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Pelican Technical Article:

Gauge Cluster Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0 to $100

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips head screwdriver, panel removal tools

Applicable Models:

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

Hot Tip:

Remove the electrical connector on the left side first

Performance Gain:

Working instrument lights and indicator display.

Complementary Modification:

Replace gauge cluster lights

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the gauge cluster from the Audi C5 A6. Over time, the indicator display on the A6 can fail. Repairing the display requires you to remove the cluster from the dashboard. Removing the cluster is pretty easy and should take no more than an hour.

I recommend disconnecting the battery before removing the cluster. This prevents any electrical problems or error codes from occurring when working with the vehicle's electrical system. Please see our article on Battery Replacement for more information.

Begin by unlocking the steering column and pushing it down.
Figure 1

Begin by unlocking the steering column and pushing it down. Lock the steering column in place and pull the protective cover (green arrow) off the bottom of the cluster. It just pulls straight off.

At the bottom of the gauge cluster are two Phillips head screws (green arrows).
Figure 2

At the bottom of the gauge cluster are two Phillips head screws (green arrows). Loosen and remove the two screws.

At this point, you will be able to pull the cluster slightly outward to the left.
Figure 3

At this point, you will be able to pull the cluster slightly outward to the left. You'll want to pull the cluster out until you can access the left side's electrical connector (green arrow).

Note the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector.
Figure 4

Note the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector. You'll need to press the tab inward while rotating the locking cam (purple arrow) upward. As you move the locking cam, the electrical connector will unplug itself from the gauge cluster.

At this point, move the cluster so you can access the remaining electrical connectors on the right side of the cluster (green arrows).
Figure 5

At this point, move the cluster so you can access the remaining electrical connectors on the right side of the cluster (green arrows). As before, press the tabs on the connectors and unlock them. At this point, the gauge cluster is ready to be removed from the car.

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