[Biturbos4] Audi Ash tray/CD removal issue.

Yu-Tai Chung yxc165 at psu.edu
Tue Mar 22 10:26:15 EST 2005

Great advise, Thank you for posting, I do have a related question.  I have the
2000 A6 2.7T above the raido, there is the cup holder on the passenger side and
change holder on the driver side.  I know in the a4 instead of the change
holder there are buttons for fog lights etc... 

My question is have you ever taken out the cup holder or change holder? my
change holder is stuck.. the only way to get it out I tried a credit card and
slide it under the face plate and then tug on the credit card and it would
slide out easily.. but it seem to be caught on the lip of the face plate... 

So i was thinking maybe i can replace the change holder with another cup

I've seen tools that are almost like a file with curved end to remove trim ...
is this the same tool as the one on crutchfield? 



On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 23:30:43, northrup wrote:

> Hello Tom.
> Saw you posted to both the UrS4 and BiTurbo lists.   I  had a look at the 
> bently, and there is no shortcut for you, but alas, all is not as bad as 
> it seems. 
> People will tell you that removing the radio, the climate control and the 
> ash tray is a huge problem, but alas, it is not!  have no fear, but DO 
> HAVE radio removal tools.    For me, i purchased them at crutchfield.com, 
> but you can get them lots of places.   
> I actually took some pictures, but for now all i have to offer is text.  I 
> will try to locate those photos, and post them for you.
> For now, these will have to do:
> http://ctny.audiworld.com/mark/s4/boostgauge/boostgauge.html
> only thing is, at least one of these is photos is not correct.  Please 
> read.
> First, you'll need to remove the radio.  If you are like me, you are very 
> concerned about the CODE for the radio.  Fortunately, you can actually 
> remove the radio and go to the next step without disconnecting any cables.   
> This is what i did, and what i suggest.  If you konw your radio unlock 
> code, then maybe have nothing to worry about there.
> So, on with the instructions.
> Overview: you'll need to start from the radio and work your way down.  
> This is what is indicated in the manual, and it is the easiest way to do 
> what you want.  Now that i've  done it, i can probably complete this task 
> in about 10 minutes.   The first time i did it, i went very slowly, had 
> lots of bad advice, and it took me much longer because i was very 
> concnered about breaking anything.   
> 1. insert 4 radio keys into the Symphony radio, until they click.  once 
> they click you are good, or screwed, depending on how you look at it.  I 
> say this because once they click you have to pull the radio out in order 
> to retrieve your tools.   if you try this with only two tools, you'll be 
> driving around with tools in your radio, until you get another two tools!    
> I have heard some were able to do this with nail files, but i don't 
> recommend that route.   The tools are not THAT expensive, but it was 
> annoying to hvae to buy them.  
> Once the radio starts to come out,  pause and ensure everything looks 
> good.  Now, ensure the car can not roll anywhere, ebrake on, chocks if you 
> have them and move the gear shifter back. 
> Get out of the driver seat if you are sitting there, slide it foward. put 
> a cloth or something protective on it, as the radio will be sitting there 
> shortly.  You may want that cloth to drape on to the center console as 
> well to protect it from scratches.   The radio is metal.
> Now, in the passenger seat, pull the radio out some more.  You'll be able 
> to see what is locking your tools in place.  Unlock them and remove them 
> from the radio.  you won't need them again until next time. 
> Take the radio out, slowly tilt in and put it on the driver seat/center 
> console.  there should be enough slack in the wires.  If not, you'll have 
> to rig something up to hold the radio such that there is no tension.
> Now, you're looking at the top of the climate control.  There are two 
> metal tabs which you will need to push back.  see here:
> http://ctny.audiworld.com/mark/s4/boostgauge/dsc01460.jpg
> Next, the climate control needs to come out, but not all the way. If you 
> have heated seats, you'll have to release them from the panel -carefully. 
> these have very thin metal clips that are easy to damage.
> To get the climate control out, DO NOT DO THIS:
> http://ctny.audiworld.com/mark/s4/boostgauge/dsc01462.jpg
> Instead the bently manual specificaly states to reach your hand in behind 
> the radio and with a few fingers placed in the middle, just pull it toward 
> the rear of the car.  The climate control may not move at first, but a 
> little libral pressure and it should come right out as designed by Audi 
> engineers.  Peice of cake.
> You can easily and without cncern take out the connectors in the back of 
> the climate control and remove the assembly.  each of them are keyed and 
> can only fit in one place. 
> Now, at this stage, you sohuld have complete access to the ash tray.  
> resolve your CD issue.
> Note: while yo have the climate control out, if the buttons are not 
> operating perfectly, now is the time to clean it.   Too often people say 
> to spray solvent and other goo into the buttons to clean out the crud that 
> is inside.   A 6 MM torx driver will remove the front panel.  Take that 
> panel off and let it sit in hot water (i left mine over night). It's just 
> plastic and aluminum. nothing to rust.    Upon reassembly, every button 
> clicks beautifly, as it did when the car was new. 
> Reassemble in reverse order (Though i recommend sitting the radio back in 
> it's slot and not leaving it on the seat for a long period of time. note 
> that you can wait to click everything back into the final resting location 
> until the last minute.  
> Anyway, i can have this whole area removed in less time then it took me to 
> type this out, and I type pretty quickly :)  It's not a big deal, you just 
> need those radio keys and a small flat head screwdriver to resolve your CD 
> issue.
> Be well, and let me know if you have any questions.
> wilson '00s4
> _______________________________________________
> Biturbos4 mailing list
> Biturbos4 at www.audifans.com
> http://www.audifans.com/mailman/listinfo/biturbos4

Yu-Tai Chung
23 Carnegie Bldg
University Park, Pa

More information about the Biturbos4 mailing list