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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Climate Controls

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 climate controls

Complementary Modification:

Clean air vents

The GTI MkV climate control units contains the controls for the temperature, air distribution, A/C controls, fresh air blower switch, interior temperature sensor, fresh air recirculation flip switch and on some units may also include rear window defroster and heated seat controls. You will need to set the control panel knobs in a specific order to remove and install the unit as described below.

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 plastic trim removal tool (red arrow).
Figure 2

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

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

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

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 and set aside, remove the two T20 Torx screws holding the vent trim piece to the dash (red arrows).
Figure 7

With the panel removed and set aside, 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.

You will need to remove the radio.
Figure 18

You will need to remove the radio. Please see our article on Radio Removal for additional assistance.

You need to set the control knobs at specific places to remove the wiring harness and when you reinstall the unit.
Figure 19

You need to set the control knobs at specific places to remove the wiring harness and when you reinstall the unit. Set the temperature setting at full cold (red arrow), the climatic control to off (yellow arrow) and the air diverter to floor only (green arrow).

There are eight T20 Torx screws that hold the control unit in place.
Figure 20

There are eight T20 Torx screws that hold the control unit in place. Four are short screws (red arrows) and four are long screws (yellow arrows).

The shorter screws around the outside of the unit have plastic bushings (red arrows).
Figure 21

The shorter screws around the outside of the unit have plastic bushings (red arrows).

This photo illustrates the size of the longer T20 Torx screws (red arrow) and their placement (yellow arrows).
Figure 22

This photo illustrates the size of the longer T20 Torx screws (red arrow) and their placement (yellow arrows).

Pull the unit from the dash just far enough to access the wiring harness.
Figure 23

Pull the unit from the dash just far enough to access the wiring harness. Turn the unit over and remove the larger connection. Squeeze the two tabs in (red arrows) and pull the connection from the unit.

There are two connections on the top of the unit (yellow arrows).
Figure 24

There are two connections on the top of the unit (yellow arrows).

To remove these you will first lift the red tab up (yellow arrow) then squeeze the black tab in (green arrow).
Figure 25

To remove these you will first lift the red tab up (yellow arrow) then squeeze the black tab in (green arrow).

Gently wiggle and pull the connection until it separates from the unit (red arrow).
Figure 26

Gently wiggle and pull the connection until it separates from the unit (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure to set the unit at the settings explained inPicture 19 before reinstalling the unit. Use care reinstalling all the panels. Everything should snap easily back together. If you are finding yourself forcing something, stop and remove and reinstall the part.

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luc Comments: what about the temperature control cable
May 31, 2016
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