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Pelican Technical Article:

Trunk Lid Catch Trim Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$80

Talent:

***

Tools:

Body panel pry tool

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Trunk lid catch trim

Hot Tip:

Pull out all the mounting tabs from the trunk

Performance Gain:

Easier closing trunk lid

Complementary Modification:

Replace taillight bulbs

The trunk lid catch trim on the Mk4 Jetta has a small decorative flap than can sometimes get banged up from years of use. This sometimes results in the flap bending and making the trunk lid difficult to close. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the trim piece.

Shown here is the metal flap (green arrow) that can be damaged.
Figure 1

Shown here is the metal flap (green arrow) that can be damaged. Replacement of the flap requires replacing the whole trim piece.

Left and Right Sides - Pop the retaining grommet (green arrow) out of the trunk liner and carefully peel the liner out from under the trim piece (purple arrow).
Figure 2

Left and Right Sides - Pop the retaining grommet (green arrow) out of the trunk liner and carefully peel the liner out from under the trim piece (purple arrow).

Left and Right Sides: Note the mounting clips (green arrow) left behind in the chassis.
Figure 3

Left and Right Sides: Note the mounting clips (green arrow) left behind in the chassis. It is likely that one or all of them will need to be popped out. Note the channel (yellow arrow) in the trim piece. The clips slide into these channels.

Now carefully lift the trim piece up and out from inside the trunk.
Figure 4

Now carefully lift the trim piece up and out from inside the trunk. Installing the new trim piece is the reverse order of removal. Be sure to locate the mounting clips correctly when popping the panel into place.

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