B8 A4/S4 Trim Removal Guide
- Flathead screwdriver
- Hook tool
- Socket set
- Hex keys
Time required: 1 hour
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.