[Biturbos4] Audi Ash tray/CD removal issue.
northrup at crazybug.com
Tue Mar 22 10:35:19 EST 2005
These are the tools I refer to at crutchfield for removing the radio:
I don't expect them to be useful for much else.
I've not tried removing the cup holder. I will have a look at the manual
and see if it says anything.
On Tue, 22 Mar 2005, Yu-Tai Chung wrote:
> 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
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> Yu-Tai Chung
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