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Removing Your Audi A4 Wheel Well Liners
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Audi A4 Wheel Well Liners

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

T25 Torx, Philips head screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

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

Hot Tip:

Watch out for spiders

Performance Gain:

Clean liners equals less weight

Complementary Modification:

New brake lines

The wheel well liners on modern cars provide a host of functions: they help protect the vehicle from weather and road debris, they can manage air flow to cool components and help to deduce the drag co-efficacy of the vehicle and improve the MPG. While doing all of this, they also can block access to components that you need to get to when you are performing service or repair on the vehicle.

The wheel well liners on the Audi A4 are removable and can be taken on and off the vehicle in well under an hour. When you do remove them make sure to keep any and all the fasteners in a marked plastic baggy for installation later.

While it might be possible to remove the liners with the wheels on the car, I highly recommend you remove them first. You will need to safely jack up and support the vehicle. Please see our article on safely raising and supporting your Audi A4.

Front- The front wheel well liner is held in place with nine T25 Torx screws (red arrows), one Philips head screw (yellow arrow) and a single plastic push clip (green arrow, hidden).
Figure 1

Front- The front wheel well liner is held in place with nine T25 Torx screws (red arrows), one Philips head screw (yellow arrow) and a single plastic push clip (green arrow, hidden). The liner is a single piece and will come out easily once all the fasteners are removed; just use care as things like to collect and live behind it.

Front- Remove the Torx screws including the forward ones connected to the under tray.
Figure 2

Front- Remove the Torx screws including the forward ones connected to the under tray. On the rear section of the liner there are four T25 screws. While these look like they would do a good job of keeping things out from behind the panel, use care when removing it as all sorts of things can be back there. Use a T25 Torx and remove the screws (red arrows).

Front- Carefully pull the liner back and inspect for dirt, debris and critters.
Figure 3

Front- Carefully pull the liner back and inspect for dirt, debris and critters.

Front- There is one plastic push clip beside the steering rack and strut.
Figure 4

Front- There is one plastic push clip beside the steering rack and strut. Use a trim removal tool and pry it out (red arrow).

Front- With everything undone the liner can be removed from the vehicle.
Figure 5

Front- With everything undone the liner can be removed from the vehicle. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Rear- The rear liner is a single piece and is held in place by eleven T25 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 6

Rear- The rear liner is a single piece and is held in place by eleven T25 Torx screws (red arrows). Use a T25 Torx driver and remove the screws.

Rear- There is a split in the liner that allows it to fit around the shock (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

Rear- There is a split in the liner that allows it to fit around the shock (yellow arrow). Remove the two T25 screws on each side of the shock (red arrows).

Rear- With everything removed the liner will come out as a single piece (red arrow).
Figure 8

Rear- With everything removed the liner will come out as a single piece (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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