I had some free time and all the necessary pics, so I put this little DIY together. Hope it's useful to someone.
PART II: STEPS FOR REMOVING DRIVER'S SIDE DASH TRIM, BRAKE-LIGHT SWITCH, RADIO/CUBBY HOLE, FRONT CUPHOLDER AND RADIO/HVAC TRIM CAGE
The following outlines the procedure for removing the above items on a MKIV Jetta and Golf/GTI. This DIY (PART II) is a continuation of PART I - I had to break the DIY up into two threads since the single-thread version far exceeded the 20000 character limit for a single post. It also helps make the DIY more searchable, since the parts covered in PART II will be listed in the thread title.
The procedure below was based on a 99.5 Jetta GLS VR6 with manual HVAC controls - it may be slightly different on later-models cars and on those with CLIMATRONIC. Please do these procedures at your own risk and be ready to make small adjustments while doing them. Also, please be observant while removing parts so that they go back together correctly.
Some of the pictures in PART II of the DIY were taken without performing all of the steps in PART I (I had reassembled the items in PART I and did not want to disassemble them again), so items that should have already been removed may appear in some of the pictures. Please disregard the discrepancies in continuity. If you follow the steps as written and only focus on the piece(s) of interest in the photos below, you should have no problems completing all of the disassembly steps. Thanks to nimhrat for providing the photos associated with the removal of the OEM radio (I have an aftermarket headunit) and the flap on the new style front cupholder - they were taken from the following thread - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=961773). Also, thanks to firstname.lastname@example.org for the image of the single-DIN support tray in step 54.
- To remove the driver's side trim, follow steps 43 through 47.
- To remove the brake light switch, follow steps 43 through 50.
- To remove the radio and cubby hole (if applicable), follow steps 51 and 52.
- To remove the front cupholder, follow steps 57 through 58.
- If you are doing a trim swap and need to remove the radio/HVAC trim cage and swap the cupholder flap, complete PART I of this DIY and then follow steps 43 through 61.
Before beginning PART II, perform the necessary steps from PART I, as outlined above.
43. Remove the driver's side dash trim by opening the fuse panel access door on the driver's side of the dashboard. The switchblade key is useful for this step, as shown below.
44. Once the fuse panel access door is open pull off the trim piece which contains the door using both hands, as shown below (only one hand is shown since I needed the other one to take the picture).
45. The picture below shows why the fuse panel trim piece can be difficult to remove - it is held on by 3 clips (yellow arrows) and 1 tab (red arrow).
46. Remove the dash trim piece to the lower left of the steering wheel by removing the two T20 Torx screws at the bottom of the piece (indicated by the arrows in the picture below) and pulling the trim piece off of the dash.
47. Remove the dash trim piece to the lower right of the steering wheel in the same manner. Remove the two T20 Torx screws (indicated by the arrows in the picture below) and pull the trim piece off of the dash.
48. If you want to access the brake light switch or anything else up under the dash, remove the panel above the driver's side footwell by uncliping the front of the panel (pull the area indicated by the yellow arrow in the picture below toward the rear of the car) and then sliding the panel out from under the dash. Note that the edge of the panel closest to the front of the car is secured by two horizontal slots (white plastic), indicated the red arrows in the picture below. This step is not necessary for the further disassembly of the center console/radio/HVAC area. If you are not accessing the brake light switch or anything else up under the dash, goto step 51 (ignore steps 49 and 50).
49. The picture below shows the location of the brake light switch, which is indicated by the arrow. This switch often malfunctions and need to be adjusted or replaced. To remove the switch from it's bracket, rotate the switch CCW (35-45° or 90°, depending on which version you have) and slide it towards the rear of the car. DO NOT PRESS DOWN THE BRAKE PEDAL WHILE DOING THIS OR THE INTERNAL MECHANISM OF THE SWITCH (on the most recent versions) WILL BREAK!!! To install a new brake light switch (without destroying it as many people have), follow the directions I posted in the following DIY - Installing a new brake light switch (without destroying it!).
50. To disconnect the brake light switch from it's harness connector, push the two tabs (indicated by arrows in the picture below) toward each other and pull the harness connector off of the switch.
51. The next step is the removal of the radio - the directions for this depend on what type of radio you have. If you have a stock VW radio, insert the radio removal keys into the vertical slots at the edge of the radio face (indicated by the arrows in the picture below), press the keys in all the way while at the same time pulling back on the radio to slide it out of it's DIN slot. Once it's out, disconnect the power, speaker and antenna connections behind the radio.
52. If you have a double-DIN radio, remove the double-DIN unit as described above and goto step 55. If you have separate single-DIN radio and CD units, remove both units as described above and continue on with step 53. If you have a single-DIN radio and a cubby hole, remove the radio as described above. Next pull the cubby hole unit toward the rear of the car to remove it - it's secured by a single tab at the back (edge closest to front of car) - and then continue on with step 53. If you have an aftermarket head unit, remove the headunit per the manufacturer's instructions and also remove the DIN cage that the headunit slides into.
53. Remove the support tray between the two single-DIN slots, shown in the picture below.
54. The DIN support tray is secured with a clip on either side (yellow arrows in picture below) and a tab at the rear (red arrow in picture below). Undo the clip on both sides of the tray (may need to use a screwdriver or other tool - I can't remember) and then pull the tray out to disconnect the tab at the rear.
55. Remove the trim from around the HVAC controls using a screwdriver or other suitable tool, as shown below.
56. Remove the four T20 Torx screws at the corners of the HVAC controls, as indicated by the arrows in the picture below.
57. Open the front cupholder flap while keeping the actual cupholder tucked away in it's slot. To do this, push on the flap to release the cupholder, push the cuphloder back in but don't fold the flap down, as shown below. The cupholder unit is secured to the cage surrounding the cupholder/radio/HVAC controls by two tabs, indicated by the arrows in the picture below. Move the tabs toward each other simultaneously using a screw driver and then slide the cupholder unit out. This is actually much easier then it sounds - move one clip to the side and then pull that side of the cupholder unit out a little to keep the clip from springing back. Carefully move the clip on the other side and then pull the unit out.
58. The picture below shows one of the clips that secures the cupholder in place.
59. Finally, remove the four T20 Torx screws that attach the radio/HVAC trim cage to the dashboard. There are two screws on each side of the cage. The screws on the driver's side are shown in the picture below - the screws on the passenger's side are in the identical spots. You should now be able to remove the trim cage from the dashboard.
60. If you need to swap the cupholder flap, follow the procedure corresponding to the type of cupholder that you have. If you have the older-style cupholder (the one with out the spring-loaded arms), remove the flap by pushing out the hinge pins on the flap, indicated by the arrows in the picture below.
61. If you have the newer-style cupholder (the one with the spring-loaded arms, remove the flap by using a screwdriver to pop off the metal tabs that secure it to the main cupholder unit, as shown below.
D. If you remove the panel about the driver's side footwell, remember to correctly slide the rear of the panel into the two white plastic retaining slots, one of which is shown in the picture below.
E. The rest of the reinstallation should be the exact opposite of the above - follow steps 43 through 61 in reverse.
Let me know if you have any questions.
As always, do this procedure at your own risk. I am not responsible for any mistakes in the procedure or those that you make while performing it.
Modified by VgRt6 at 8:39 PM 5-11-2004