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Removing Your Audi A4 Center Console
 
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Removing Your Audi A4 Center Console

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$400

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T20 Torx, 13mm, 8mm socket, small flathead and Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

New console

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to pinch wires when reinstalling

Performance Gain:

Faster looking car

Complementary Modification:

New shifter knob

There are lots of reasons for removing the center console including running new wires for a stereo or navigation system and working on the parking brake handle or shift mechanism.

If you are replacing the center console with a new unit please make sure to check the VIN number and color codes on your vehicle. The center consoles are a special order part and usually non-returnable.

Begin by removing the battery cover and disconnecting the ground or negative cable from the battery (red arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by removing the battery cover and disconnecting the ground or negative cable from the battery (red arrow). Make sure the cable cannot come in contact with the post while you are working.

Remove the rear ash tray, 13mm nut and arm rest (red arrow).
Figure 2

Remove the rear ash tray, 13mm nut and arm rest (red arrow). Please see our article on arm rest replacement for additional assistance.

Unclip the rear trim piece by releasing the tabs on each side (red arrows).
Figure 3

Unclip the rear trim piece by releasing the tabs on each side (red arrows).

Disconnect the wiring connections from the trim piece (red arrow).
Figure 4

Disconnect the wiring connections from the trim piece (red arrow).

Use a 13mm socket and remove the two bolts on the rear of the console (red arrows).
Figure 5

Use a 13mm socket and remove the two bolts on the rear of the console (red arrows).

Use a trim removal tool or very small flathead screwdriver and gently pry up the curved trim piece under the parking brake handle (red arrow).
Figure 6

Use a trim removal tool or very small flathead screwdriver and gently pry up the curved trim piece under the parking brake handle (red arrow).

Remove the two Philips head screws connecting the console to the support bracket (red arrows).
Figure 7

Remove the two Philips head screws connecting the console to the support bracket (red arrows).

Unclip the consoles tabs (red arrows) from the support bracket (yellow arrow).
Figure 8

Unclip the consoles tabs (red arrows) from the support bracket (yellow arrow).

Remove the foam piece and disconnect the wiring for the cigarette lighter (red arrow).
Figure 9

Remove the foam piece and disconnect the wiring for the cigarette lighter (red arrow).

Use a small flathead screwdriver and slip it between the parking brake handle and the trim piece (red arrow).
Figure 10

Use a small flathead screwdriver and slip it between the parking brake handle and the trim piece (red arrow). There is a small metal tab on the bottom of the handle that you want to gently pry down to release the clasp and pull the handle straight off.

With the handle off you can better see the small metal tab you are trying to unhook from the handle shaft (red arrow).
Figure 11

With the handle off you can better see the small metal tab you are trying to unhook from the handle shaft (red arrow).

Slide the brake handle trim piece forward and off the mechanism.
Figure 12

Slide the brake handle trim piece forward and off the mechanism. It is just held in place by friction and the track on the rear of it (red arrow).

Remove the radio unit by using the four radio removal tools (red arrows).
Figure 13

Remove the radio unit by using the four radio removal tools (red arrows). Please see our article on radio removal for additional assistance.

Remove the climate control unit and disconnect the wiring (red arrow).
Figure 14

Remove the climate control unit and disconnect the wiring (red arrow). Please see our article on climate control removal for further information.

Open the ashtray and gently pry up and remove the trim piece around the shift mechanism (red arrow).
Figure 15

Open the ashtray and gently pry up and remove the trim piece around the shift mechanism (red arrow). Note: the shift knob is removed in these pictures but you do NOT need to remove it for this project.

Use an 8mm socket and remove the two bolts on the ashtray trim piece (red arrows).
Figure 16

Use an 8mm socket and remove the two bolts on the ashtray trim piece (red arrows).

Pull the ashtray out, flip it over and disconnect the wiring connection (red arrow).
Figure 17

Pull the ashtray out, flip it over and disconnect the wiring connection (red arrow).

Remove the four 8mm bolts around the shift mechanism (red arrows).
Figure 18

Remove the four 8mm bolts around the shift mechanism (red arrows).

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the upper center trim piece away from the console (red arrow).
Figure 19

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the upper center trim piece away from the console (red arrow).

Remove the two 8mm bolts below the cup holders (red arrows).
Figure 20

Remove the two 8mm bolts below the cup holders (red arrows).

Remove the two 8mm bolts below where the climate control unit mounts (red arrows).
Figure 21

Remove the two 8mm bolts below where the climate control unit mounts (red arrows).

Remove the trim pieces and using an 8mm socket remove the forward foot well bolt (red arrow, one on each side).
Figure 22

Remove the trim pieces and using an 8mm socket remove the forward foot well bolt (red arrow, one on each side).

You can now remove the console by lifting it up and sliding it back (red arrow).
Figure 23

You can now remove the console by lifting it up and sliding it back (red arrow).

With the console removed you have access to all the systems under it as well as all of the junk that has fallen into it over the years.
Figure 24

With the console removed you have access to all the systems under it as well as all of the junk that has fallen into it over the years. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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