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mk6 Jetta/GLI interior trim removal guide

I spent a little bit of time today removing my trim so I could refinish it in silver carbon fiber. I figured I’d take some pictures and document the process for anyone else who was interested in removing/replacing their interior trim.

The Jetta and GLI trim is interchangeable, so the guide should be the same for both. The Golf/GTI is slightly different interior trim, in both shape and size, but I’d assume the tabs and removal process will be very similar.

Tools needed:
1) small electronics screwdriver
2) t20 torx bit screwdriver
3) masking tape

Estimated time required:
45 minutes

Lets start with the tools needed. I prefer a small screwdriver over a regular one because the space I’m trying to wedge into is very tight. A regular sized screwdriver has a tough time getting in there, where as a small one works perfectly. I like to put some masking tape on the end of the screwdriver so I don’t scratch anything. The torx screwdriver is needed to drop the glovebox.

Start by putting a bit of the masking tape on the end of your screwdriver. This will prevent it from scratching any of the plastic on your trim or the door card.

Just fold it over a few times so that it is not too thick. Tear away any extra masking tape.

I like to start on the rear doors when I’m removing trim for the first time. This way, if I screw anything up, it won’t be more noticeable from the front seats. Take the freshly taped screw driver and wedge it in the top corner of the trim and the door card.

Lift it up slightly. This can be a bit tricky and it might feel like the trim is going to break. Just go slow and keep at it until you can get your fingers under there.

Once you’ve got it up enough to get your fingers under the trim, start pulling gently. Use one hand on the top of the trim and the other hand on the bottom of the trim and eventually it will pull one of the tabs free. Once you’ve felt the first tab come free, work your way down to the next tab.

There are four tabs total. Just keep moving down to the rear of the piece as each tab comes free. Be sure you use a hand on the top and the bottom of the trim when pulling (I could only use one hand, I needed to use my other to snap the picture).

Eventually the piece will come free. You can see the locations of the tabs here.

One thing to take note of: sometimes the clips that are in the door will stay on the trim. Be aware of this and don’t lose the clips or your trim will not reinstall properly and could possibly rattle.

That clip should be in the door card like this.

If one of your clips does stay with the trim, just remove it and push it back into place.

Thats all there is to removing the door pieces. Repeat the steps for the remaining doors and get ready to do the dash.

You’ll need to remove your headlight switch first.

Start with the switch in the off position.

From there, you’re going to push in slightly. The switch will stop when you’ve pushed in far enough.

It doesn’t need to be pushed in very far, maybe 2-3mm at most.

While still pushing in, you’re going to turn the switch about halfway between off and on. Again, it will stop when you’ve gone far enough.

Doesn’t need to get turned very far.

From there, you can pull the switch free.

The turning mechanism retracts a small latch that keeps the switch in place.

Once you’ve got the switch out, you press the small tab here to get the wiring off.

With the switch out, use two fingers under the bottom left side of the piece and pull out. The trim is only held in with two tabs and should come out very easily.

Now we need to drop the glove box.

Do not attempt to remove the dash trim by pulling it out. You will bend (and possibly break) the trim. It is held in with torx screws, so the glove box must be dropped to get access to the back of the trim to remove the screws.

Start by removing the fuse box cover. Use your taped up small screw driver and start at the bottom.

Work your way up and 2 of the 3 tabs that hold it in place will come free. You can pull it off with your hands after that.

Next remove the torx screw inside the fuse box cover.

Then open up the glove box and remove the torx screws that are just below the trim on the inside of the glove box. They are recessed about 3-4 inches.

There are two more torx screws at the base of the glove box that need to be removed as well. One on the very left and one on the very right. Once these last two torx screws are removed, you should be able to drop the glove box.

You’ll need to disconnect the wiring harness that powers the glove box light. You can do this by pressing in the tabs on the top and bottom.

With the glove box fully dropped, you finally have access to the 3 torx screws on the back of the trim. Remove them and the dash trim will be free.

To reassemble the glove box, repeat the steps in reverse order. There are some tabs on the left of the glove box that will act as a guideline and will hold it in place while you’re redoing the torx screws. With these tabs inserted correctly, the glove box should be able to stay up on its own without any torx screws in.

Thats it! You’re done, and your new oCarbon trim is ready to be installed.

d2 a8/s8 trim removal guide

D2 A8/S8 Trim Removal Guide

Big thanks to Adam from Adam’s Rotors for taking the time to document his trim swap from wood trim to an oCarbon carbon fiber trim set.  You can check out his sweet S8 project over on Audizine here.  The man has proven yet again he knows how to build out cars.

Before you start your own removal, make sure you read through this guide in its entirety.  It is also advised that you read the supplementary Audipages.com guides.

Audipages.com detailed armrest removal

Audipages.com trim removal guide

Tools needed:

  • Flathead screwdriver (or a plastic trim tool)
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Small torx screwdriver
  • 5mm and 6mm allen keys

Time required: 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

The full kit all laid out.  4 door pieces, 2 dash pieces, radio surround, shifter, ashtray cover, small cubby cover, large cubby cover, ebrake cover, and rear HVAC cover.  Thirteen total pieces.

We’ll start with the easiest pieces.  The rear door pieces are very simple, just wedge your flat head screw driver (or plastic trim tool) under the piece.  Pry back gently and the tabs will release.  There are tabs all along the door, so just work your way from the rear of the piece to the front until it is removed.

Replace it with the new piece in a similar manner, starting at the rear inserting each tab and making sure it is secure before moving to the next.

Repeat the same process with the front doors.

For the rear HVAC cover, remove the cigarette lighter first.  Same principle with this piece as the door pieces.  Wedge your screwdriver under the piece and pry it out.

Once the original HVAC piece has been removed, you’ll see what you need to do next.

There are several small clips that need to be popped out with a small screw driver.

Once the clips have been removed, you can swap the plastic housing to the new piece and reattach the clips.

Push the HVAC cover back into place.

The ebrake cover lifts right out, however once it is removed, you’ll see that it needs to be “broken” to remove the wood piece from the plastic bottom.  There are three small rivets that keep it in place that must be popped off.  There is a small chance you’ll be able to maintain the rivets, but be prepared to use an adhesive to help secure the new piece to the original plastic bottom.

Pop the post in between the armrests off by inserting your screwdriver under it and gently prying up.  This will expose the allen screw.  Unscrew the allen screw completely and remove.  There is a tapered bracket support for the armrest holding it in place, so you’re going to need to knock it a few times to get it lose.  More information about this step can be found in the supplemental Audipages.com guide.

Audipages.com detailed armrest removal

Once your armrest is completely removed, the wood piece just pulls right out.  It is held in with the same types of tabs as the door pieces.

Although not pictured, the radio surround piece is held in with the exact same tabs.  If you put the shifter in neutral and reach your hands underneath the piece, you can feel the bottom edge at the back of the piece.  Just pull this forward and the bottom tabs will release.  Keep pulling gently and the top tabs will release as well.  Remove the tabs attached to the switches, and use your torx screwdriver to remove the hazard trim.  Consult the Audipages.com guide if you have trouble with this step:

Audipages.com trim removal guide

Up next is the shifter piece.  On each side of this piece, there are two screws on each side holding the mounting bracket for the shifter piece in place.  If you peel away the carpeting that is along the side of the center console, you’ll see these hex screws.  Remove the screws, and the shifter plate assembly will pull right out.  If you get lost on this step, consult the Audipages.com guide:

Audipages.com trim removal guide

Once the shifter plate is out, you can remove the screws that hold the rubber bit that sits along the chrome.

The ashtray is somewhat tricky, but simple at the same time.   Do not over complicate this step.   It is held on with little plastic posts on a track. With the ashtray slightly open, rock the piece slightly towards the front of the car.  You’ll feel it disengage.  Then slide the cover back towards the rear of the car and lift it out.  You might have to play with it a little bit to get it right.

Once the cover is out, you’ll have to remove the plastic tracks from the original piece and put them on your new piece.  They just slide off as well.

This compartment is held on by two phillips head screws.

Remove them both.

Detach the wiring by pressing in the tab.

Once the cubby is completely out of the car, you’ll see that it is held in by three small screws.

Almost done.  For the dash piece, you’ll need to open the glove box to get access to the vent.

When you open the glove box, you instinct will tell you to unscrew these two hex screws, but these are not the ones to remove.  It is actually the one that is in between the two, slightly below them.  Once you remove this screw, the vent will pull out.

With the vent removed, you need to remove a c-clip that is holding the a bolt and nut in the back of the trim right where Adam’s finger is pointing above.  The nut does not need to be unscrewed, as once the c-clip is removed, the piece will slide out completely.  There is a small hinge on the left side of the dash piece, so there is nothing to remove on that side.

The small dash piece is very similar, except on this side you’re going to have to remove the large plastic piece that is in the same spot as the glove box.  Pop off the small long plastic piece pictured above to expose two hex screws.  There are also two more screws at the base of this large plastic piece  that need to be removed as well.  Once this piece is off, you’ll have to remove the vent in the exact same fashion as the previous vent.  Once the vent is out, remove the exact same c-clamp and the small dash piece will pop right out.

Once again, if you have trouble with the dash pieces, check out the Audipages.com guide:

Audipages.com trim removal guide

B6/B7 Front Ashtray Removal Guide

Lately I’ve had some customers have some trouble removing the front ashtray covers on their B6/B7 Audis, so I figured I would write up a little guide.  I think people tend to over complicate this step of the trim removal when it is actually quite simple.  Before we start, let me stress that you do not need to remove the whole ashtray from the car to remove the ashtray cover.  I have just done that for this guide because it will make it much easier to photograph.

B6/B7 Front Ashtray Cover Removal

Tools needed:

  • Strong thumbs

Time required: 60 seconds

Difficulty: Super easy

First we will start with the rear ashtray because it works on the same principle as the front ashtray, but you can actually see the bottom of it.

Both ashtray covers have these pegs in them (the front ashtray has 3 of them, the rear ashtray has 2 of them).  Both lids have teeth that grasp the pegs and hold them in place.

On the rear ashtray you have to slide the cover forward while lifting up the tab.  This will unhook the teeth from the pegs and set the cover free.

Here you see the rear ashtray off of the lid.  The front ashtray bottom looks almost identical.

On to the front ashtray.  With the ashtray open, you can see the separation of the lid and the cover.  The goal is to use your thumbs on the lid to push it inward and use your fingers on the ashtray cover to slide it forward in the opposite direction.

So grip the ashtray like this (use both hands, I could only use one because I needed the other to take the picture) and move your thumbs in and pull your fingers towards you.

If you’ve done it correctly, you’ll free the pegs on the ashtray cover from the teeth on the lid.

Close the ashtray, and you should be able to just pull it straight up and out.

With the ashtray cover off, you can see the pegs and the teeth.

One last picture for reference: a lot of people assume they are removing the whole top of the ashtray, but as you can see from this image, that isn’t the case.  The lid that opens and closes remains connected to the ashtray assembly, you are just removing the decorative cover.

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.

B8 A4/S4 Trim Removal Guide

B8 A4/S4 Trim Removal Guide

Tools needed:

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Hook tool
  • Socket set
  • Hex keys

Time required: 1 hour

Difficulty: Moderate

Start with the door pieces.  Using your screwdriver, gently wedge it between the door and the trim and slowly pry the tabs free.  Start at the rear of the piece, working your way towards the doorhandles.

To reinstall the door pieces, stick the end with the two teeth back into place.  Guide them into the door handle plastic.

Work your way to the rear of the piece, pushing back each tab into place before moving onto the next one.

Be mindful of the hook tab on the rear of the piece.

The dash piece is the easiest piece, using screwdriver like you did on the door pieces, pop out the three tabs.  Reinstallation is just as easy.

Now comes the fun part.  The center console seems difficult, but it is just time consuming.  If you take your time and do it slowly it will be a breeze.

Start with your hook tool and wedge it under the climate control unit.  Carefully pull this edge free.

Once you get this edge free, do the same on the other side.

Now pull the climate control unit free.

Set the unit off to the side.

Next, press your finger onto the tab located here, and use a pry tool to work the shifter surround up.

Do the same on the other side.

Slowly and carefully work your way down the shifter until it’s free.

Lift it up until you expose the two screws that hold the ashtray in place.

Remove them with the socket wrench and pull the ashtray up and out.

Up next are the screws that hold the center console in place.   Be sure to get the screw on the drivers side as well.

Life up the shifter surround.

Now get the screws at the base of the shifter piece.  Again, there is one on each side.

Move to the backseat and wedge the screwdriver to pry off the rear vent cover.

Pop off this clip on the right side of the vent.

There is a screw on the opposite side of the clip that needs to be removed.

There are also two screws in the top of the vent that need to be removed as well.

The lower ashtray can be pried off next.

This exposes two screws at the base of the console that need to be removed.

Pull off the base of the armrest.

Remove the two hex screws and pull the armrest free.

Lift up the console.

Last but not least, once the console is off, flip it over.  All you have to do now is remove the final 8 hex screws.

That is it.  Seems a lot harder than it is.  Do the exact same thing in reverse and your interior will be back together in no time.

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