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    Senior Member Four Rings b7_Andy's Avatar
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    B7 Center Console Latch Replacement

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    I've seen a lot of guys on here replacing their entire lids because the latch on the center console breaks, so I'm creating this DIY as a $5 alternative that also allows you to keep your nice high quality leather too. So all you'll need materials wise is the latch (which you can find on eBay for ~$5):

    I got mine off eBay and I think it was a B6 or A6 latch, it still worked so I'm pretty sure any Audi with a flip up center console can all use the same latch. Also if you lost the metal clip you'll want to make sure you buy one with the latch:

    So lets get started!

    Step 1:

    Start by removing the lid from the center console. Push in one arm and wiggle it a little until the other arm comes out. The plastic can definitely flex enough to push one of the arms out of its slot. If you pushed in both at the same time, that might be too much...


    Step 2:

    Once you have the lid off you'll need to pop off the bottom plastic. You can use a flathead screw driver, but make sure its pretty wide as it needs some strength. I would recommend a rubber trim removal tool or anything of that sort. You'll start by slipping your tool between the plastic bottom and the leather on the side where the arms are. Stick the tool in there and pry the plastic up.

    It's going to take A LOT of force. The plastic surfaces have some sort of plastic sealant on them so it's going to sound like you're breaking or cracking the plastic... Trust me, you're not! If it makes you feel safe you can hit it with a heat gun on low to loosen up the bonds. It is plastic so not too much heat! As seen in the pictures below there are 8 mounting points so you have an idea of how and where it's going to separate. Once you've started to pop it up from the side with the arms, evenly work your way to the side with the latch. You can also see in the pictures the little bit of plastic sealant.


    WARNING! I'm pretty sure ONLY THE B7s have this lid design. So if you're doing this on an Audi that is not a B7, or has a center console different than the one seen in the pictures, I encourage you to research your specific body style as I am not responsible when your plastic lid breaks from separating it improperly.

    Step 3:

    If your metal clip stayed on (which it likely didn't), unhook it from from its mount and remove it. Also remove the remains of your plastic latch.


    Step 4:

    Install your new latch. Make sure the smooth part of the latch is on the same side as the smooth part of the plastic lid. You'll need to bend the latch a little to fit the mounting points in, but be careful... This is where the latch likes to break.


    Step 5:

    Now you'll need to install the metal clip, this is probably the hardest part of the replacement. Start by placing the ends of it where they mount on the latch.

    Then you'll need to stretch the clip to get it to hook onto the mounting point on the smooth side of the plastic lid. Some kind of hook tool is really helpful and just be patient. I used two hook tools and started with one on the side shown in the first picture to push the clip to the side of the plastic lid it needs to be on, and the second tool on the smooth side of the plastic lid to grab the clip and pull it back and over the mounting point seen in the second picture.



    Step 6:

    Now that the latch and clip are installed the rest is pretty easy. Reconnect the plastic part of the lid with the leather part of the lid. You don't need to put any kind of sealant on it. It will snap together and hold just fine, mine is still solid 6 months later.


    Step 7:

    Now reinstall your lid to the center console. I angled the lid a little to align the mounting points in the slots on one side and then pushed the other arm until it slid into the slots. Take your time and try not to bend both arms at the same time. Make sure the lid can move up and down with no resistance.

    And now you're done and are able to enjoy closing your center console lid for when you need to throw it up for easy access to the hand-brake during an urban drift sesh!


    Let me know if any part seems confusing or if I left something out...
    Last edited by b7_Andy; 04-26-2018 at 01:47 PM.

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    Senior Member Two Rings
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    Great write-up. I only wish I hadn't thrown out my original lid now. Oh well, the replacement I got is pretty decent--not perfect, but decent.

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    Established Member Two Rings coulditb7's Avatar
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    Link to the latch on eBay?

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    Nice DIY but the leather lid only came on S4's & RS4's (Maybe 3.2's) the rest of us have Vinyl lids.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coulditb7 View Post
    Link to the latch on eBay?
    There's a bunch on eBay and I didn't link any because the links always disappear, but here's a couple just for you
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-AUDI-A4-...xWN8GT&vxp=mtr
    And an aluminum one that will never break!
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALUMINIUM-Ar...lWgrWj&vxp=mtr

    Quote Originally Posted by Axis View Post
    Nice DIY but the leather lid only came on S4's & RS4's (Maybe 3.2's) the rest of us have Vinyl lids.
    Looking at a few pictures I noticed that some have leather and some are vinyl. Although I think the only difference is the material it's wrapped in, the lid still seems like it has the same base plastic.

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    This is also a great place to get a replacement latch from. Choose your color and everything on the cheap.

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    Senior Member Four Rings b7_Andy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obsidian View Post
    This is also a great place to get a replacement latch from. Choose your color and everything on the cheap.

    Clicky!
    I saw those too, they look pretty high quality

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    I had mine 3D printed


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    Can choose your color here...

    http://www.banggood.com/Armrest-Lid-...n=auto-US&ebay

    2.99 plus shipping. I need a beige one so...

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    Veteran Member Four Rings BenMTL's Avatar
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    Thanks for this disassembly guide at least OP.....But these $2-3 ebay latches just look too cheap and will probably break sooner than OEM. Too bad Audi doesn't have a unique part number for just the plastic latch and metal clip...

    I disassembled by OEM armrest to barebones, super glued and fixed all the broken plastic pieces, aligning everything back together, and now have a functioning armrest latch. Will be installing it back in the car tomorrow. Hope the super glue with hold it longer than these cheap chinese latches but if it doesn't, then I'll just opt out for these $20-30 complete replacement armrest covers.

    Note to other people looking to do this however....Don't bother taking it all apart if you don't have some kind of hook tool to put the metal retaining clip on again at the end....What a pain in the ass that step is, even with multiple small hooks on hand...
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    Finally replaced my broken armrest latch. It has been broken since I got the car, finally gone are the days of people flipping it up and dumping the entire contents into my back seat!

    Huge thanks to @b7_Andy for this DIY, if it isn't already in the DIY section, this NEEDS to be!

    I ordered an aluminum latch off eBay, hopefully I'll never have to replace it again!







    Fitment was very good, it maybe sticks out a fraction more, or it possibly just seems that way due to the fact that it's aluminum and not black. I actually like the contrast and the fact that it matches the button on the ebrake handle.

    I did shave down a bit off of the edges on the arms of the latch as there were some raised edges from manufacturing, it fit fine, just wanted the latch to move as freely as possible. The latch also came with the spring! Sometimes the simple things are the most satisfying.
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    How much did you pay for the alu latch drew? Seems your ebay listing is already gone...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenMTL View Post
    How much did you pay for the alu latch drew? Seems your ebay listing is already gone...
    Paid $30 US with free shipping. I'd message the seller and see if he has more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obsidian View Post
    This is also a great place to get a replacement latch from. Choose your color and everything on the cheap.

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    I had one 3d printed from here and never ended up using it. I'd be willing to sell it if anyone wanted. Just Pm me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewgold View Post
    Finally replaced my broken armrest latch. It has been broken since I got the car, finally gone are the days of people flipping it up and dumping the entire contents into my back seat!

    Huge thanks to @b7_Andy for this DIY, if it isn't already in the DIY section, this NEEDS to be!

    I ordered an aluminum latch off eBay, hopefully I'll never have to replace it again!







    Fitment was very good, it maybe sticks out a fraction more, or it possibly just seems that way due to the fact that it's aluminum and not black. I actually like the contrast and the fact that it matches the button on the ebrake handle.

    I did shave down a bit off of the edges on the arms of the latch as there were some raised edges from manufacturing, it fit fine, just wanted the latch to move as freely as possible. The latch also came with the spring! Sometimes the simple things are the most satisfying.
    Thanks for this! Just ordered :)
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    Gotta ask, wtf are you guys doing with this that it breaks?
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    Just an FIY:
    I have done this repair with a cheap $2 arm rest lid latch off ebay.
    If you have lost the stock spring, you can use a paper clip instead of the stock spring. I never got that piece of spring when I bought my car, so I unbent a large paper clip into the shape of the spring. Its not as sturdy as the stock spring, but does the job of holding the armrest lid on the latch.
    Has been holding up for more than 6 months just fine. But my armrest leather has started disintegrating so, I ordered a cheap replica, on its way. Lets see if it fits.

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    @drewgold creating needs, I ordered the plastic version last week but after seing your pictures I ordered the aluminium one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Okedokey View Post
    Gotta ask, wtf are you guys doing with this that it breaks?
    Opening and closing our armrest lids...That is it. Hinges are made out of cheap plastic that deteriorates in strength over years and becomes brittle....
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    Thanks for this Andy. Just used it today. Probably the fastest easiest fix I've done to my car.

    This needs to be a sticky. It took me a while to find it because I knew it existed.


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    @i3oricua Glad it helped


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