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Leather Trim Centre Armrest Lid

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The Ford Mondeo hit our roads in 1993, and has consistently been a sales success. Now on its 4th incarnation, it remains a drivers favourite.
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Approx Fitting Time

30 - 40 minutes

Parts Required

Standard Mk3 Mondeo Arm Rest Leather Armrest Cover ( the one in this guide is from ebay ) Torx Screwdriver

Adhesive ( Hotmelt glue etc )

Fitting Instructions

Preparing The Armrest For Fitting

Open The Arm Rest Lid

Undo the 2 torx screws holding the lid to the floor console.

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Now Remove the 2 torx scres holding the lid bracket to the lid.

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This is what your left with.

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Now prise out the underside of the lid leaving you with just the armrest lid

Fitting The Cover

Open up the cover & align it properly ( the 2 cutouts goto the front of the armrest. )

Insert the front of the armrest & align it with the cutouts in the cover.

Then push the rear of the armrest into the cover & check the alignment of the stiching.

Now pull the front cover between the cutouts until a few mm's of the cover is inside the lid plastics ( make sure you dont fully cover the mounts the cutouts are there for ) & glue the cover inplace.

now do the same for the rest of the cover bit by bit making sure the stitching stays aligned & the cover is kept tight.

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To do the rear properly may involve some trimming but its not 100% required as you can tuck enough cover into the rear section as required ( just ) this does not need glueing down unless it wont stay inplace properly.

Rebuilding & Refitting the Armrest

Once the cover is inplace & your happy with it, let any glue set suitably if its not already set.

Slide the front of the lid underside into the 2 mount points on the lid top.

now push the lid underside down while still pushing the cover into the front mounting points & hopefully the screw holes should line up at the back or be pretty darn close ( if nowhere near then retry the fitting of the lid underside from the start & make sure your pushing firmly to the front of the lid while putting the underside inplace ) if the fitting is close enough to see the screw holes you should be OK with just putting the screws inplace as it should align itself & tighten up when the screws go in ( they did for me anyway )

if the lid underside will not let you release enough pressure to perform the next step then leave off the bracket & just use the screws as its less fiddly & has the same result of forcing the lid underside into place

Place the bracket in position & add one of the screws ( may not be able to fully fasten this screw down yet though ), then add the second screw & fully fasten both down nice & tightly.

The lid is now ready for refitting back to the car if your happy with the result.

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Try as i might, i was unable to get rid of 2 small Soft Spots at the upper rear corners of the cover ( i put this down to the cover being made pretty straight whereas the lid is wider at the front than the rear etc - its either that or my fitting method lol