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j_sonel
03-21-2011, 10:55 AM
I replaced my passenger front door light bar over the weekend, and thought I'd do a detailed DIY post. [wrench]

Time - 20 minutes
Tools - Philips head screw driver (long), 1" wide putty knife
Parts - 4F0919174B purchased for $28.73 at www.primepartssuperstore.com (note, each door has a specific part # so obviously this is for the front passenger side of an '06)

Step one:

Open your door all the way.
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Step two:

Remove wood trim. I did this with my bare hands starting at the front end, grab the underside of the trim and pull out until the first clip pops out. Work your way down the trim towards the back of the car and pop out each clip.

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Step three:

Remove the grill over the tweeter. I did this using the 1" wide putty knife. Be VERY careful not to pry too hard and damage the surround trim. Push the putty knife into the gap between the grill and the surround trim, then push down onto the grill and pull out. The grill should come out fairly easily.

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Step four:

Remove the 5 philips head screws shown here: (image stolen from another writeup [cool])

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Step five:

Pull door panel out to access light bar plug. To do this you first need to work the top of the door panel off of it's track. With the window down, start at the front end and pull the top of the door panel up and towards the interior of the car. You will feel it pull off of the track. (the track lines up with the center of my thumb in the pic below)

http://file.walagata.com/w/jsonel/IMG_0288.JPG

Once the top of the panel is off the track, you will pull hard on the door panel starting at the front end until you feel the clips pop out.

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Do the same at the rear end of the panel until you have something that looks like this:

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Step five:

Unplug the faulty light bar. It's the small harness connection in the middle of the pic. You can use the putty knife to pop the harness off of the door panel (it's held on by a tiny clip) then simply unplug it then remove the light bar from the outside of the door panel (it's held on by 3 small clips), just use the putty knife to pry out each clip.

http://file.walagata.com/w/jsonel/IMG_0293.JPG

Step six:

Feed the wire for your new light bar through the hole where the faulty one was, plug it in at the harness connection, pop the harness back onto the door panel, then pop the light bar into the door panel. Hit your unlock button and you should see the light bar illuminated:

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Step seven:

Push hard on the door panel to pop it back onto the door, then use the putty knife to work the top of the door panel back onto it's track. Then put back the 5 philips head screws and push the wood trim and tweeter grill back on and you're done!

[wrench]

transp0rter
03-21-2011, 12:19 PM
great jobbb....
thanksss... wish audi would be this helpful lol w/o charging 140/hour

transp0rter
03-22-2011, 11:05 AM
i just replaced mine, worked like a charm LOL...

j_sonel
03-23-2011, 07:11 AM
i just replaced mine, worked like a charm LOL...

I'm glad everything worked out!

I imagine more and more people will be needing to replace these soon. They seem to start going bad after about 5-6 years.

PtownA6
03-26-2011, 10:00 PM
Nice how-to. Seems like with LED this part would last longer, you know, like 10,000 hours or something!!!

transp0rter
03-27-2011, 04:30 PM
looks like its common.

pkancel
03-30-2011, 12:37 AM
Anyone know if you can turn those lights up so they are brighter or are they set? They are barely noticeable and I would like them to be just a hear brighter.

j_sonel
03-30-2011, 12:23 PM
Anyone know if you can turn those lights up so they are brighter or are they set? They are barely noticeable and I would like them to be just a hear brighter.

Hit the "CAR" button on the MMI control panel. Then select "BACKGROUND LIGHTING" and turn it up!

pkancel
03-30-2011, 12:52 PM
Yes sir, I have done that but its just not bright enough. Barely can see them. Was hoping the VAGcom would have another setting

j_sonel
03-30-2011, 01:32 PM
Yes sir, I have done that but its just not bright enough. Barely can see them. Was hoping the VAGcom would have another setting

Odd, I have mine turned down to the lower half of the setting and they're still quite bright at night.

transp0rter
03-30-2011, 08:43 PM
i have mine pretty bright too... u can really notice them....

r1racer
04-01-2011, 02:17 PM
Yes sir, I have done that but its just not bright enough. Barely can see them. Was hoping the VAGcom would have another setting

Mine are bright but I have a gray interior. My guess is that your interior is black.

pkancel
04-01-2011, 02:47 PM
Yes, black interior which I thought was shine more due to contrast. Our 2010 MB has the same lighting on the doors and is extremely bright, twice as much and is adjustable. The low setting
is the same as the high setting in the Audi.


Mine are bright but I have a gray interior. My guess is that your interior is black.

daudi6
02-02-2013, 06:33 AM
Can someone please show me to a guide on how to remove the drivers side interior door panel. Mine has cracked and I need to reinforce it. I am a novice on the guides and on cars which is why I need a specific and detailed guide ! Thanks !

TheBlueMartin
10-13-2013, 07:20 PM
To do this you first need to work the top of the door panel off of it's track. With the window down, start at the front end and pull the top of the door panel up and towards the interior of the car. You will feel it pull off of the track. (the track lines up with the center of my thumb in the pic below)


Push hard on the door panel to pop it back onto the door, then use the putty knife to work the top of the door panel back onto it's track. Then put back the 5 philips head screws and push the wood trim and tweeter grill back on and you're done!

[wrench]


Good write up, but there is one flaw that could cause damage if done. Once you get all the Philip head screws out, pull on the bottom of the door until the pop clips come loose, then do the same to the rest of the door. When all the clips have popped free, lift up on the whole panel and it will just come out of the upper window seal/track. When re-installing, just set this into place first on the window seal/track, then use that like a hinge and press in on the door, seating the clips as you go.
Make sure to reset the pop clips before trying to re-install them. And if one of the white plastic bases that holds them breaks off, just epoxy them back on.