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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing the Shroud and Fans

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$150 to $500

Talent:

**

Tools:

T30, T27, T20 Torx, 10mm, 8mm wrench

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New shroud or fan(s)

Hot Tip:

Work on a cool car

Performance Gain:

Proper engine temperature

Complementary Modification:

New hoses

The GTI MkV has two radiator fans in the shroud behind the radiator. These fans are usually a source of problems for the cooling system on the cars. If your fan or fans are starting to give tell tale signs that they are failing replace them before they quit on you. The fans usually start making a fair amount of noise when they start going bad.

While you may be able to crawl under the car to complete this job I recommend that you safely jack up and support the vehicle. Please see our article on safely jacking up and supporting your car.

Disconnect the ground strap from the battery terminal (red arrow) and place the cable (yellow arrow) where it can not accidentally come in contact with the battery while working.
Figure 1

Disconnect the ground strap from the battery terminal (red arrow) and place the cable (yellow arrow) where it can not accidentally come in contact with the battery while working. For more information please see our article on battery replacement.

You will need to remove the charged air pipe.
Figure 2

You will need to remove the charged air pipe. The charged air pipe and hoses run from the induction system and divert air before it reaches the throttle body (red arrow). This charged air runs through a pipe that is secured by an 8mm bolt (blue arrow) and T30 Torx (green arrow) and enters the interior by a quick release fitting (yellow arrow). Please see our article on removing the charged air pipe for further assistance.

At the front left side of the engine compartment is the air intake.
Figure 3

At the front left side of the engine compartment is the air intake. There are two T20 Torx screws holding this to the airbox cover, (red arrow, one shown) remove these. Note our project car was missing the upper part of the housing.

Remove the two T27 Torx screws from the air diverter (red arrows).
Figure 4

Remove the two T27 Torx screws from the air diverter (red arrows). Note: You do not need to remove the engine cover to perform this job, just get the intake hose to lock carrier out of the way.

Remove the air diverter (red arrow) from the lock carrier.
Figure 5

Remove the air diverter (red arrow) from the lock carrier.

Remove the T27 Torx screw (red arrow) from the shroud to radiator bracket on the upper left side.
Figure 6

Remove the T27 Torx screw (red arrow) from the shroud to radiator bracket on the upper left side.

Remove the T27 Torx screw (red arrow) from the shroud to radiator bracket on the upper right side.
Figure 7

Remove the T27 Torx screw (red arrow) from the shroud to radiator bracket on the upper right side.

A great many of these cars have had the engine trays and front side shields removed over the years and not replaced.
Figure 8

A great many of these cars have had the engine trays and front side shields removed over the years and not replaced. If you happen to have a car that still has all the under trays and original hardware here is what you need to do. There are four T25 Torx screws (red arrows) on each side holding the tray on, remove them and slide the tray back out of the friction clips (yellow arrows) on the front air dam.

Once the screws are removed slide the tray (red arrow) back and down.
Figure 9

Once the screws are removed slide the tray (red arrow) back and down.

Unclip the wiring connection for the fans on the lower left corner (red arrow).
Figure 10

Unclip the wiring connection for the fans on the lower left corner (red arrow).

Remove the T27 Torx screw (red arrow) from the shroud to radiator bracket on the lower left side.
Figure 11

Remove the T27 Torx screw (red arrow) from the shroud to radiator bracket on the lower left side.

Figure 12

Remove the T27 Torx screw (red arrow) from the shroud to radiator bracket on the lower right side

Drop the shroud and fans slightly and turn it counter clockwise.
Figure 13

Drop the shroud and fans slightly and turn it counter clockwise. You will now be able to slide the shroud and fans (red arrow) up out of the engine compartment on the left side.

The main wiring harness connection is on the backside of the shroud (red arrow).
Figure 14

The main wiring harness connection is on the backside of the shroud (red arrow).

There are three 10mm nuts (yellow arrows) holding each fan to the shroud.
Figure 15

There are three 10mm nuts (yellow arrows) holding each fan to the shroud. To replace either or both fans remove the three nuts. You will need to disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow).

Pull the wiring connection (red arrow) from the shroud and separate the harness.
Figure 16

Pull the wiring connection (red arrow) from the shroud and separate the harness.

Use caution when removing the clips (red arrow) holding the wiring harness in the shroud.
Figure 17

Use caution when removing the clips (red arrow) holding the wiring harness in the shroud. They tend to fly off at a great rate of speed. Make sure you are wearing eye protection. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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