The wife's just got herself a 2015 3 door A3 sline, it's got an annoying creaking coming from the passenger door armrest, does anyone know if these are screwed on from the rear of the door card or if they are bonded on.
Thanks for the quick reply, I didn't want to start pulling the door card off if it wasn't possible to tighten it from the inside. I'll give it a go at the weekend.Usually bolted on from the inner side of the card, I would remove the card, unbolt, clean the surfaces, maybe add some hideen thin felt strip & refit, but check once of, if it's the arm as it could be the tension, weight on the arm is making the card or parts move against other areas causing the creaking.
There is no may about it, unless the door card has been repaired, the official repair procedure uses screws, the handle will be plastic welded in place.You may find that the handle is both plastic riveted and screwed onto the card. Perhaps some of the rivers are broken but you can use (Audi) screws to replace the rivers to sort it.
Removing the door card is easy - pop off the speaker grille and remove two Torx screws, then another Torx under the door handle/armrest and then using a reasonably wide spudger, lever the card out of its poppers along the edges.
Whilst you have it off, check the tightness of the other screws in the door. I had an annoying vibration buzz that I found was caused by the screws that hold the doorlock in position coming loose. Also worth adding some bits of self-adhesive foam padding onto high points which the door card touches or almost touches.