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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing the Engine Covers

Steve Vernon

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Hot Tip:

Work with a cool engine.

Performance Gain:

Access to engine

Complementary Modification:

Detail the engine

When servicing the engine on a GTI, you may have to remove the engine and battery cover to access specific components. In this article, I will show you how to remove the covers, providing easy access to the engine and battery. There are three main covers; the battery, the main engine cover and the front cover.

The battery has two covers. The larger cover covers the top and sides of the battery. It has two circular plastic push button retaining clips built into the lid; one on each side. Push these in and pull the cover straight up and off the battery.

Underneath the main cover is a smaller cover that hides the main fuse box located on the top of the battery. This fuse box contains high current fuses for heavy load applications like the engine management and charging systems.

The main engine cover with the VW logo is held in place by four large plastic push turn screws that stay in the cover when removed. Turn 90 degrees to release or push down and turn 90 degrees to tighten.

The forward cover is held in place by the same type of screws. You must remove the main cover before you can remove the front cover.

There are three main covers; the battery (blue arrow), the main engine cover (red arrow) and the front cover (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

There are three main covers; the battery (blue arrow), the main engine cover (red arrow) and the front cover (yellow arrow).

The battery has two covers.
Figure 2

The battery has two covers. The larger cover covers the top and sides of the battery (red arrow) and the smaller cover (yellow arrow) covers the main fuse box.

The larger cover has two circular plastic push button retaining clips built into the lid (yellow arrow); one on each side.
Figure 3

The larger cover has two circular plastic push button retaining clips built into the lid (yellow arrow); one on each side. Push these in and pull the cover straight up and off the battery.

Underneath the main cover is a smaller cover that hides the main fuse box located on the top of the battery.
Figure 4

Underneath the main cover is a smaller cover that hides the main fuse box located on the top of the battery. There are two clips (yellow arrows) on the cover that you squeeze n and flip the cover back.

This fuse box contains high current fuses for heavy load applications like the engine management and charging systems (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

This fuse box contains high current fuses for heavy load applications like the engine management and charging systems (yellow arrow).

The main engine cover with the VW logo is held in place by four large plastic push turn screws that stay in the cover when removed (red arrows).
Figure 6

The main engine cover with the VW logo is held in place by four large plastic push turn screws that stay in the cover when removed (red arrows). Turn 90 degrees to release or push down and turn 90 degrees to tighten.

The forward cover is held in place by the same type of screws (red arrows).
Figure 7

The forward cover is held in place by the same type of screws (red arrows). You must remove the main cover before you can remove the front cover.

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