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2013 A4 Radio removal

felto1 Dec 6, 2013

  1. felto1

    felto1 New Member

    Hi all,

    Recently purchased a 2013 A4 (Without Navigation) and was wondering if anyone knows how to remove

    the radio from the car? I want to disconnect it from the car entirely without tripping

    any theft deterrents. I understand that if you remove the radio you can trigger an

    anti-theft system and then you have to bring it to the dealer to have it reset. Any info

    would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
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  3. S4cabriolet

    S4cabriolet Member Team Dolphin Grey Team V8 Gold Supporter Audi S4 Audi A4 quattro Audi Cabriolet Owner Group DSG

    I have to say I’ve never encountered anything like that when swapping radios and satnavs between cars.

    So long as you know the 4 digit code when installing.
    Radio goes into “safe” mode, and you use various buttons to enter the code.

    I would countenance against using cheapo tools off eBay.
    These ones (see picture) are too short.

    I ended up buying a proper radio removal tool.


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  4. rum4mo

    rum4mo Well-Known Member

    Removing protected components does not cause any issues, it is when you fit a new/different by used protected component that you experience problems as the car will reject it and it will have limited functionality - with a radio no sound output - until you get Component Protection removed which is by removing the details of the original protected component and replacing with the new one's details, in the case of the different used one, it gets checked in case it is logged as being a stolen one, if okay it is changed back into being a virgin component and then added to the car's protected components data list.

    Maybe you need to look deeply into this just in case you come up against some huge problems that will take big money to get you going with Sat Nav.

    Edit:- one tip from my recent experience of just changing a Concert 3 radio for a Concert 3 with DAB, do not switch the ignition on until you have checked out your new installation as much as you can as it will operate okay until the ignition is switched on, then Component Protection will kick in for good or until you pay to get it removed.
  5. rum4mo

    rum4mo Well-Known Member

    Are you sure that what you wrote is still true for modern Audis, I think that you will find that Audi has been using Component Protection instead of PIN codes since B8 was launched.
  6. Stonefish

    Stonefish Active Member

    As rum4mo says they now use component protection. I put my Concert radio back in my car after over 4 years and it worked with no issues.
  7. CarbonMike

    CarbonMike Active Member Team Brilliant Black Audi A4 Black Edition quattro

    B8 or 8.5?
  8. rum4mo

    rum4mo Well-Known Member

    I was thinking that unless it was a very long stored/stocked car when new, it would have to be a B8.5 to be a 2013 car.

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