How to Replace an A4 Convertible Top

Updated April 17, 2017

Lowering the convertible top of your Audi A4 is a great way to enjoy a summer's day drive. However, over time your convertible top can become worn and damaged, resulting in the fabric of the top becoming torn and the joints become stuck. If this occurs, you need to remove the top and replace it with a new one. You can pick up a replacement convertible top specific to the Audi A4 from any specialist dealer.

Retract the convertible top on your Audi A4 all the way to the back of the vehicle.

Enter the back seat of the Audi and use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws that are attached to the retaining strip. The strip is connected to the rear body interior of the vehicle.

Use your hands to unhook the clips that connect the tension cables to the top bow. You will find the clips near the retaining strip at the back of the vehicle's interior.

Remove the screws attached to the weatherstripping using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the weatherstripping away from the convertible top. Do not discard the weatherstripping; you can attach it to the new convertible top.

Lift the fabric top away from the Audi. Place cleaning solvent onto a cloth and tip down the top bow frame. Ensure you clean off any adhesive and other debris.

Place the new convertible top onto the frame of the Audi A4. Place contact adhesive on both sides of the top bow. Press the side flaps on the convertible top onto the sides of the top bow. Leave the vehicle for 20 minutes to allow it to set in place.

Use a Phillips screwdriver to reattach the weatherstripping and retaining strip to the interior of the vehicle. Place the tension cables back into the top bow using your hands. Tighten the cable by turning it clockwise until it is fixed securely in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Contact adhesive
  • Cleaning solvent
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Replacement top
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John Johnston began writing in 2006 for article sites such as SN&CK Media, and has a large wealth of experience in writing automotive repair and electronics articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in sports journalism from the University of Central Lancashire.