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Audi A4 Drivers Lower Storage Compartment Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Audi A4 Drivers Lower Storage Compartment Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

10mm socket

Applicable Models:

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

Hot Tip:

Use care working with plastic clips

Performance Gain:

Access to under dash components

Complementary Modification:

Change brake light switch

There are a lot of components located under the driver side dash including but not limited to the brake pedal switch, pedal cluster and brake booster actuator arm. To service or work on these you will need to first remove the driver side storage compartment.

The piece is referred to as the driver side storage compartment, because of the slot under the steering column used to store the manual. This piece differs depending on the model you own (i.e.; sedan, cabriolet, etc.), but needs to be removed on all models to gain access to under the dash.

People also refer to this piece as the lower dash, so if you are looking for a way to get access to the area under the dash on the driver side, you are in the right place.

The driver lower storage compartment is a single large piece that stretches from the drivers' door, under the steering column to the center console.
Figure 1

The driver lower storage compartment is a single large piece that stretches from the drivers' door, under the steering column to the center console. There are three main areas you will be working on to remove this piece: the dash end cap (red arrow), the under dash fasteners (yellow arrow) and the area where the lower dash meets the center trim piece (green arrow).

Begin by using a trim removal tool and gently prying off the dash end cap (red arrow).
Figure 2

Begin by using a trim removal tool and gently prying off the dash end cap (red arrow).

Next, use a 10mm socket and remove the single screw holding the storage compartment to the frame (red arrow).
Figure 3

Next, use a 10mm socket and remove the single screw holding the storage compartment to the frame (red arrow).

There are two 10mm screws that hold the storage compartment to the frame (red arrow, one on each side).
Figure 4

There are two 10mm screws that hold the storage compartment to the frame (red arrow, one on each side). Remove the screw on each side with a 10mm socket. The OBD port will lower with the storage compartment and be disconnected later (yellow arrow).

While you are working on the lower section of the compartment, take pictures and notes of the two clips and where they join to the front of the foot well (red arrows).
Figure 5

While you are working on the lower section of the compartment, take pictures and notes of the two clips and where they join to the front of the foot well (red arrows). You will need to reinstall these correctly so the piece does not hang around your feet.

Pull the piece out and down from the dash.
Figure 6

Pull the piece out and down from the dash. There are three plastic clips that connect it to the center of the dash. Pulling it out will release these clips (red arrows). You will not need to pull hard.

This photo illustrates the clips in detail (red arrows).
Figure 7

This photo illustrates the clips in detail (red arrows). The hooked ends work with gravity to hold them in place. When reinstalling, swing the lower section of the piece upwards and then slide the clips in place.

The OBD port unclips from the rear of the piece (red arrow).
Figure 8

The OBD port unclips from the rear of the piece (red arrow).

Follow the wire from the ODB and either disconnect it form the light or unclip the light from the storage piece.
Figure 9

Follow the wire from the ODB and either disconnect it form the light or unclip the light from the storage piece. You can now remove the piece form the vehicle. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
niels Comments: Very very nice, helped alot, very good pics,but on the 2003 a4 it's a 8mm socket.
April 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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