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The stock Audi A4 or S4 E-Brake handle doesn’t have perforated leather, but if you have S-Line, UltraSport Package or the S4 package your steering wheel and shifter probably do – adding the RS4 E-Brake Cover is a nice way to make everything match – it’s all in the details. You can find them cheapest on eBay, although they are sometimes hard to find:

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Installation is super simple – all you need is a smaller flat head screw driver and about 10 minutes.

Step 1 – Remove the Old E-Brake Cover:

E-Brake Handle Install

To install, first pull up the e-Brake handle as high as it will go. Next, press the metal tab downwards on the underside of the cover – you can see what the tab looks like in the picture above. Once you pop out the tab, the handle will slide off (you will have to tug at it a little, its a snug fit)


Step 2 – Install the New Cover:

Once your old hand brake cover has been removed, you can simply slide the new one on – make sure the metal tab clicks into place so that it stays on securely. That’s it!


Step 3: Admire The Results

You’re all done! You can see here the RS4 E-Brake cover looks great and matches the other OEM air leather/perforated leather parts very nicely. It’s a subtle detail few will notice, but if you’re anything like me, the subtle details really add up to make a big difference.

For more details on the installation, there are a few good DIY threads on Audizine (1 and 2) for you to check out as well – but compared to most modifications you’ve done, this is going to be about as simple as it gets – just a little tougher than installing a pair of tube socks.

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About the author: Nick Roshon


Nick has been an Audi owner and fanatic for the last 10 years, and started Nick's Car Blog in 2009 to share DIYs and pictures of his A4. Currently he drives a 2012 Audi TT-RS, and has previously owned a B7 S4, B7 A4, and an 82 Audi Coupe (GT) LeMons race car. In his day job, Nick is a digital marketer and lives in San Diego, CA, USA.


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  1. Nick – I wouldn’t sell it. You’ve got this pretty darn near perfect and I once had a car like that also. I sold it and have regretted it ever since! If you do decide to sell and part out ANY of your stuff Please give me a heads up – just email me anytime man – tonys1832@hotmail.com.

    We’ve chatted before on a few things and like always – thanks for another good DIY. I’m using your plasti dip one tonight.

  2. Thanks Tony – I’m sure it’d be a heck of a part out 🙂 I don’t think I’ll do it, just going through my periodic “I wish I had a v8 phase” haha

  3. Wise move. It’s too good to get rid of….making rs4 fog grills tonight, plasti dip time!

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  5. I wouldnt do it. You have a great car. I used to have a B6 A4 Oettinger, until an EX(keyword) girlfriend totaled it on me. I got a new Wrangler for the harsh summers here in NY. But your website is great. And since ive read your site a few times ive been at a Audi/VW dealer “prowling” 5 times. Thanks….not sarcastic a bit.

  6. Sorry to hear that Anthony! The A4 is here to stay, don’t worry 🙂 And happy hunting for a new Audi, there are some great deals out there for B7s IMO.

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