had illegal tint...very dark but kept the interior nice and cool in the summer
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:29 PM
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You can probably follow directions from the 3G forum and improvise. It's not too hard to replace the skin- just be patient and take your time. You might want to check out Shift boot store - RedlineGoods leather shift boots for improving the foam while you're at it. I notice Redline doesn't sell skins for the 4G unfortunately- I would go that route if they offered them.

Good luck
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:15 AM
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Just take your time not to break anything. It should be very easy. You will need pliers, screwdrivers, staple gun, and 3M Super 77 Adhesive. Good luck!
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Old 07-05-2015, 02:11 PM
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Can't you just complain and get that fixed under warranty? That seems very premature for a luxury-type car.
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Old 07-11-2015, 04:21 PM
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My car is out of factory warranty, they aren't gonna do anything else to your car of sure.
I bought the leather from eBay, I'll try to reinstall it myself.
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Old 07-11-2015, 05:39 PM
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Check the price of repair with an auto upholstery shop. I had my OEM upper seat cover installed for $75.00
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I had the same exact problem in my 2013 TL with only 15k miles! I took it to dealer, 45 minutes later brand new armrest was installed for free. Thank you warranty!
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:56 PM
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To Replace:
Pull off back part of center console (squeeze both sides of the back piece and pull backwards, there's 4 clips I think)
Remove the four Phillips screws from the back of the bracket
Remove the bulb / harness by turning to the left on the bulb holder
Lift up the armrest
There are two plastic cover pieces on either side of the front mounting points of the armrest bracket, pull them up and out ( 2 clips on each, look at your new part for reference
Remove the two screws and remove the armrest
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I had the same issue in my 3G TL and replaced the foam underneath. 1 hr of work and great results!
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Does any of you have a video clip or pictures of this process? That would be very helpful, I went to a shop and they want $100 plus materials. I think this is a rip off.
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Need help with this, but in my case i need to remove the top part because there is a rattle inside.
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:16 PM
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What would be an awesome replacement, is a wireless charging pad integrated into the armrest, like the newer Chevy Tahoe has.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:45 PM
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Its really not that hard to take off. The average Jo can do it. The hardest part is getting off the plastic cover that hides the screws that attach the actual armrest to the center console ( be careful not to break the clips) start prying it off with a skinny flathead screwdriver where the armrest gets skinny in the front. It should pop right off. Now the tricky part was trying to finagling it out and away from the armrest/console because the clips in the back hang down, I think I bent the back clips to remove completely away and out. Now you will need to remove the screws that hold the armrest to the console bracket ( like 6-8 screws). I had to use a special screwdriver to reach the 2 screws closest to the back seat, After that it detaches right off and now you can hold it upside down in your lap to remove the remains screws that attach the sliding tray to the shell. You will only need to take off the screws that attach the sliding tray/plastics from the actual armrest shell ( mine were marked with a green marked screw and a blue marked screw) I can't remember which color I removed. I started to unscrew all of them and realized only every other screw was necessary to detach it from the shell. Took me all of 20 min to totally get off.
Brought it up to my local upholstery shop and paid $50. Matches my leather perfectly with a much better padding and quality stitching.
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how can no one have pictures????
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I pretty sure I've seen another thread where there were pics of the work. Might have been for replacing the armrest padding but same thing.
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Old 12-18-2018, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by John35205 View Post
Go get a window tint.
This. And use windshield deflector. And not use the arm rest
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