1. The automatic transmission T-handle pulls straight off.
Put the shifter into any position that you can get right over it and pull up firmly with both hands.
Apply a firm even force pulling straight up - don't be tempted to rock/twist the T-handle to get it off.
If you wear glasses, take them off - I've heard of people injuring themselves when the handle lets go.
Use a small flat head screwdriver to gently prise up shift indicator bezel and remove the light.
There is one (or two
) bolt under the shift bezel which needs to be removed, and one on the bottom of the cupholder.
2. I don't have the airbag switch, so can't answer
3. Doesn't matter - whatever makes it easier to get the console over the components.