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Audi A4 Front Door Panels Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Audi A4 Front Door Panels Switch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$10 to $250

Talent:

*

Tools:

T20 Torx, small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

New switches

Hot Tip:

Get some spare door clips

Performance Gain:

Windows and mirrors that work

Complementary Modification:

Replace broken door clips

The Audi A4 came with different options and therefore different switches to control the different systems. The one thing they have in common is, if the switches fail, you must remove the door panel to get access to them for replacement.

Please see our article on front door panel removal for additional information.

There are three areas of the door panel that you will need to access to replace switches: the door pull or handle (red arrow), the arm rest (yellow arrow) and the map pocket (green arrow).
Figure 1

There are three areas of the door panel that you will need to access to replace switches: the door pull or handle (red arrow), the arm rest (yellow arrow) and the map pocket (green arrow).

To remove the door lock switch by the handle, you will need to first push in the small tab on the wiring connection (red arrow) and then pull the connection straight back from the switch.
Figure 2

To remove the door lock switch by the handle, you will need to first push in the small tab on the wiring connection (red arrow) and then pull the connection straight back from the switch.

The switch is held in place by two small tabs on the top and bottom.
Figure 3

The switch is held in place by two small tabs on the top and bottom. Insert a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the switch forward (red arrow) and out. Installation is the reverse of removal.

There are two switches in the arm rest, one for the windows and one for the power mirror.
Figure 4

There are two switches in the arm rest, one for the windows and one for the power mirror. Begin by using a small flathead screwdriver and push in the tabs on the connectors for the mirror (red arrow) and window (yellow arrow) and separate the connections.

While it may be possible to replace the armrest switches without removing the arm rest, I do not recommend it.
Figure 5

While it may be possible to replace the armrest switches without removing the arm rest, I do not recommend it. The tabs holding the switches in place are very small and get very brittle over the years. Take a few extra minutes and remove the nine T20 Torx screws (red arrows) holding the arm rest to the door panel. It will make things much easier and may prevent you from damaging one of the components.

With the armrest off, it is much easier to remove the switches.
Figure 6

With the armrest off, it is much easier to remove the switches. To remove the window switch, insert a small flathead screwdriver between the switch and mount and release the tabs (red arrows). Gently pry the switch out.

The switch will come out back towards you (red arrow).
Figure 7

The switch will come out back towards you (red arrow).

The mirror switch is held in place by two small tabs.
Figure 8

The mirror switch is held in place by two small tabs. Insert a small flathead screwdriver and gently release the tabs (red arrows) and pull the switch back towards you (yellow arrow).

This photo illustrates how small the tabs are (red arrow).
Figure 9

This photo illustrates how small the tabs are (red arrow).

Depending on the options on your car will depend on the switches you have in the map pocket area.
Figure 10

Depending on the options on your car will depend on the switches you have in the map pocket area. Begin by using a small flathead screwdriver and releasing the tabs on the connections and separating the wiring from the switches (red arrows).

With the wiring disconnected, you can remove the switch mount form the door panel by gently pushing on the tabs (red arrows) and sliding the mount forward.
Figure 11

With the wiring disconnected, you can remove the switch mount form the door panel by gently pushing on the tabs (red arrows) and sliding the mount forward.

With the mount out, you will have an easier time removing the switches.
Figure 12

With the mount out, you will have an easier time removing the switches. Just like the window switch, use a small flathead screwdriver and insert it between the mount and the tabs (red arrows) and push the switches out. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Dan Comments: I'm looking for the lock switch cover for my 2010 Avant. Drivers door.
Any suggestions?
October 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We should be able to get you one. I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
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