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Changing Console

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I recently purchased a 2001 Escape XLS. I'd like to swap out the console for one with an arm rest. My escape has the parking brake on the right side (closest to the passenger seat). The consoles with an arm rest that I've seen have the parking break on the left (driver) side. Is there an armrest that will work with my escape? Is there a way to move my parking brake to the other side?

I apologize if this has already been covered. I've searched, and the only topic I found that asked the same question was never fully answered.
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Welcome to the city! :welcome:

I assume you have an automatic transmission. I was looking into doing the same mod on mine but came to the conclusion my manual gearshift was going to interfere somewhat, and honestly I didn't put a lot of effort into searching after that.

Don't hold me to it, but I believe it is possible, unfortunately I don't have any useful information on the parking brake. Mine seems to be in the dead middle of the center console or perhaps more on the drivers side. I can't see Ford making Escapes with multiple parking brake holes in the floor, so it may be possible to get the parking brake handle assembly from the console donor and it might so happen to use the same hole.

I've found stripped parts for the console on E-bay before, never bought any though. I'd also check out the junkyards, see if you can find one that will let you go in there and have a look, might be able to get a console cheap, or not, you never know.

The center console is very easy to remove on the rear portion. I will warn you however that the 2 bolts holding the front portion will break the heads off very easily.
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