A3 Trim Removal Guide

A3 Trim Removal Guide

Tools needed:

Time required: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

To remove the 4 door pieces use a flat head screw driver (or interior trim tools) to get under the trim at the end of each piece and slowly pry it out.  Each of these pieces has 3 push tabs on the back, so once you pull out the tab closest to the rear of the piece, slip your fingers in behind it and carefully pull out each of the remaining tabs working towards the front of the piece.  Be careful not to bend the piece.  Pull back towards the back of the car to unhook the last large tab.

To remove the shifter piece, start by pulling up on the shift boot.  This will pop up the chrome ring.

Pull up  the ring and the  boot.

Work your fingers under the shifter trim at the base of the piece and carefully pull up.  Work your way around the shifter until all the tabs are out.

Twist the shifter trim and work it around the shift knob until it is free.

The ashtray is held in with two torx screws.  Remove the screws, lift up your shifter and the tray will slide forward, up, and out.

That is all there is to it.  Now you’re ready to swap in your new trim.

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