Armrest Not Staying Up In Open Position

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This was the top complaint on my new truck. Probably intentional as some said but the nickels have improved the spring. I used a 90 degree pick to pull the springs back.
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Which one did you buy and from whom?
I got the Builtright latch release directly from the manufacturer. It is also available on Amazon along with less expensive knockoff versions. Mine works fine. Not sure if the other ones work or are made as well as the Builtright.
 

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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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Thanks for the fix!! I ended up fixing mine using 2 dimes to make it just right.
 

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Why do you think that?

Why would anyone who wants to open and access the armrest storage box want it to default to the nearly closed position?

With what is a simple one-handed task with 100% of the other armrest storage designs I've experienced over the past 45 years, this is the only one that wants to close on your arm as you attempt to retrieve something.

Design flaw, weak spring, etc is my take on this. It also becomes a safety issue if when driving you have to use both arms/hands just to quickly retrieve something.
LOL, I love how the falling armrest is a safety issue while driving but reaching into the cavernous center console while driving can't be misconstrued as same
 

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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.

Console1.jpg


Console2.jpg
That was exactly what I was thinking. Glad someone posted here. I have the same issue and 43 miles on the truck. The rest of it I love!
 

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The "Nickel Solution" worked perfectly for me!!!

Thanks!
 

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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.

Console1.jpg


Console2.jpg
I tried going at the plastic with a screwdriver and it wasn't quite giving that easily and I only had 43 miles on it so rather than crack the plastic plating I figure I will wait a while and see if Ford will fix it when I go in for an oil change, but I love your fix.
 

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My armrest doesn't stay in the fully opened position, and keeps dropping down on my hand when getting things out of the compartment.... Becomes an annoying 2 hand task, one to keep it open and up, the other to retrieve something.

Anyone else having this issue? Any advice on how to fix? I see there is a screw on the underside of the interior hinge, so thinking about trying to take it apart to see if I can somehow stiffen the spring that's intended to keep it fully upright and open.

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Someone put a nickel under the spring and that solved it. Might be a video somewhere online. Should not have to do it but might be worth a try or get a new one under warranty.
 

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Mine works fine, but man I will keep that penny mod in case it stops in the future
 

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Thank you all for the info - looking forward to fixing this annoying issue.
 

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The rear seat release was easy to install. They have a good video. It works great.
I cannot get my seat released to install the rear seat released dookickey. I pulled the rear seat pulls out from their tucked in position but neither of us can get the seats to release. Am I missing something?
 
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