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Pelican Technical Article:

Lower Dashboard Panel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

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

Hot Tip:

Make sure the arms of the lower panel fit correctly when

Complementary Modification:

Replace brake light switch

Various projects for the VW Jetta require removing the lower dashboard panel, such as replacing the brake light switch. Removing the panel is easy and should not take more than an hour. Take care removing the panel pieces, as the plastic is very flimsy.

When reinstalling the panel, take note of the plastic arms mounted on the panel. The fingers of the panel should slide right into the dashboard, if you have everything lined up correctly.

Various projects on the VW Jett require removal of the lower dashboard panel.
Figure 1

Various projects on the VW Jett require removal of the lower dashboard panel. In this article I'll show you how.

Loosen and remove the three T20 Torx screws from the lower dashboard panel, as shown here.
Figure 2

Loosen and remove the three T20 Torx screws from the lower dashboard panel, as shown here.

Pull out the side panel covering the fuse box (yellow arrow) and then carefully pull the trim piece (green arrow) off.
Figure 3

Pull out the side panel covering the fuse box (yellow arrow) and then carefully pull the trim piece (green arrow) off. Take care when doing so, as the plastic is rather flimsy.

Remove the remaining T20 Torx screw (green arrow) and carefully pull the trim piece (yellow arrow) off.
Figure 4

Remove the remaining T20 Torx screw (green arrow) and carefully pull the trim piece (yellow arrow) off. As before, use caution to avoid damaging the plastic.

The lower dashboard panel (green arrow) can now be pulled down and out of the car.
Figure 5

The lower dashboard panel (green arrow) can now be pulled down and out of the car.

Note the guide piece (green arrow) on the right side.
Figure 6

Note the guide piece (green arrow) on the right side. When refitting the lower panel, make sure the finger slides in.

Here's a picture of the left side guide piece (green arrow).
Figure 7

Here's a picture of the left side guide piece (green arrow). Be sure the finger of the lower panel fits into place. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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