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    Thread: How To: Remove the Engine Cover from the Jetta 2.5L Engine

    1. 03-09-2006 01:37 PM #1
      I didn't see a post for the 2.5L Engine Cover so here goes....

      Tools You'll need:

      Phillips Screwdriver
      Slotted Pliers
      Torx 15 Driver

      This image basically shows the points where the cover is attached:

      First Step is to remove the torx screws holding the cover to the air intake:

      Next Remove the sensor connection:

      Use the pliers to release the hose:

      Now to the cover itself:

      You will need to use some pressure to pull the cover from the mounts.
      I pulled up on the lower left corner and it will sort of pop free, like pulling
      a cork out of a bottle. Repeat this with the other corners.

      Finally you will need to wiggle the cover free from the engine compartment.
      There is a down-tube on the back of the cover that requires some work to wiggle it free.

      This Picture shows the back of the cover:

      To remove the air filter simply remove the screws on the back of the engine cover.

      The screws are numbered 1-5 so I removed them in that order

      The filter cover then can be opened as so:

      Modified by texallen01 at 10:43 AM 3-9-2006

    2. 03-09-2006 02:17 PM #2
      THanks for the write up.

    3. 03-09-2006 02:25 PM #3
      that filter is pretty long

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      03-09-2006 05:55 PM #4
      somewhere around here is a thread where i did the same thing and took pictures when i installed the K&N. I'll take a look but your pictures are better than mine anyway.

    5. Senior Member mujjuman's Avatar
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      08-08-2006 04:50 AM #5
      thanks for the DIY

    6. 08-12-2006 03:49 PM #6
      i used this write up today on a 2006 rabbit .ts exactly the same....very helpfull.....thank you

      Modified by rickdreyes at 12:52 PM 8-12-2006

    7. 08-12-2006 04:47 PM #7
      good work

    8. 08-31-2006 11:19 PM #8
      good post. Does anyone know if there is a K&N filter for the Rabbit?

    9. 09-01-2006 03:13 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by dudleyrabbit »
      good post. Does anyone know if there is a K&N filter for the Rabbit?

      If its the same as the 2.5 jetta then yes there is.

    10. 09-02-2006 07:33 PM #10
      I was told by K&N that the Jetta filter is really not the right filter for the Rabbit. I am not sure if they are just saying that, we will see in a month or so. I was told they will have to do some test before recommending a filter.

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      12-08-2006 01:48 PM #11
      since it is the same engine on the same frame, it should be the same filter. Just check the PN for the Jetta and rabbit filters, if they are the same then you should be golden.

    12. 01-12-2007 01:38 PM #12
      this was a lot of help. thanks

    13. 04-06-2007 04:34 PM #13
      where do you grab to remove the sensor??

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      04-14-2007 05:52 PM #14
      For the life of me, that sensor will not come off. Also, it looks like I have have a nother sensor on the air intake thats not in your picture.

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      06-15-2007 05:33 PM #15
      Any pictures of the engine bay minus the cover?

    16. 06-15-2007 05:37 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by soundguydave »
      For the life of me, that sensor will not come off. Also, it looks like I have have a nother sensor on the air intake thats not in your picture.

      x2 ... hopefully someone can provide some tips. Pull straight off or need a flathead somewhere?

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      06-15-2007 05:41 PM #17
      My bagged CC 3.6 VR6 4motion Thread

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      06-15-2007 05:44 PM #18
      On TDIs, installing a K&N filter is a no-no; I think it's because it fouls up the MAF sensor with oily residue. Could that be a concern on the 2.5 and it's post-air filter sensors? Just curious.
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      06-29-2007 07:20 PM #19
      just finished installing my K&N... thank you for the how-to, although, as pointed out earlier, there's an extra sensor on many of our engines that yours doesnt have... just at the bend in the air intake (right behind the right side torx screw).

      to remove this sensor, it's easiest to spin the lower body of the sensor around (make the VW/Audi symbol face downward) and use a flat-head screwdriver to pull up gently on the clip. The housing should separate easily from the gray sensor body.

      total time was about 30 min to install, though 15 of that was trying to get the hose clamp back on with only a leatherman, rather than a pair of channel-locks. i had to bike down to autozone and pick up a set of proper pliers to finish it.

    20. 07-29-2007 02:51 PM #20
      The best way to remove the sensors is to pry gently on the tabs with the notch in them. This releases a catch and they pull right off. Once off you can see the catch on the inside of the connector.

      The K&N filter really improved throttle response and I think the power is better as well. The engine noise is slightly more throaty now as well. It will be interesting to see how the gas mileage changes as well.

      The air flow was so good that the engine had to relearn the idle setting taking about 20 seconds to settle down to a normal idle. This was also apparent on the other RPM ranges as driving it seemed to be adjusting as I drove. After running through the gears for 10 minutes city driving it seemed to have the new flows learned though.

    21. 07-29-2007 03:09 PM #21
      Is there a similar write-up for the GTI?

    22. 10-26-2007 05:30 PM #22
      when you take the cover off... can it stay off and the filter put on minus the cover? i'm trying to build my own cai short ram and i need the cover off for a while, but still need to drive...

    23. 10-30-2007 02:26 PM #23
      Thanks to the write up, the installation of my K&N was super smooth and easy!

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      01-04-2008 11:26 PM #24
      Write up was awesome, Install of K&N was smooth and the pictures were great reference. Thanks!!
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    25. 01-05-2008 01:09 AM #25
      good thing u posted this as i will be taking mine of my rabbit 2morrow to install my intake

    26. Member ESP_OFF's Avatar
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      01-05-2008 03:01 AM #26
      Quote, originally posted by jetta1.8tbee »
      that filter is pretty long

      That's what she said..

    27. 01-05-2008 04:12 AM #27
      Quote, originally posted by ESP_OFF »

      That's what he said..

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      01-07-2008 12:58 AM #29
      kthnx for misquoting me..

    30. 02-06-2008 10:49 PM #30
      Today i tried to remove the engine cover and I noticed that the small tab that is depressed to remove it was cracked and barely holding, of course, I touched it and just fell off, now I cannot get the sensor detached, is it possible to buy the cap? the part where the fingers are holding it in the picture I must say...

      Modified by jtovarrr at 7:51 PM 2-6-2008

    31. 05-01-2008 07:57 PM #31
      How the hell do I get that damn sensor off.
      I worked for about 20 minutes to pull it off, but nothing.
      Where to I need to wedge the srewdriver?
      I almost broke the thing.

    32. 05-06-2008 03:32 PM #32
      any body?

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      05-06-2008 03:51 PM #33
      Quote, originally posted by kaljr82 »
      any body?

      just take out the maf then.

      i think it's a 20 torx.

      it should be a tab release and pull scenario though.

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      06-11-2008 12:38 PM #34
      I gave up on the connector. Layed down a blanket over the drivers fender, then flipped gently over the engine cover and worked on it in the engine bay...again gently, no pulling wires. Not recommended,
      His: 07 MK5 CW 4dr,2.5L std (114k): 18" RML Snowflakes w/ 225/40/18 Falken 912's, K&N airfilter
      Hers: 08 MK5 Salsa Jetta 4dr, 2.5L Tiptronic (90k): Hankook Ventus V4 ES on 16" MUGELLO's
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    35. 06-11-2008 12:40 PM #35
      move to DIY


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