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Replacing Your Audi A4 Rear Door Handles
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Audi A4 Rear Door Handles

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$150

Talent:

**

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

New rear door handles

Hot Tip:

Try everything before you reinstall the door panel

Performance Gain:

Locks that work

Complementary Modification:

Really clean the glass

Replacing the rear door handles on an Audi A4 is not a difficult job, if you take your time and use care. The biggest issues are removing the door panel and using care, so you do not scratch the paint. If you are worried about the paint, place some tape around the handle before you begin. You do not need to remove the door component carrier to replace the door handles, but if you find that you do not have enough room to work, please see our article on removing them; it will make the job much easier.

If you are ordering new handles, you will have to have them painted to match the exterior of the vehicle.

To begin, you will need to remove the door panel, but you do not need to remove the door component carrier. Please see our article on removing your rear door panel and complete the work there before starting this project.

While you do not need to remove the door component carrier to replace the door handles, you will have more room to work.
Figure 1

While you do not need to remove the door component carrier to replace the door handles, you will have more room to work. If it seems too impossible to perform this project without removing the door component carriers, please see our article on removing them; it will make the job much easier. The interior pictures of the handle and lock were taken with the carrier removed, as there is no other possible way to get photographs. Begin by carefully peeling back the foam membrane (red arrow).

Look inside the upper rear section of the door between the outer and inner skin.
Figure 2

Look inside the upper rear section of the door between the outer and inner skin. You will see a small Teflon clip with the door lock pull in it. Take a small flathead screwdriver and push the plastic towards the outer skin and off the pull rod (red arrow).

You can slip the pull rod out from the door handle (red arrow).
Figure 3

You can slip the pull rod out from the door handle (red arrow).

The exterior section of the handle is held in place by a plastic bracket with a sliding lock clip.
Figure 4

The exterior section of the handle is held in place by a plastic bracket with a sliding lock clip. Insert a screwdriver into the center of the bracket where there are two bends (red arrow) and push/slide the bracket towards the front of the door (yellow arrows). This will allow the two plastic posts on the handle to be slid out of the backing bracket.

Carefully move the handle and bracket until you can remove the handle out the front of the door (yellow arrow) and the bracket from the inside (red arrow).
Figure 5

Carefully move the handle and bracket until you can remove the handle out the front of the door (yellow arrow) and the bracket from the inside (red arrow).

With the bracket out of the door, you can see the two openings the posts from the handle with fit in (red arrows) and the sliding plate that locks them in place (yellow arrow).
Figure 6

With the bracket out of the door, you can see the two openings the posts from the handle with fit in (red arrows) and the sliding plate that locks them in place (yellow arrow).

This photo illustrates the rear of the handle and the two posts that will fit in the bracket (red arrows).
Figure 7

This photo illustrates the rear of the handle and the two posts that will fit in the bracket (red arrows). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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