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Audi A4 Rear Interior Panel Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Audi A4 Rear Interior Panel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, T30 Torx, 10mm socket or wrench

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Trim clips

Hot Tip:

Always lever off gently

Performance Gain:

Freshen up interior appearance

Complementary Modification:

Detail the spare

If you need to remove the rear bumper you will need to remove the rear inner panels. These panels can also get pretty torn up from stuff you haul around in the back and new panels can really freshen up the look of your vehicle. This article will show you how to remove both the left and right sections along with the lock carrier piece.

Begin by removing the trunk cover or carpet that covers the rear compartment (red arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by removing the trunk cover or carpet that covers the rear compartment (red arrow). It simply pulls up and out of the trunk.

To remove the side interior pieces, you will need to first remove the lock carrier or hard plastic piece that protects the lock.
Figure 2

To remove the side interior pieces, you will need to first remove the lock carrier or hard plastic piece that protects the lock. Move the spare tire out of the way. Using a 10mm socket, remove the two nuts at the base of the trim piece (red arrows).

Lift the trim piece straight up off the rear chassis section (red arrow).
Figure 3

Lift the trim piece straight up off the rear chassis section (red arrow). There are a series of clips in the trim piece that sit in openings in the chassis (yellow arrows).

Disconnect the wiring from the trunk light and remove the piece form the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 4

Disconnect the wiring from the trunk light and remove the piece form the vehicle (red arrow).

The left and right side pieces are removed in the same manner with the exceptions pointed out below.
Figure 5

The left and right side pieces are removed in the same manner with the exceptions pointed out below. The left and right side are held in place by two of the hold down brackets (red arrows). The left side also has a push pull pin on the upper section (yellow arrow).

Use a T30 Torx and remove the four screws holding the two tie down brackets in place (red arrows).
Figure 6

Use a T30 Torx and remove the four screws holding the two tie down brackets in place (red arrows).

Remove the rear storage compartment on the left side by tilting it towards the center of the trunk and pulling up (red arrow).
Figure 7

Remove the rear storage compartment on the left side by tilting it towards the center of the trunk and pulling up (red arrow).

Use a trim removal tool or your hands and work the trim piece away from the chassis.
Figure 8

Use a trim removal tool or your hands and work the trim piece away from the chassis. The trim is held in place by a series of clips; some of the clips will come out with the trim piece (red arrows). Some of them will stay in the chassis (yellow arrows).

If any clips stay in the chassis, use some needle nose pliers and simply pull them out and reinsert them back into the plastic in the trim piece.
Figure 9

If any clips stay in the chassis, use some needle nose pliers and simply pull them out and reinsert them back into the plastic in the trim piece.

Separate the trim from the rest of the chassis remembering to remove the push pull clip on the top section.
Figure 10

Separate the trim from the rest of the chassis remembering to remove the push pull clip on the top section. You will need to remove the rear seats to completely remove the trim panel. Please see our article on seat removal for addition assistance. With the seat removed you can slip the trim panel out from the plastic trim panel and over the seat mount (red arrows).

You can now completely remove the panel from the vehicle.
Figure 11

You can now completely remove the panel from the vehicle. On the upper section you clear where the push pull pin goes (red arrow), while there is a small opening that you must clear at the bottom (yellow arrow).

The right side panel is the same procedure with the exception that it does not have a storage compartment and there is a power outlet.
Figure 12

The right side panel is the same procedure with the exception that it does not have a storage compartment and there is a power outlet. With the panel separated from the chassis, you can get access to the rear of the power outlet. Separate the wiring by squeezing in the clips and pulling the connection straight back (red arrow).

With the wiring connection (yellow arrow) separated from the outlet (red arrow), you can remove the panel from the vehicle.
Figure 13

With the wiring connection (yellow arrow) separated from the outlet (red arrow), you can remove the panel from the vehicle. Installation is the reverse of removal.





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