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Audi A4 Steering Column Stalks and Switch Replacement
 
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Audi A4 Steering Column Stalks and Switch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$80 to $250

Talent:

**

Tools:

T8 Torx driver, 4mm Allen, small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

New control stalks

Hot Tip:

Be sure to disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes

Performance Gain:

Working controls

Complementary Modification:

New shift knob

The steering column stalks can get damaged or lose their functionality over time. Replacement of the stalks is not that difficult, but it can be tedious work. You are working with small plastic clips. Make sure to take your time and use care not to damage any of the plastic pieces. You are going to have to remove a fair amount of other components to get to the stalks, including the airbag; make sure you disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes before working on the airbag.

You do not need to fully remove the trim panels around the stalks to remove the stalks themselves. If you plan on fully removing the trim panels, you will need to remove the lower drivers' side storage compartment to get access to the two 8mm screws that hold the fabric piece on the top trim panel. Please see our article on drivers' side lower storage compartment removal for further assistance.

You will need to remove the steering wheel and air bag (red arrow) to get access to the trim panels around the steering column.
Figure 1

You will need to remove the steering wheel and air bag (red arrow) to get access to the trim panels around the steering column. Please see our article on steering wheel removal for further assistance. Make sure you disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes before working on the air bag.

With the steering wheel off you will have access to the two T8 Torx screws (red arrows) and the 4mm Allen screw (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

With the steering wheel off you will have access to the two T8 Torx screws (red arrows) and the 4mm Allen screw (yellow arrow). Begin by making sure the key is out of the ignition (green arrow).

Lower the steering column control (yellow arrow) and use the 4mm Allen to remove the single screw from the underside of the trim panel (red arrow).
Figure 3

Lower the steering column control (yellow arrow) and use the 4mm Allen to remove the single screw from the underside of the trim panel (red arrow).

Next, use the T8 Torx and remove the two screws from the lower trim panel (red arrows).
Figure 4

Next, use the T8 Torx and remove the two screws from the lower trim panel (red arrows).

You can move/slip the upper trim piece up and off the column (red arrow).
Figure 5

You can move/slip the upper trim piece up and off the column (red arrow).

Pull the lower trim piece down and away from the steering column (red arrow).
Figure 6

Pull the lower trim piece down and away from the steering column (red arrow). You do not need to remove it completely, but if you want to you will need to remove the drivers' side lower storage compartment (yellow arrows) to be able to angle the piece off the steering column adjustment lock. Please see or article on drivers' side lower storage compartment removal for additional information.

Disconnect the ignition switch wiring from the column switch in the two places it is attached (red arrows).
Figure 7

Disconnect the ignition switch wiring from the column switch in the two places it is attached (red arrows).

Use the 4mm Allen and remove the single screw holding the column switch to the steering column (red arrow).
Figure 8

Use the 4mm Allen and remove the single screw holding the column switch to the steering column (red arrow).

Next, remove the electrical connection (red arrow) from the left side of the switches (yellow arrow) by depressing the tab on the inside rear of the connector.
Figure 9

Next, remove the electrical connection (red arrow) from the left side of the switches (yellow arrow) by depressing the tab on the inside rear of the connector.

Disconnect the yellow switch from the right rear of the column switches (red arrow) by depressing the small tab on the top and then pulling it straight back.
Figure 10

Disconnect the yellow switch from the right rear of the column switches (red arrow) by depressing the small tab on the top and then pulling it straight back.

You can now pull the column switches off the steering column.
Figure 11

You can now pull the column switches off the steering column.

There are three small tabs holding the cancelling/steering sensor ring on.
Figure 12

There are three small tabs holding the cancelling/steering sensor ring on. Use a small flathead screwdriver and carefully release the tabs (red arrow).

You can now remove the cancelling/steering sensor ring from the switches.
Figure 13

You can now remove the cancelling/steering sensor ring from the switches.

Use the T8 Torx to remove the small screws holding the switch you need to replace off of the unit.
Figure 14

Use the T8 Torx to remove the small screws holding the switch you need to replace off of the unit. This photo illustrates the unit completely apart with all its elements: 1-electronic control combination switch, 2-turn signal/ high low beams, 3-cruise control, 4-cancelling ring/steering sensor, 5-wiper switch. Installation is the reverse of removal.



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