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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Bumper Cover Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

****

Tools:

T25 Torx driver, small flat head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Front bumper cover

Hot Tip:

Remove the front grille and wheels liners beforehand

Performance Gain:

Access to radiator and radiator fans

Complementary Modification:

Replace headlight bulbs

Various projects on the Mk4 Jetta require removal of the front bumper cover, such as extending the radiator support to the service position as well as removing the radiator. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the front bumper cover. Keep in mind that you'll need to remove the front grille beforehand. See our article on Front Grille Removal for more information.

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw (green arrow) securing the bumper cover to the right of the upper radiator support.
Figure 1

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw (green arrow) securing the bumper cover to the right of the upper radiator support.

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw (green arrow) securing the bumper cover to the left of the upper radiator support.
Figure 2

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw (green arrow) securing the bumper cover to the left of the upper radiator support.

Loosen and remove the three T25 Torx screws (green arrows) securing the bumper cover to the center of the radiator support.
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the three T25 Torx screws (green arrows) securing the bumper cover to the center of the radiator support.

Left and Right sides of car: Pull the bulb holder (green arrow) out of the turn signal and let it hang loose.
Figure 4

Left and Right sides of car: Pull the bulb holder (green arrow) out of the turn signal and let it hang loose.

Left and Right sides of car: You'll need to remove the front grilles from the left and right sides of the car to access the mounting point behind.
Figure 5

Left and Right sides of car: You'll need to remove the front grilles from the left and right sides of the car to access the mounting point behind. From above the grille, use a small flathead screwdriver to press down the locking tabs (green arrows) securing the grilles in place. Note: if your car is equipped with fog lights, disconnect the electrical connection on the backside of the light.

Left and Right sides of car: Shown here is a close up of one of the locking tabs on the grille (green arrow).
Figure 6

Left and Right sides of car: Shown here is a close up of one of the locking tabs on the grille (green arrow). You'll need to press these down to release the grille.

Left and Right sides of car: Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw holding the bumper cover to the radiator support (green arrow).
Figure 7

Left and Right sides of car: Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw holding the bumper cover to the radiator support (green arrow). Note that these screws were missing from our project car.

Left and Right sides of car: Pull the sides of the bumper cover forward (green arrow).
Figure 8

Left and Right sides of car: Pull the sides of the bumper cover forward (green arrow). The ends are supported by tracks that slide onto the fender. Make sure these are aligned correctly when re-installing the bumper cover.

And here's the finished result, with the front bumper cover removed.
Figure 9

And here's the finished result, with the front bumper cover removed. Installing the front bumper cover is the reverse order of removal.

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