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Lower Dashboard Panel Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Lower Dashboard Panel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

8mm socket, small screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Audi A6 (1997-04)
Audi A6 Quattro (1997-04)
Audi S6 (2002-03)

Parts Required:

Lower Dashboard Panel

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to damage the electrical connectors to the courtesy light

Performance Gain:

Access to components underneath

Complementary Modification:

Replace courtesy light bulb

Various projects for the C5 A6 require removing the lower dashboard panel, such as replacing the brake light switch. Removing the panel is super easy and should not take more than an hour. When re-installing the panel, take note of the plastic arms mounted on the panel. The fingers of the panel should line up with the mounting holes in the dashboard if you have everything lined up correctly.

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Removing the lower dashboard panel is a pretty easy job that should only take about an hour at the most.
Figure 1

Removing the lower dashboard panel is a pretty easy job that should only take about an hour at the most.

Pull the panel off the side of the dashboard with a small screwdriver or a trim removal tool in the slot (green arrow).
Figure 2

Pull the panel off the side of the dashboard with a small screwdriver or a trim removal tool in the slot (green arrow).

Loosen and remove the 8mm bolt shown here (green arrow) The bolt itself was missing from our project car, however it must be removed.
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the 8mm bolt shown here (green arrow) The bolt itself was missing from our project car, however it must be removed. It took a while for me to figure this one out.

Loosen and remove the two 8mm bolts holding the panel to the underside of the dashboard (green arrows).
Figure 4

Loosen and remove the two 8mm bolts holding the panel to the underside of the dashboard (green arrows).

Pull the cover piece (green arrow) off the top of the steering column.
Figure 5

Pull the cover piece (green arrow) off the top of the steering column. It just pops off.

Remove the two 8mm bolts (green arrows) holding the dashboard panel on.
Figure 6

Remove the two 8mm bolts (green arrows) holding the dashboard panel on. Once the bolts are removed, lower the panel down.

Pull the electrical connectors (green arrow) off the courtesy light.
Figure 7

Pull the electrical connectors (green arrow) off the courtesy light.

Squeeze the two mounting tabs (green arrow) on the OBD2 connector and pull it out of the panel.
Figure 8

Squeeze the two mounting tabs (green arrow) on the OBD2 connector and pull it out of the panel. It is difficult to get a picture of the rear tab due to the mounting but it is very apparent once the panel is removed.

And here's the finished result with the panel removed.
Figure 9

And here's the finished result with the panel removed. Installing the panel is the reverse order of removal

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