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Audi A6 Quattro: I am trying to replace the shifter in

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I am trying to replace the shifter in a 98 Audi A6 . I am having major problems gaining access to the 2 rear nuts that hold the shifter in . Center console has been removed ,but I am having problems removing plastic to allow me access to the 2 nutted studs so I can drop the shifter . I don't want to destroy the plastic stuff any ideas on how to get that stuff out of the way so i can drop the shifter ?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Chris, I need to remove the shifter.. I have already opened up the bottom of the car ... Exhaust system has been removed , drive shaft dropped and cable has been disconnected . The problem with the shifter is it is broken out where the cable attaches to the shifter . I have a replacement shifter. The shifter is held in by 4 studs that are nutted from the top . to gain access to these nuts , the center console has to be removed , and then the shifter drops out from the bottom . Even after all this removal of parts I still cannot gain access to the back 2 nuts because of plastic parts covering the nuts . Some how these plastic parts ( they look like a shifter gate and cooling ducts ) lift off and then the back 2 nuts can be removed and the shifter will drop out . If I break these plastic parts I am screwed . I need to know how to remove the plastic parts without breaking them .

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
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Is this an automatic or manual transmission?

I will get you correct information until we have this resolved

what I have done in the past is bend the sheet metal just a little bit so I can access. To tell you the truth it is very difficult to understand where you are having trouble. Can you post a picture for me?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Roman, This is an automatic (tiptronic ) not a manual ...

Yes I have done this many times, thank you the clarification. Please try to submit all of the necessary details in your original question o that we can help diagnose your question.

As in the past I have slightly bent the sheet metal to gain more access.

Have never had a problem and I am not clear on where you are stuck. Can you upload a photo?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Roman , Wile using a "little" gentle perswasion trying to get at those 2 bottom nuts, the plastic covering came loose and i was able to remove it entirely . I now have total access to everything . Problem solved ! thanks for the push CTG

Sometimes I need to call Mr prybar for help. The sheet metal seems to be in the way. Great.
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