How do I remove a 1999 A4 Avant rear bumper

Kent McLean kentmclean at
Mon Nov 7 09:03:40 PST 2011


I'm stumped. Per the manual, I've removed the four 17mm bolts under the
spare tire cover. I've removed the 2 20T torx screws inside the rear
fender wells. I also have almost twisted off the little tab under the 
bottom edge of the bumper. That's all the manual says, that's all I can

The manual then says, "Unclip bumper from bracket -4- and remove toward
rear."  Ha!  I've pulled and pushed and pulled and cussed.  I fear I'll
break something expensive (or NLA) if I pull any harder.

What's the trick to getting the bumper "unclipped"?
Or did I miss a fastener?

This is a late '99, which differs from the early '99s by that clip
and bracket.

Kent McLean
1999 A4 Avant, V6 Tiptronic
1990 200 Avant mit V8 conversion
gone: too many to count, including my first, "Bad Puppy"

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