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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing the Lower Dash

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20 Torx, Trim removal tool, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Hot Tip:

Don't scratch the dash

Performance Gain:

Access to other systems

Complementary Modification:

Clean instrument cluster

You may need to remove the lower dash to access other components on your car. The lower dash on the passenger side of the car is part of the glove box. If you would like to remove it to get at the HVAC system please see our article on glove box removal for further assistance. The driver side dash consists of three components to remove completely.

You will need to remove the headlight switch to remove the dash.
Figure 1

You will need to remove the headlight switch to remove the dash. Begin with the switch in the off position (red arrow).

Press the switch straight in towards the front of the car (red arrow) and turn the switch clockwise until half way between the off and on position (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

Press the switch straight in towards the front of the car (red arrow) and turn the switch clockwise until half way between the off and on position (yellow arrow).

Pull the switch out from the dash (red arrow) by the switch knob.
Figure 3

Pull the switch out from the dash (red arrow) by the switch knob.

Pull the switch far enough from the dash that you can unplug the harness from the back (red arrow).
Figure 4

Pull the switch far enough from the dash that you can unplug the harness from the back (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.

To remove the lower dash on the driver's side begin by using your trim removal tool and removing the trim piece on the end of the dash.
Figure 5

To remove the lower dash on the driver's side begin by using your trim removal tool and removing the trim piece on the end of the dash. Open the door and gently pry it away from the dash (red arrow).

There are four T20 Torx screws that hold the dash in place (red arrows).
Figure 6

There are four T20 Torx screws that hold the dash in place (red arrows). Two screws are below the dash, one in the opening for the headlight switch and one under the gauge console center trim piece.

Pull the center trim piece straight back from the cluster.
Figure 7

Pull the center trim piece straight back from the cluster. There are two small clips (red arrows) that sit in mounting holes on the cluster (yellow arrows) along with a small centering notch (green arrow).

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single T20 Torx screw under the trim piece on the left side of the dash.
Figure 8

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single T20 Torx screw under the trim piece on the left side of the dash.

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single T20 Torx screw located behind the headlight switch (red arrow).
Figure 9

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single T20 Torx screw located behind the headlight switch (red arrow).

Remove the two T20 Torx screws under the dash (red arrows).
Figure 10

Remove the two T20 Torx screws under the dash (red arrows).

You can now pull the dash piece away from the dash (red arrow).
Figure 11

You can now pull the dash piece away from the dash (red arrow). The electrical connection is still connected to the dimmer switch so use care.

Remove the electrical connection for the switch (red arrow) and then squeeze the clips for the switch together to remove the switch from the dash (yellow arrows, only if replacing switch).
Figure 12

Remove the electrical connection for the switch (red arrow) and then squeeze the clips for the switch together to remove the switch from the dash (yellow arrows, only if replacing switch). Installation is the reverse of removal.

Remove the two T20 Torx screws from the kick panel (red arrows).
Figure 13

Remove the two T20 Torx screws from the kick panel (red arrows).

Slide the panel towards the front of the car and off its clips.
Figure 14

Slide the panel towards the front of the car and off its clips. Then lower the front of the panel (red arrow).

Remove the OBD II port by releasing the retaining clip (red arrow) with a small screwdriver.
Figure 15

Remove the OBD II port by releasing the retaining clip (red arrow) with a small screwdriver. Squeeze in the tabs (green arrows) on the electrical connection for the foot well light and remove.

Remove the center dashboard cover.
Figure 16

Remove the center dashboard cover. It is located up under the ash tray. Insert your trim removal tool and gently pry it down (red arrow). The cover is just held in by friction clips.

Remove the single T20 Torx holding the lower dash piece to the center console (red arrow).
Figure 17

Remove the single T20 Torx holding the lower dash piece to the center console (red arrow).

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single screw from the gauge cluster (red arrow).
Figure 18

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single screw from the gauge cluster (red arrow).

Remove the two T20 Torx screws on the lower part of the trim piece (red arrows).
Figure 19

Remove the two T20 Torx screws on the lower part of the trim piece (red arrows).

You can now gently pry the cover from the dash (red arrow).
Figure 20

You can now gently pry the cover from the dash (red arrow). There is a small clip (green arrow) that holds the dash cover behind the center console piece. Use care and slide the trim piece slightly to the left and gently pry it out with a trim removal tool. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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