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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Interior Panel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Philips screw driver, pliers

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

Trim clips

Hot Tip:

Always lever off gently

Performance Gain:

Freshen up interior appearance

Complementary Modification:

Replace rear windshield wiper motor

If your rear windshield wiper motor is going bad or you need access to the hatch locking mechanism you will need to remove the rear inner panels. These panels can also get pretty torn up from stuff you haul around in the back and new panels can really freshen up the look of your vehicle. This article will show you how to remove both the upper and lower sections along with the lock carrier piece.

There are two pieces that make up the rear inner panels: the upper section (green arrow) and the lower section (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

There are two pieces that make up the rear inner panels: the upper section (green arrow) and the lower section (yellow arrow). The lower section is held in place by a single Philips head screw in each of the pull handles (red arrows).

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screw (red arrow) in each handle.
Figure 2

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screw (red arrow) in each handle.

Use a trim removal tool and gently pull the panel away from the body (red arrow).
Figure 3

Use a trim removal tool and gently pull the panel away from the body (red arrow).

Once you have the panel away from the body use your hands and pull firmly down on the panel away from the hatch (red arrow).
Figure 4

Once you have the panel away from the body use your hands and pull firmly down on the panel away from the hatch (red arrow). The panels are in tight and you will have to use a fair amount of force especially if the panels have not been removed before.

The lower section is attached to the upper section by a clip (red arrow) that sits inside the lower section (green arrow).
Figure 5

The lower section is attached to the upper section by a clip (red arrow) that sits inside the lower section (green arrow). Use care when separating these so you don't break them.

With the panel removed you can see the ten clips that hold it in place (red arrows).
Figure 6

With the panel removed you can see the ten clips that hold it in place (red arrows).

To remove the upper panel; begin by pulling out the pin on the clip on each side (red arrow).
Figure 7

To remove the upper panel; begin by pulling out the pin on the clip on each side (red arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and pop the clip from the panel (red arrow).
Figure 8

Use a trim removal tool and pop the clip from the panel (red arrow).

Using a trim removal tool (red arrow) start at the center of the panel and gently pull it away from the hatch.
Figure 9

Using a trim removal tool (red arrow) start at the center of the panel and gently pull it away from the hatch.

The lower section is attached to the upper section by a clip (red arrow) that sits inside the lower section (green arrow).
Figure 10

The lower section is attached to the upper section by a clip (red arrow) that sits inside the lower section (green arrow). Use care when separating these so you don't break them. Installation is the reverse of removal.

To remove the rear lock carrier trim piece begin by inserting your trim tool on the sides (red arrow) and pulling the trim piece in towards the center of the hatch.
Figure 11

To remove the rear lock carrier trim piece begin by inserting your trim tool on the sides (red arrow) and pulling the trim piece in towards the center of the hatch.

There are two trim pieces (yellow arrows) that will release.
Figure 12

There are two trim pieces (yellow arrows) that will release.

Next move to the lower part of the trim piece and pull it out towards the front of the vehicle (red arrows) then pull up off the bumper.
Figure 13

Next move to the lower part of the trim piece and pull it out towards the front of the vehicle (red arrows) then pull up off the bumper.

With the trim removed from the vehicle you can see the three clips that hold the lower part on (red arrows) and the six clips that hold it to the bumper (yellow arrows).
Figure 14

With the trim removed from the vehicle you can see the three clips that hold the lower part on (red arrows) and the six clips that hold it to the bumper (yellow arrows).

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Comments and Suggestions:
Chris Comments: Great help article. This and your other articles have helped me a lot in the past. Just saying thanks!
October 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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