I'm trying to remove the cigarette lighter socket from my center console. I have managed to remove the small plastic piece that holds the tiny bulb, and loosen the socket unit with the green plastic sorround, but when I try to pull it out it stops after ca. 1cm (or 0.4"). Does anyone here know how to remove the socket and sorrounding parts without damaging them?
If someone wonders why I want to remove the cigarette lighter socket, it is because my car had a severe leak from the heater core. This caused the car to smell of antifreeze. After I took the plastic parts of the ventilation system out again() and washed them in the bathtub with some dishwashing liquid, the car smelled much better. Now I want to wash the console before I put it back in, but I dont want to get the electrical parts in the lighter socket to get wet, as it might cause them to corrode and cause crappy connections.