2006 Toyota Corolla 'Broken Spring' on bottom 'ashtray' uni

Tiny
DAVEHOFF
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  • 2006 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 75,000 MILES
My bottom 'ashtray' compartment on the centre column doesn't snap closed. It seems a spring or something is broken.
It is most frustrating trying to keep it closed, because it immediately drops open when I accelerate the car.
Is there a way to repair this?
The dealer says it's a $200 repair!
Thank you for any advice.
Dave
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Saturday, June 12th, 2010 AT 2:16 PM

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Tiny
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If it is a complete ash tray assembly that is required, I would go look in the wreckers yard for one, this will be so much cheaper.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Sunday, June 13th, 2010 AT 6:27 AM
Tiny
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Dave- what did you end up doing to fix this? I do not want to spend that much money. I am fairly handy and can fix it on my own if it is not too difficult.
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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 AT 1:50 AM
Tiny
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To clarify, I have the same problem as you did. That is why I asked.
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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 AT 1:51 AM
Tiny
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Hi gjm25gregg,
I've simply lived with it. My wife now drives the car, and she's put her glasses case in it, which keeps the door from rattling around. I may go to a wrecker when the weather warms up.
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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 AT 3:50 AM
Tiny
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To mhpautos: please explain how to take off the ashtray and put in a new one. Thanks
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Thursday, March 17th, 2011 AT 1:37 AM
Tiny
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Loft out slide tray as if to empty and look up under the top, there are 2 screws there and on some there is a third at the rear, it should be quite straight forward.
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Thursday, March 17th, 2011 AT 2:05 AM
Tiny
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Can you please attach pictures. I don't know how to empty the ashtray. Thank you
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Thursday, March 17th, 2011 AT 2:17 AM
Tiny
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I have no pic, but just depress the top cover that is spring loaded and pull out.
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Thursday, March 17th, 2011 AT 6:17 AM

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