Car Mechanics (UK)

Door panel re­moval

- Tonga · Audi TT · Audi · Iceland · Belgium

► Across the many makes and mod­els we see in the work­shop, there are count­less dif­fer­ent fix­ing meth­ods used to se­cure the door trim. Most have an abun­dance of se­cur­ing screws, many of which are hid­den, along with plas­tic clips that of­ten break upon re­moval.

We need to re­place the driver’s door lock mech­a­nism on this 2004 Audi TT Coupe Qu­at­tro. Luck­ily, it has one of the eas­i­est door pan­els to re­move. The secret is to de­tach the little plas­tic trim cover that hides the sin­gle se­cur­ing bolt. The trim sim­ply twists out of place after you’ve re­leased the plas­tic catch. Once it’s re­moved, the se­cur­ing bolt can be un­done and, after re­leas­ing the top trim rub­ber, the whole panel lifts up and off. We were also pleased to see that there was plenty of ac­cess to the door lock mech­a­nism once the panel was off, and that re­plac­ing the panel was just as ef­fort­less.

 ??  ?? With only one se­cur­ing screw hold­ing the door panel in po­si­tion, it’s easy to then sim­ply lift it off.
With only one se­cur­ing screw hold­ing the door panel in po­si­tion, it’s easy to then sim­ply lift it off.

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