Armrest Not Staying Up In Open Position

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Mine wasn't to the point of falling if I didn't hold it, but it did wobble and look like it would slam at any time. I used some small clear plastic shims and cut a 1/4" off the end by maybe 1/8" thick and slid under the front edge of the hinge and no more wobble, stays in place real nice .
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Thanks. I did it. Definitely helped. Not so easy for me. Springs are flat, had to use pliers to pull up. Worth the effort though. I use the lid most every day. Crunchy Cheetos are my reward...
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trim to remove. I think if you reach under bottom and pull the 2 from bottom 1st then work the other ones out it comes out pretty easy. Ham fisted it back in.
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Two nickels didn't quite do it, still left armrest half open/closed. Four nickels did the trick though, but had to basically place my head upside-down in order to do the top ones. Lid opens with some gusto now.

Thanks again for the tip!

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I'm cheap after a 60K truck, will pennies work LOL
 

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Thanks! That worked well. Being sometimes anal, instead of the coins I cut two small pieces of 1/8” x 3/4” x 1/2” stainless bar and cleaned them up with a Roloc wheel.
 

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UPDATE:
Well, Ford must have found a new version of the spring for my truck. Mine stays up if truck not moving and not pointed downhill. But as for moving that spring end, well, I spent at least a half hour bending, twisting, pulling, and everything else one can think of and that spring end will not budge. Even pulling with a BIG pair of electrical pliers and it will not move. I would like it to hold better than it does and may consider removing the lid and get it on the work bench where it may be a less of being a contortionist while working on it. We shall see.......
Still a great idea.
 
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Thanks for the great and creative fix. This reminds me of one of the opening chapters of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. His friend had a fancy bike but the handlebar was loose. The friend was utterly horrified when he suggested using a bit of beer can to shim the clamp. The friend insisted on taking it to the dealership to have it fixed professionally. Moral being, there are two types of vehicle owners . . .
 

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Since my spring ends are impossible to move I have discovered if you reach back and unlatch the top cover and then open up the front, the top will hang in the back seat like a counter weight on a crane. What I really think is that Ford put the weak spring in there to keep you out while driving. When stopped you can use both hands. One to hold it open and the other to get your junk out of there.
 

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Armrest lid FIXED:
Complete write-up with how to. This repair will cost about $0.10 and 2 minutes.
Tools needed: Slotted screwdriver
First, go to the auto parts store, you are looking for any type of candy bar or treat. Pick up your favorite and go back out to your truck.
Next, lift up the armrest and curse that you have to hold it up. With the free hand, remove the trim piece directly below the spring to reveal the entire spring, hinge and bracket. The springs each have one "leg" that rests against the metal bracket; those are what will be adjusted.
Take two nickels from your coin holder and set aside. With the slotted screwdriver, gently pry/lift up one of the legs on one of the springs. Slide nickel below raised leg and remove screwdriver. Repeat for the other spring. Now, let go of the armrest and BAM! Stays up!

Jump back into the driver's seat and drop that candy bar/treat into the now "hands free" fully opened console for future snacking.

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UPDATE:
Well, Ford must have found a new version of the spring for my truck. Mine stays up if truck not moving and not pointed downhill. But as for moving that spring end, well, I spent at least a half hour bending, twisting, pulling, and everything else one can think of and that spring end will not budge. Even pulling with a BIG pair of electrical pliers and it will not move. I would like it to hold better than it does and may consider removing the lid and get it on the work bench where it may be a less of being a contortionist while working on it. We shall see.......
Still a great idea.
I messed around with this yesterday and there is no way I can get those springs to move. Too bad. Looks it would have been an easy fix otherwise. If you get it off and do it on the bench, let us know how it worked out.
 

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This is what my springs look like.
They are a “square cut” material not round like the pics above with the coins in.
So far, near impossible to move these.

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I messed around with this yesterday and there is no way I can get those springs to move. Too bad. Looks it would have been an easy fix otherwise. If you get it off and do it on the bench, let us know how it worked out.
It didn't. After removing more screws than I can count to just get the cupholders out of the way, I saw more screws holding the cover on that were low down and very hard to reach. I decided it was not worth it and gave up.:cry:
 

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Yeh I had the flat coils too, not round so had to use a very good pair of needle nose plier. Barely lifted with one hand and slipped it in with other. Several attempts each. Serious pain, but worked.
Pennies not so good , easier to get in though, I had to upgrade to 2 nickels.
No way I could get to the other 2 without removing lid etc etc
 
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