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Air vent removal

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Keefy, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Keefy
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    [Apr 26, 2010]
    Hi all,

    Yesterday noticed there's a rattle coming from the passenger side air vent as I go over bumps - on closer inspection it appears that a tiny shard of plastic has broken off the inside of the vent grille and is rattling around in there somewhere. I've had a poke around with some long pliers and tweezers but to no avail. Looks like the vent is going to have to come off.

    Had a little pull but it's not budging. I'm not sure if it's just a bit stiff or if there are clips that I've missed? Not keen on trying too much harder as I don't want to make a mess of the interior. Looked on some of the vent-based boost gauge threads but there's no info on actually removing the vent grill. Should I just give it some or is there a special way of removing them?
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    [Apr 26, 2010]
    I asked this a while back,
    So the thread should be somewhere... basicaly it involved making 2 hooks that just fit through the gaps in the vent... one top and one bottom. they latch over the back of the vent housing ( about 3 inch inside the vent ) and this allows you to pull the vent free. If a search brings you no results i will take a picture later and upload it
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    [Sep 30, 2012]
    I just have bought Audi A3 1999.. The passenger air vent is borken, can someone help me how to change it?
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    How is it broken Zero? Wont open, or air wont come out?
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    [Sep 30, 2012]
    mn6S1UPILizTp5z_8Pi2Svg.jpg one of this are broken.. so how can I remove this all, not just the part which is broken..
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    [Sep 30, 2012]
    Do you understood me ?
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    [Sep 30, 2012]
    You need some trim removal tools, which is usually red plastic and you can gently take it out. Then the entire unit comes out. If you have a facelift A3 (With red lights in the vents) you will need to do some solering. Shouldnt take any more than 15 minutes.
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    [Sep 30, 2012]
    But some pictures or video, what kind of trim removal tool ?
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    [Oct 1, 2012]
    It is just pieces of plastic to remove plastic trim such as the dashboard without scratching and damaging it.
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    [Oct 1, 2012]
    How looks that pieces of plastic?
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    [Oct 1, 2012]
    just google trim removal tools
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