Door panel removal how-to/tech article
I performed this on a 95 Audi A6 sedan door panel removal:
As most people, I have searched for how to remove the door panel from my 1995 Audi A6. There closet was another great article over at AUDIWORLD.COM (I believe) about how to "Replace plastic window guides, lube rails". Though it left me completely in the dark, it did help me figure it out. Using SOME of their information as a guideline, below is how I took it apart to diagnose the power window issue (broken cable):
#1/#2 Phillips screw driver
Small Regular Screw Driver
One normal regular screw driver
Razor knife or blade or a sharp knife of some form
1) Remove the two top phillips screws, one at the front and the other one at the back of the door.
2) On the bottom side of the arm rest, towards the front, there is a little hole. This is an access hole to a plastic retaining clip that must be pushed up in order to grant you access to two out of three screws that are holding the door panel on. Using a small screw driver, push up on the retaining clip and lightly pull on the door handle part of the arm rest with the other screw driver. It should fall into two pieces fairly easily. NOTE: You may NOT need the other screw driver to do this.
3) Remove the two Phillips screws that are now viable in the door handle part of the arm rest
4) Remove the door handle part of the arm rest
5) Remove the plastic cover that used to be around the top door handle part of the arm rest
6) Remove the power wire off of the window switch
7) Slide the power window switch/door handle housing over and down. This should pop out to where you can easily remove the door lock/latch mechanism away from the handle. There is a little rectangular retaining clip for the door cable there you will need to remove with a little screw driver. Don't loose it (mine was missing), or you will not be able to open to the door from the inside.
8) In the space revealed by removing the door handle cover and window switch, there will be a "U" shaped indention that has a piece of leather over it. Cut the piece of leather in half revealing the third and last Phillips screw. Remove it
9) Pull up on the door panel and it will EASILY detach itself from the door.
If you need to remove a rear door panel, it is pretty much the same. However, steps 5-6 are different, as the panel is one piece vice two. You will need to push the power window switch OUT using the little screw driver to slightly open up the "clips" (which are little nubs that fit over the back side of the switch) holding it in place. It is really easy to do, just don't to carried away or you may break the clips holding the switch in place..
The drivers side is pretty much the same. Except for the command switches. It comes out with the small screw driver, lightly pushing the backside of the command switches and pulling up. The plugs come off rather easily as well. PLUS, they are color coded making it super easy to put back on.
NOTE: I am not a true mechanic. SO, use this info at your own risk.
Last edited by ChrisG3b; 07-06-2009 at 05:48 PM.
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