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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Cover Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20 & T30 Torx drivers

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Rear bumper cover

Hot Tip:

Remove the rear taillight before hand

Performance Gain:

Access to components behind cover

Complementary Modification:

Replace rear taillight bulbs

A few jobs on the Mk4 Jetta require removing the rear bumper cover to access the components behind. The bumper cover is held on the rear by a series of screws. Removal should take no more than an hour. Keep in mind that you will need to remove both taillight housings to access the screws underneath. See our article on Taillight Housing Removal for more information.

Removing the rear bumper cover on the Mk4 Jetta is pretty easy.
Figure 1

Removing the rear bumper cover on the Mk4 Jetta is pretty easy. Begin by removing the taillight housings. See our article on Taillight Housing Removal for more information.

Left and Right Sides of car: Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the top edge of the bumper cover to the rear wheel liner.
Figure 2

Left and Right Sides of car: Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the top edge of the bumper cover to the rear wheel liner.

Left and Right Sides of car: Loosen and remove the two T30 Torx screws (green arrow) holding the rear wheel liner to the bottom of the rear bumper cover.
Figure 3

Left and Right Sides of car: Loosen and remove the two T30 Torx screws (green arrow) holding the rear wheel liner to the bottom of the rear bumper cover.

Left and Right Sides of car: Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the bumper cover to the chassis.
Figure 4

Left and Right Sides of car: Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the bumper cover to the chassis.

Loosen and remove the three T30 Torx screws (green arrows) securing the rear bumper cover to the underside of the bumper.
Figure 5

Loosen and remove the three T30 Torx screws (green arrows) securing the rear bumper cover to the underside of the bumper. At this point, you can just slide the bumper cover back off the car.

Here's the finished result with the bumper cover removed.
Figure 6

Here's the finished result with the bumper cover removed. Installing the bumper cover is the reverse order of removal.

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