[A4] [Biturbos4] Interior door handle broken? -> floppy drink holder

Phil Yee philter at myway.com
Wed Mar 25 08:12:46 PDT 2009


Last night I dug into my drink holder, to jog my memory . . . and I broke off the clips!!  A little more glue, and it'll be fine again.  I remember doing the same the first time around, years ago.  Ah, the price to pay in order to add to the greater good of audifans.com . . .

Removing the Drink Holder (2001 B5, top console has 3 buttons on left, hazzard in middle, drink holder on right).
1 - Carefully pry out the trim surrounding the top console.  There are 6 little metal clips that are bonded onto the console trim, and they are likely to break off due to the age of the parts, and the nature of interior plastic parts.  This comes out straight, in the direction that the drink holder moves.
2 - Just above the drink holder (now exposed), there are two gray sheetmetal spring clips.  Remove the clips and the drink holder should release freely.
3 - Glue the 6 clips back to the top console trim, because they're probably busted.
4 - Pop it all back in.


-----Original Message-----
From: "Phil Yee" [philter at myway.com]
Date: 03/24/2009 03:38 PM
To: rnhurt at gmail.com, philter at myway.com
Subject: Re: [A4] [Biturbos4] Interior door handle broken? -> floppy drink 	holder

It's been a few years.  I'll revisit it again tonight and let you know.

One thing I did remember is that the spring rides with the carriage, and the T pocket is in back of the whole package.  My orig email had it backwards.


-----Original Message-----
From: "Richard Hurt" [rnhurt at gmail.com]
Date: 03/24/2009 03:10 PM
To: "Phil Yee" <philter at myway.com>
Subject: Re: [A4] [Biturbos4] Interior door handle broken? -> floppy drink 


Thanks for the info.  How did you get the package out in the first place?  Is there some type of hook release or did you just pull it up?  Its good to know that 


On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 5:17 PM, Phil Yee <philter at myway.com> wrote:

This happened to me, on a B5 car.  When you pull out the drink holder entirely, its quite a long rectangular package.  In the back, there is a "constant force" spring, and it looks like long strip of metal rolled up.  The attachment point to the carriage (the whole mechanisam that slides back and forth) is pretty weak.  I was able to carefully take it apart and reattach it with a bit glue.  The end of the flat metal spring looks like a T, and that slides into a T shaped pocket.  I cant remember, but I think I added a thin strip of plastic (mylar sheet?) to stick over the T shaped pocket, in order to keep the spring in there - a bit of delicate d*cking around with it, but it wasnt too hard.  Good Luck.


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Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 13:49:17 -0400
From: Richard Hurt <rnhurt at gmail.com>
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OK, while were fixing internal floppy things I have a question about the
center console cup-holders on a 98.  A while back the spring broke and now
I have to open/close them manually.  Its not hard to do but it is a pain in
the rear.  Anyone have any experience R&Ring them?  Can I just super-glue
whatever broke and get on with my drink life?


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