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Removing Your Audi A4 Front Door Panels
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Audi A4 Front Door Panels

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$1000

Talent:

*

Tools:

Philips head screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

New door panel

Hot Tip:

Get some spare door clips

Performance Gain:

Doors that work

Complementary Modification:

Replace switches

Over the life of your Audi A4, the doors will take a tremendous amount of abuse and sooner or later something will fail. If you need to service your doors mechanicals or want to freshen up the appearance with new trim, you will need to remove the door panel.

The factory replacement door panels are very expensive, so if you are going to order a new panel, make sure that you have the vehicle VIN number and that the interior color is correct. The panels are usually non-returnable.

Before you begin, you should park the car on as level ground as possible. Nothing is more frustrating than working on the door while it is trying to swing open or closed. Also, if you are going to be working on your own car, it is a good idea to purchase a set of trim removal tools. They are a set of hard yet flexible plastic tools of different shapes and sizes that are used in removing trim pieces. They work a lot better than a flathead screwdriver and there is nothing worse than ruining a "do-it-yourself" project by scratching up your car or damaging expensive interior pieces. Pelican sells a full line of these tool sets for under $20.

There are three areas on the door panel where you will need to remove Philips head screws: the first is under the trim piece (red arrows), the second is under the doors pulls in the arm rest (yellow arrow) and the third is the single screw on the bottom center of the panel (green arrow).
Figure 1

There are three areas on the door panel where you will need to remove Philips head screws: the first is under the trim piece (red arrows), the second is under the doors pulls in the arm rest (yellow arrow) and the third is the single screw on the bottom center of the panel (green arrow).

Begin by using a trim removal tool and gently prying the trim piece from around the front of the door (red arrows).
Figure 2

Begin by using a trim removal tool and gently prying the trim piece from around the front of the door (red arrows).

Pull the five plastic snaps out (red arrows) from the front section of the trim piece.
Figure 3

Pull the five plastic snaps out (red arrows) from the front section of the trim piece. The rear section has a hook that slides into the frame (yellow arrow). Once you have the five snaps free, slide the trim piece towards the front of the door; this will allow the hook to slide out from the opening in the door. Do not try and pull this straight out like the other fasteners, as you can break the trim piece that way.

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the three screws (red arrows) behind the trim panel.
Figure 4

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the three screws (red arrows) behind the trim panel.

On the driver side only there is a trim piece covering the access to the two Philips head screws in the door armrest.
Figure 5

On the driver side only there is a trim piece covering the access to the two Philips head screws in the door armrest. Use a trim removal tool and carefully pry up and remove the trim piece (red arrow).

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws in the armrest opening (red arrows).
Figure 6

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws in the armrest opening (red arrows). The passenger side is similar to the rear door panels and just has a single screw under the armrest.

Remove the single Philips head screw on the lower center of the door panel (red arrow).
Figure 7

Remove the single Philips head screw on the lower center of the door panel (red arrow).

Use a trim removal tool or just your hands and starting at the lower corner separate the door panel from the door by pulling it out and away (red arrows).
Figure 8

Use a trim removal tool or just your hands and starting at the lower corner separate the door panel from the door by pulling it out and away (red arrows).

With the door snaps released, pull and wiggle the door panel up and out of the groove it sits in on the top of the door ledge (red arrows).
Figure 9

With the door snaps released, pull and wiggle the door panel up and out of the groove it sits in on the top of the door ledge (red arrows).

Reach between the panel and door and unclip the door release cable from the holder (red arrow) and remove the hooked end from the door handle (yellow arrow).
Figure 10

Reach between the panel and door and unclip the door release cable from the holder (red arrow) and remove the hooked end from the door handle (yellow arrow).

Carefully peel back the membrane on the door to give you access to the wiring connections (red arrow).
Figure 11

Carefully peel back the membrane on the door to give you access to the wiring connections (red arrow).

Disconnect the main electrical connection form the power window motor (red arrow) and the speaker connection from the speaker (yellow arrow).
Figure 12

Disconnect the main electrical connection form the power window motor (red arrow) and the speaker connection from the speaker (yellow arrow). Now the panel will be free from the door.

This photo illustrates the rear of the door panel.
Figure 13

This photo illustrates the rear of the door panel. You can see the six clips that help hold the panel to the door (red arrow). Note that a bunch of our clips broke or were missing. It is always a good idea to have extra door clips on hand when removing the panel, as these do have a tendency to break. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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