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Dashboard Cupholder Replacement
 

Pelican Technical Article:

Dashboard Cupholder Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$45

Talent:

**

Tools:

two small screwdrivers or plastic trim tools

Applicable Models:

A6 2.7T (1997-04)
A6 2.8 (1997-02)
A6 3.0L (2002-04)
S6 4.2 (1997-04)

Parts Required:

Cupholder assembly

Hot Tip:

Use caution and be gentle removing the faceplate

Performance Gain:

Hot coffee at your fingertips when driving

Complementary Modification:

replace hazard flasher switch

The cupholders on Audi A6 models tend to break over many years of use. The plastic used in the construction tends to weaken over time, leaving you with a cupholder that can get jammed shut inside the dashboard, or a front panel piece that does not fit due to the tabs breaking. The good news is that replacement is easy once the bezel is removed.

In this article I'll show you how to change the cupholder and have that hot cup of coffee out of your lap when driving. Keep in mind to use caution and be gentle when pulling off the dashboard bezel. The clips that hold it in place can become a bit fragile over the years and can break off.

The first step in removing the cupholder is to carefully remove the front bezel.
Figure 1

The first step in removing the cupholder is to carefully remove the front bezel. Use two small plastic prying tools on the sides of the bezel (green arrows) to pry it off. Use caution when doing so as the clips on the bezel are somewhat fragile and can break off if forced. Just a light touch and it should come off.

Press the two retaining clips on the dashboard (green arrows) up and pull the cupholder assembly out.
Figure 2

Press the two retaining clips on the dashboard (green arrows) up and pull the cupholder assembly out. Once removed, look to see that all the pieces from the cupholder haven't fallen inside the dashboard. When the cupholder breaks, it can leave some of the pieces behind. In our case, parts of the spring mechanism were jammed inside.

Once the cupholder is free, pull the electrical connector (green arrow) off the back of the cupholder.
Figure 3

Once the cupholder is free, pull the electrical connector (green arrow) off the back of the cupholder. The new cupholder installs in the reverse order of removal. Simply plug in the electrical connector and slide the cupholder in until it clicks in place. Once in, gently press the bezel over the new cupholder.


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