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Audi A4 Glove Box Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Audi A4 Glove Box Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$12 to $600

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, 8mm socket and extension

Applicable Models:

Audi A4 (2002-05)
Audi A4 Cabriolet (2003-06)

Parts Required:

New glove box or lights

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to pinch wires when reinstalling

Performance Gain:

Better looking car

Complementary Modification:

New shifter knob

As these vehicles age the basic everyday components will start to wear out. The glove box is one of the features. After years of countless openings and closings parts of the glove box will wear out or break. This article will show you how to replace as well as remove or reinstall the glove box, as there are lots of reasons for removing the glove box, but the main one is so you can get access to replace your blower motor. The blower motor is another replaceable item as the vehicle ages and you cannot get access to it without first removing the glove box. Note: if you are just changing the bulbs in the lights you can gently pry them out to change them and do not need to remove the glove box assembly.

Glove boxes come in different colors so make sure to check the part number before ordering yours.

The glove box is a single unit and can only be removed as a complete unit (red arrow).
Figure 1

The glove box is a single unit and can only be removed as a complete unit (red arrow). First up you will need to remove the dash side cover to remove the glove box (yellow arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the cover away from the dash side piece (red arrow).
Figure 2

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the cover away from the dash side piece (red arrow). If you do not already own a set of trim removal tools you should give serious consideration to purchasing a set. There is nothing like using the right tool for the job and nothing worse than scratching an expensive trim piece because you tried to use a screwdriver. Pelican Parts sells several types of trim removal tools and all are affordable.

First open the glove box and remove the three 8mm screws along the upper ledge of the glove box (red arrows).
Figure 3

First open the glove box and remove the three 8mm screws along the upper ledge of the glove box (red arrows).

Next remove the two 8mm screws on the lower section of the glove box (red arrows).
Figure 4

Next remove the two 8mm screws on the lower section of the glove box (red arrows).

Move to the side where you just removed the trim panel and use the 8mm socket to remove the single screw on the side (red arrow).
Figure 5

Move to the side where you just removed the trim panel and use the 8mm socket to remove the single screw on the side (red arrow).

With the glove box open remove the four 8mm screws inside the glove box (red arrows).
Figure 6

With the glove box open remove the four 8mm screws inside the glove box (red arrows). Keep a free hand on the glove box, since once these four screws are removed the glove box will be free and can fall.

You can now lower the glove box as a complete unit from the dash (red arrow).
Figure 7

You can now lower the glove box as a complete unit from the dash (red arrow). If you are worried about scratching it place a blanket down in the foot well to protect the front of the box. Do not attempt to remove it yet as there is still wiring attached.

While there are several lights and a sensor connected to the glove box unit, you only need to disconnect the main wiring connection from the harness.
Figure 8

While there are several lights and a sensor connected to the glove box unit, you only need to disconnect the main wiring connection from the harness. Squeeze in the tabs and pull the connections straight apart (red arrow). Remember: if you are just changing the bulbs in the lights you can gently pry them out to change and do not need to remove the glove box assembly. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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