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Pelican Technical Article:

Hatch Panel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Philips screwdriver, pliers, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (2004-06)
VW GTI (2006-09)

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 panel. The panel can also get pretty torn up from stuff you haul around in the back. A new panel can really freshen up the look of your vehicle.

The hatch trim panel (red arrow) is held in place by two Philips head screws (yellow arrows, one in each handle) from the outside and a series of clips on the inside.
Figure 1

The hatch trim panel (red arrow) is held in place by two Philips head screws (yellow arrows, one in each handle) from the outside and a series of clips on the inside.

Remove the single Philips head screw from each handle (red arrow).
Figure 2

Remove the single Philips head screw from each handle (red arrow).

Insert your trim removal tool between the panel and hatch (red arrow).
Figure 3

Insert your trim removal tool between the panel and hatch (red arrow).

Pull the panel down while moving along the edges (red arrow).
Figure 4

Pull the panel down while moving along the edges (red arrow). The clips holding the panel in place are very strong. You will need to use a fair amount of force to get them to release. Once you have the clips towards the outside of the panel released pull the panel downward and attempt to get a large flathead screwdriver between the remaining clips and the panel to help pry them loose.

There are two plastic retaining clips (red arrow, one on each side) along the ledge of the hatch.
Figure 5

There are two plastic retaining clips (red arrow, one on each side) along the ledge of the hatch. The trim panel sits in these. If they come out when removing the panel make sure to reinstall them in the frame.

The panel sits in the upper trim piece using the two guides shown here (red arrows).
Figure 6

The panel sits in the upper trim piece using the two guides shown here (red arrows).

With the panel off you can see where the 10 clips are located (red arrows).
Figure 7

With the panel off you can see where the 10 clips are located (red arrows).

The metal part of the clip will often come out from the plastic panel and remain in the metal of the hatch.
Figure 8

The metal part of the clip will often come out from the plastic panel and remain in the metal of the hatch. Use a set of pliers and remove all the clips from the hatch (red arrow).

Reinstall the clips and make sure they are not bent off to one side (red arrow).
Figure 9

Reinstall the clips and make sure they are not bent off to one side (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure the clips are all lined up with the openings in the hatch before applying force or you will just bend them over and need to reinstall the panel.


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