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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Radio

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

T20 Torx, trim removal tools

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Hot Tip:

Use care not to break the plastic or clips

Performance Gain:

Working radio

Complementary Modification:

Clean air vents

The GTI MkV came with a base radio but was also available with a navigation unit as well. Regardless of what unit you have, they sit in the same place in the center of the dash. Removal of either of them is similar enough that this article will help you through the process for all of the units.

Begin by disconnecting the ground strap (yellow arrow) from the batteries negative terminal (red arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by disconnecting the ground strap (yellow arrow) from the batteries negative terminal (red arrow). Please see our article on Battery Tending and Removal for further assistance.

Gently pry the trim panel up from the top of the dash with your trusty plastic trim removal tool (red arrow).
Figure 2

Gently pry the trim panel up from the top of the dash with your trusty plastic trim removal tool (red arrow).

This photo illustrates the plastic clips that hold it in place (red arrow).
Figure 3

This photo illustrates the plastic clips that hold it in place (red arrow).

If your vehicle is equipped with a solar sensor, you will need to unplug the wiring connection (red arrow).
Figure 4

If your vehicle is equipped with a solar sensor, you will need to unplug the wiring connection (red arrow).

At the very front of the panel is a single T20 Torx screw.
Figure 5

At the very front of the panel is a single T20 Torx screw. Remove this screw (red arrow).

Gently pull the panel towards you while lifting up.
Figure 6

Gently pull the panel towards you while lifting up. The panel has two plastic clips that sit in the dash (red arrow, one shown). You need to lift the front of the panel towards the seats then slide these clips out. The yellow arrow shows the T20 Torx screw. I find it easier to leave the screw in place until you have removed the panel rather than risk dropping it into the interior of the dash.

With the panel removed remove the two T20 Torx screws holding the vent trim piece to the dash (red arrows).
Figure 7

With the panel removed remove the two T20 Torx screws holding the vent trim piece to the dash (red arrows).

There are three clips on the forward part of the vent panel.
Figure 8

There are three clips on the forward part of the vent panel. Use your trim removal tool and gently pry these forward (red arrows).

With the clips free lift the rear of the panel up and slightly forward (red arrow).
Figure 9

With the clips free lift the rear of the panel up and slightly forward (red arrow). There are several clips on the front of the panel (yellow arrow) that you need to deal with next.

Gently pull the trim panel up while slipping your trim removal tool between the radio and the panel (yellow arrow).
Figure 10

Gently pull the trim panel up while slipping your trim removal tool between the radio and the panel (yellow arrow). Gently pry upwards with your trim removal tool.

This will free the panel from the dash (red arrow).
Figure 11

This will free the panel from the dash (red arrow). You still need to remove the electrical connections (yellow arrow).

Separate the wiring connections for the air bag warning light (red arrow) and the emergency flashers (yellow arrow).
Figure 12

Separate the wiring connections for the air bag warning light (red arrow) and the emergency flashers (yellow arrow).

The radio or center trim panel is one piece (red arrow).
Figure 13

The radio or center trim panel is one piece (red arrow). It has several small delicate plastic clips that you need to remove so take your time. You do not want to crack this piece or damage the clips.

Remove the two T20 Torx screws on the top of the panel (red arrows), one on each side of the radio.
Figure 14

Remove the two T20 Torx screws on the top of the panel (red arrows), one on each side of the radio.

Starting at the top of one side, gently pull the trim panel forward (red arrow).
Figure 15

Starting at the top of one side, gently pull the trim panel forward (red arrow). Slide your trim removal tool between the panel and dash and gently pry the panel away from the dash (yellow arrow).

There are a series of small clips along the lower section of the panel (red arrows).
Figure 16

There are a series of small clips along the lower section of the panel (red arrows). Gently slide the trim removal tool along the edge while prying the panel away from the dash.

This is a photo of the clips.
Figure 17

This is a photo of the clips. You can see that they are held in place by melted plastic (yellow arrow). The clip itself is delicate (red arrow). These clips are not sold separately. Breaking them will result in a loose fitting panel right in the center of your dash.

Remove the four T20 Torx screws holding the radio in place (red arrows).
Figure 18

Remove the four T20 Torx screws holding the radio in place (red arrows).

Pull the radio straight out from the dash in the direction of the red arrow.
Figure 19

Pull the radio straight out from the dash in the direction of the red arrow.

Slide up the hinge on the radio wiring harness (yellow arrow) and it will separate the connection and push the connection away from the radio.
Figure 20

Slide up the hinge on the radio wiring harness (yellow arrow) and it will separate the connection and push the connection away from the radio.

Squeeze in the connections for the antenna (red arrows).
Figure 21

Squeeze in the connections for the antenna (red arrows). The antenna connections are color coded so be sure to install them on the right connections. Installation is the reverse of removal. Use care when reinstalling the clips. They should all gently clip back in; if you are trying to force something you are doing something wrong. Take off and try gently again before you break it.

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