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#1 kino1161

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 05:15 AM

I have a 1996 GS300. When I press my cup holder to try and use it, it pops ALL THE WAY OUT! It actually comes out of the armrest! What happened? What do I need to do? Please help. I have to hold my drinks in my car now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 kino1161

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 04:45 AM

C'mon......No one can help me?? :(

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Posted 08 July 2004 - 04:20 AM

This forum has always been helpful fo me... What is going on now? Any assisitance would be greatly appreciated.... (patiently waiting).. :rolleyes:

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Posted 09 July 2004 - 08:05 AM

I guess no one can help me.... :(

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 12:02 AM

A surprisingly desperate situation. I'm afraid I don't have good news, but at least an idea. I had the same problem with my '95. It must be pretty common because there are no used ones to be found. The two plastic fingers that snap it into place is a weak design and they eventually break off.

I fixed it mine by hand bending two wire form pieces and epoxying them into place. After trying several materials, the flat stock I used just happened to be the wiper blade retainer. If you're "fabricatably" inclined, you might try it.

I'd send you a picture, but it was such a tight fit, it will never come out.

Good luck.

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 04:59 AM

Thank you.

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 12:13 PM

I have 93 GS 300 and my cup holder doesn't pop out anylonger. Any ideas on how to get it out so I can see what I need to do to fix it?

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Posted 14 July 2004 - 04:36 AM

Someone please help us!!!  :cries:

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 10:24 PM

Hi,
Yes, I have the same problem as Kino... my cup holder pops all the way out. There must be a clever and simple solution, surely?!
Thanks,
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Posted 18 July 2004 - 12:47 AM

How much is a fix worth to you? Mine wasn't "simple," but I think it was kinda clever. I might attempt it again if you're out of options.

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Posted 19 July 2004 - 11:10 AM

Thanks to Vikin9 for the fix suggestion... I'm very handy in the do-it-yourself department but I can't see how or where to put the wires in... And I can't see where the "plastic fingers" are, or would have been, on my cup holder. And not easy to explain, of course...
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Posted 19 July 2004 - 12:43 PM

Yeah.... I can't really understand what you are saying... I know it is probably hard to put into words.. :(

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 01:29 AM

Here's a photo of my cupholder assembly that I took to try and find a used replacement. From this you can see if you have the same assy. The tabs that hold the assy in are circled in the upper right view.

Basically, I made a flat wire form to replace these tabs that broke off.

As I mentioned earlier, after many trials, the eventual material that worked was the flat metal piece that holds the rubber wiper blades in place (which I'd just replaced).

I'll try to describe the part feature by feature.

At one end is a triangular bend (like a numeral "4" laying flat) that serves as the locking tab. It's critical that the locking surface is the correct length and height.

Then the part has a 90 degree twist with a slight offset. I made this feature by putting the part in a soft jaw vise and carefully twisting it with a crescent wrench.

Then there is flat section that goes between a plastic screw boss and the side of the tray. Finally, there is a loop that wraps around the screw boss. I made this feature by wrapping the stock around a screwdriver shaft.

Finally, the pieces were epoxied in place. Make sure you know how the pieces go back together, so you don't create an interference. One of the bosses has a spring on it so you have to avoid that one.

Although the two sides are similar, the parts are still fairly different (e.g length, offset, etc.).

It cracks me up that we're going through all this for a lousy cupholder. Maybe someone will help me with a fix like this for my side window trim that's starting to separate. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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Posted 21 July 2004 - 04:12 PM

Thanks very much to Vikin9 for the explanation and photos. Now at least I can see where the tabs should be... and I'm sure a little ingenuity and epoxy will do the trick.
Thanks much,
Rich

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 11:45 PM

Its amazing how many people have problems with the cupholder. They should do a recall!!! :) Or atleast make a new design.

MY question is this, is there any way to take apart the arm rest so i can just put my cupholder in there instead of sliding it in there.
I'm afraid that if i try to slide it in there, those plastic prongs will snap in a weaker spot. That sucker is jb welded on there strong!!

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