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Take off the A-pillar.

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Eddie, May 15, 2009.

  1. Eddie
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    [May 15, 2009]
    I wonder how you I take off the A-pillar on a audi a3 8p 3doors.?

    Best regards. Eddie
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    [May 15, 2009]
    Is that the one at the front where the tweeter is (interior)?

    if so, disconnect the battery (airbags there).

    Pull the rubber off that goes round the door frame.

    and pull from the top of the pillar downwords - theres around 4 clips.
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    [May 16, 2009]
    You don't. The windscreen would fall on your face, and the roof on your head.
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    [May 16, 2009]
    I know, I know...

    :tumble:
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    [May 16, 2009]
    I REALLY thought thats what he meant! So, I don't know what that says about me. :keule:


    Well done to Kaz. :applaus:
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    [May 16, 2009]
    Undoing the battery is not going to stop the airbag going off, they should have a power storage so they still deploy in an accident when the battery has cut out. The only way of stopping the air bag is to be very carefull. Try to stay 50cm away from every air bag.
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    [May 16, 2009]
    Hi, I've wondered about this myself as I suspect my left side tweeter is toast (but only some days...?).
    From what I can figure out from Elsawin, you (might) need a special tool (removal lever -80-200- ) to help you not damage the first top clip, then when thats done, the next 2 ones should be just a breeze.
    I had a look, but as soon as I saw that white cloth inside (airbag) backed off - I think I will leave it to the Audi workshop to help me out with this.

    Edit - I hope h5djr will approve of this, here's a PDF for the instructions:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/h5djr/elsawin/removeA-pillar.pdf
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    Im not so sure - someone posted a link with a car with a heavy (and i mean haevy) front end smash and the airbags didint deploy. The guys on here said that the car must have been parked and off so the airbags didnt come out...
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    [May 16, 2009]
    Not strictly true! They do however use capacitors which will hold a useable charge for about 30mins. You can safely work after disconnecting the battery for about this length of time.
    regards
    dave.

    P.S.
    Having removed 10's of airbags using this method I have yet to have one go off in my face.
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    [May 16, 2009]
    So they do hold charge but only for half hour. It's just with fire service we get trained that even if the battery is d/c still stay away from them as they can still go off. But like you say they only hold charge for 30mins, but people didn't even know that they hold charge
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    [May 16, 2009]
    Hmm! A fellow firebobby eh? Having read a few manufacturers recommendations, it seems that 1-2 mins is adequate, so 30 mins in a non emergency situation would be ok.
    regards
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    [May 16, 2009]

    Haha thats really funny of course I meant the interior on the a-pillar I just burnt it whit a ciggaret that I was throwing out but dident hit the open window but instead the a-pillar. Made a big black mark on the light interior and it annoys me every time I drive my car, just have to buy a new a-pillar interior.

    cheers
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