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Pelican Technical Article:

Cowl Panel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

20 minutes20 mins

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic pry bar

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Cowl panel

Hot Tip:

Take care removing the cowl panel. They are flimsy.

Performance Gain:

Access to ECU and wiper arm assembly

Complementary Modification:

Replace wiper arm motor

The cowl panel on the Mk4 Jetta must be removed in order to access the vehicle's ECU and also the windshield wiper arm assembly. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing it. Keep in mind that the plastic cowl panel can be a little flimsy. Years of exposure to the elements tend to leave the cowl panel brittle. Use care when popping the panel up off the windshield.

Begin by removing the wiper arms.
Figure 1

Begin by removing the wiper arms. See our article on Windshield Wiper Arm Removal for more information. Use a plastic pry bar and carefully pry up the rear edge of the cowl panel from the windshield. Keep working along the edge of the panel (green arrows) until the cowl panel is released.

Pull the weather stripping off from the front edge of the cowl panel.
Figure 2

Pull the weather stripping off from the front edge of the cowl panel.

Carefully lift the cowl panel up and out from behind the hood.
Figure 3

Carefully lift the cowl panel up and out from behind the hood. Take care when doing this as the cowl panel can be brittle due to years of exposure to the elements.

Here's the finished result with the cowl panel removed.
Figure 4

Here's the finished result with the cowl panel removed. You now have access to the car's ECU and windshield wiper assembly. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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