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S3 door blade removal guide with pictures.

Danman1 May 20, 2012

  1. Danman1

    Danman1 Thorough noob

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    Removed my door blades today, thought i'd give them a good clean and see if I had any dreaded rust behind them. As I went I took a few pictures, I know it's an easy job that probably doesn't need a guide but I was bored.

    Start by removing the 4 screws on the bottom of the door, 2 are behind rubber grommets.

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    When the 4 screws are out, slide the door blade towards the back of the car, mine was really stiff and I didn't want to hit it too hard incase I broke the lugs off, but after rocking it back and forth it came off. When it was off you can see all the dirt behind it, and at first I thought I had the rust but it washed off.

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    Dirty.

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    After a good clean, applied a little waxoyl to prevent ant future rusting.

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    Then gave the blade a good clean

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    The rear blades just slide off, you slide them towards the front of the car. No screws holding these on. These were also stiff, just wacked them with my hand a few times and it popped off.

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    Overall and easy job, I would recommend having one of those telescopic pens with the powerful magnet on the end so that if you do lose a screw in the door it's easy to retrieve.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2012
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  2. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for this. I'll take mine off when I clay bar it before inters.
     
  3. vfr800

    vfr800 Active Member Team Dolphin Grey Audi S3 quattro Audi A6

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    Thanks for such a nicely and well put together guide.

    Liam
     
  4. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :) Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon Manual

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    I have been thinking about wrapping mine in gloss black or carbon, but thought it was a pain to take off, but after seeing this, it doesnt look so bad now :)

    Excellent write up bud.
     
  5. S3 Rav

    S3 Rav Well-Known Member

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    Got to do this myself jus waiting for the weather. Many thanks.
     
  6. Danman1

    Danman1 Thorough noob

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    Cheers guys, yeah it is literally a 30 minute job.
     
  7. k1ano

    k1ano Member

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    There is another recent thread where the owner has wrapped the blades in Carbon and it looks great :)

    Martin
     
  8. TomCrox41

    TomCrox41 Member

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    Has anyone had a problems getting the screws out, to do this?

    My pas door blade is becoming un-glued between the bit that is screwed on and the external part, i wanted to take it off give a dam good clean up then reglue it and refit but. but on mine these screws are extremely tight!!

    the outer one (easiest to get at) has now broken the white plastic strip on the outer edge of the door because the nut spun in it as i was trying to undo it.

    plus the ones in the door don't nicely line up with the hole to put the screw driver through so they look like they are going to round off :keule:
     
  9. JtotheD

    JtotheD Active Member

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    Nice guide I'll definitely be giving this a go later!
     
  10. Danman1

    Danman1 Thorough noob

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    Yes, when I did the guide one of the screws was seized and i couldn't get it off, had to drill it out. Easy if you have a drill and a metal bit.

    Dan
     
  11. The Doctor

    The Doctor Well-Known Member

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  12. Gops

    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    Anyone got part number for the screws?
     
  13. JD09

    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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    Good shout, another job for the weekend.
     
  14. mcpickering

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    I had a nightmare with this yesterday :(
    my drivers side blade was pretty much hanging off, so i thought i'd give it a go taking it off.
    straight from the off, i WD40'd all of the screws in hope it would help, only one screw actually came out, the other three were stuck (it seems that someone had attempted this before as well, 2 of the screw in points on the blade had rounded off and come away from the white plastic bit in the blade itself and there was a random long screw going through the door straight into the blade, which was also too long and poking through the outside of the blade). i eventually managed to get the blade off the door but the white plastic bit was in pieces and not even attached to the door blade :(

    i was then left with the prospect of somehow removing the screws from the door as they are just hanging loosely, i managed to eventually get 2 of them off, but i'm now left with one screw still in situ and some duct taped holes to stop water ingress.

    i don't really know what to do :( i guess it's a case of buying a new blade (the passengers side is almost as bad so i may as well get both) i take it you can't buy a replacement white plastic insert?

    James
     
  15. mcpickering

    mcpickering Member

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    any help guys?
     
  16. vanilla_ice

    vanilla_ice Active Member

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    Does anyone have the part number of the rubber grommets/bungs?
     
  17. S3-

    S3- New Member

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    Great guide..
     
  18. localknoxville

    localknoxville F*ck Art Lets Dance

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    cracking guide, wondered how this was done, i can imagine theres all kinds of nasty stuff lurking behind them, moving house soon with a nice big double garage which I have claimed as a workshop so thats a job i'll be doing for sure
     
  19. NE Marlon

    NE Marlon Member Audi S3

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    I made the mistake of pulling my driver's side blade off a while back. Luckily I didn't break any of the metal grommets off but I did destroy the long white plastic mounting strip and rounded off a couple of the screws. TPS quoted me nigh on £280 for a new blade. A self tapper into the blade solved the problem initially (excuse the bodge) but it will need replacing soon.
     

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