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Pelican Technical Article:

Wheel Well Liner Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm socket, Philips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 993 Carrera (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4 (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4S (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera S (1998)
Porsche 993 Targa (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Turbo (1996-97)

Parts Required:

New fasteners

Hot Tip:

Install the proper hardware

Performance Gain:

Access to other components

Complementary Modification:

Check your brakes

The wheel well liners provide a very important function while being subjected to the harsh environment of dirt and debris and weather conditions. The liners are made from a hard plastic but they can get damaged from road debris especially in winter when the plastic is hard and less pliable. The liners are the first line of defense to some of the valuable and sensitive components behind them and should be replaced if they get damaged. It is often a lot cheaper to replace a liner than to replace the components the liner protects.

Whether you are removing the liners to replace them or access the components behind them, this is one area where the fasteners or hardware can be a complete mystery--depending on who worked on the vehicle last. It can be shocking to see some of the home depot hardware people have used to keep their liners on. I recommend you order some extra fasteners to restore the factory hardware or just keep in your tool kit; these are great to have on hand and are not expensive.

Both the front and rear wheel wells are covered by two liners each: a front and rear piece compose each liner. This makes it easier to access components in front of or behind the wheels. Use care when placing your jack stands to make sure they are clear of the liners

While some people say you can remove the liners with the wheels on, I recommend you safely lift and support the vehicle. Please see our article on safely lifting and supporting your Porsche 993 for additional instructions.

Starting at the rear of the vehicle is the rear, rear tire liner.
Figure 1

Starting at the rear of the vehicle is the rear, rear tire liner. Begin by removing the four Philips head screws (red arrows).

The lower screw can get pretty corroded over the years, so it is a good idea to hit it with some penetrating oil before you begin.
Figure 2

The lower screw can get pretty corroded over the years, so it is a good idea to hit it with some penetrating oil before you begin.

Clear the top of the rear liner from the top of the forward liner and remove from the wheel well.
Figure 3

Clear the top of the rear liner from the top of the forward liner and remove from the wheel well.

To remove the forward rear liner use a Philips head screw driver and remove the screws (red arrows) and the 10mm plastic nut (yellow arrow).
Figure 4

To remove the forward rear liner use a Philips head screw driver and remove the screws (red arrows) and the 10mm plastic nut (yellow arrow).

Remove the three lower Philips head screws (red arrows).
Figure 5

Remove the three lower Philips head screws (red arrows). This is where you want to take care when placing your jack stands, so that they do not interfere with removing the liners.

With everything free and clear you can remove the liner from the wheel well.
Figure 6

With everything free and clear you can remove the liner from the wheel well.

The front wheel well liners are also made up of two separate pieces.
Figure 7

The front wheel well liners are also made up of two separate pieces.

To remove the forward liner begin by removing the Philip head screws including the three that join the liners on the top (red arrows).
Figure 8

To remove the forward liner begin by removing the Philip head screws including the three that join the liners on the top (red arrows).

Working under the vehicle remove the two 10mm plastic nuts holding the liner to the forward protection tray (red arrows).
Figure 9

Working under the vehicle remove the two 10mm plastic nuts holding the liner to the forward protection tray (red arrows).

There are two pieces of weather stripping on the forward liner (red arrows).
Figure 10

There are two pieces of weather stripping on the forward liner (red arrows). Once the liner is removed this is a good time to clean these out and get some rubber protectant on them.

You need to remove the liner from the wheel arch as this makes it easier to get off the air duct on the inner fender well.
Figure 11

You need to remove the liner from the wheel arch as this makes it easier to get off the air duct on the inner fender well.

To remove the front rear liner begin by removing the plastic 10mm nuts (red arrows) and the Philips head screw (yellow arrow).
Figure 12

To remove the front rear liner begin by removing the plastic 10mm nuts (red arrows) and the Philips head screw (yellow arrow).

Remove the lower access panel and remove the Philips head screw joining the liner and the sill (red arrow).
Figure 13

Remove the lower access panel and remove the Philips head screw joining the liner and the sill (red arrow).

Like the rear, you want to make sure you place your jack stands where you can access the two Philips head screws and 10mm plastic nut under the front liner (red arrows).
Figure 14

Like the rear, you want to make sure you place your jack stands where you can access the two Philips head screws and 10mm plastic nut under the front liner (red arrows).

With everything removed you can remove the liner from the wheel well.
Figure 15

With everything removed you can remove the liner from the wheel well. Installation of all of the liners is the reverse of removal.


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