Volkswagen Cars 2000-05

Instrument Panel & Pad

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Exploded view of knee bar



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Fig. Exploded view of the instrument pannel pad

On Cabriolet with an air bag, disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least 20 minutes for the back-up power supply to discharge. Make sure no one is in the vehicle when connecting the battery. Unintended deployment of the air bag can cause serious or fatal injury.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the gear shift knob and boot and remove the center console.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the knee bar from below the dashboard.
  8.  
  9. Remove the steering column support bracket and lower the column.
  10.  
  11. Pull the knobs off the heater controls and remove the control assembly and the radio.
  12.  
  13. Remove the headlight switch and switch blanks to gain access to the screws. Remove the instrument cluster and trim panel around the cluster.
  14.  
  15. Remove the glove compartment.
  16.  
  17. At the firewall, remove the plastic tray and remove the 2 nuts holding the top of the dashboard.
  18.  
  19. .Remove the main fuse panel and disconnect the plugs at the back. Disconnect the ground wires.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect any remaining wiring from the dashboard and remove the 4 last screws; 1 at each end and 1 at each end of the instrument cluster area. Remove the dashboard.
  22.  

To install:

  1. Fit the dashboard into place and start all 4 screws, then tighten them.
  2.  
  3. Install the fuse panel and connect the wiring.
  4.  
  5. Secure the steering column into place.
  6.  
  7. Install the switches and instrument cluster.
  8.  
  9. Install the heater controls and radio.
  10.  
  11. Install the console and connect all wiring.
  12.  
  13. Connect the battery to test the electrical system.
  14.  
  15. Install the steering wheel, knee bar and all remaining components.
  16.  


CAUTION
The models covered by this section are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS.

  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the center console.
  4.  
  5. Remove the driver's side airbag.
  6.  
  7. Center and remove the steering wheel.
  8.  
  9. Remove the fasteners in recessed holes of the lower steering column cover and remove the upper column cover.
  10.  
  11. Remove the bolt at the base of the lower column cover and the fasteners on the bottom and face of the cover, then release the column height adjustment lever and remove the lower cover.
  12.  
  13. Remove the steering column switch-retaining bolt, disconnect all of the electrical connectors and remove the switches.
  14.  
  15. Remove the left side dash fuse cover and remove the dash mounting bolts.
  16.  
  17. Remove the driver's side under dash panel fasteners, disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the panel.
  18.  
  19. Slide the articulated steering column cover trim upward and hold in place with a screwdriver handle, then remove the fasteners from the upper inside and outer side tabs of the cover and remove the cover.
  20.  
  21. Remove the fasteners at the base of the instrument cluster, pull the cluster outward and disconnect the electrical connectors and then remove the cluster.
  22.  
  23. Remove the dashboard mounting bolts from the underside portion of the dash on the left and right sides of the steering column.
  24.  
  25. Using 2 Tool No. 3316 radio release keys, or their equivalent, remove the radio enough to access the electrical connectors, disconnect the connectors and remove the radio.
  26.  
  27. Release the trim panel surrounding the climate control knobs.
  28.  
  29. Remove the 8 fasteners located below and inside the trim and around the climate control head, then remove the instrument panel cover and disconnect the electrical connectors. Allow the control head to rest inside the panel without removing or disconnecting any of the cables.
  30.  
  31. Remove the 5 fasteners at the top of the opening above the control head securing the dash pad.
  32.  
  33. Remove the trim and the bolt just below the left lower corner of the glove box.
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  35. Remove the trim caps from the right lower A-pillar trim, remove the fasteners and release the trim from the door sill and remove.
  36.  
  37. Remove the 2 fasteners at the bottom corners of the glove box door.
  38.  
  39. Open the glove box door and remove the surrounding bolts, then carefully release the glove box assembly from the dash panel.
  40.  
  41. Carefully release the right side dash trim panel, from its clips and remove the mounting bolts, then disconnect the electrical connector.
  42.  
  43. Inspect the dash assembly making sure all fasteners, components and electrical connectors have been properly disconnected or removed.
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  45. Carefully remove the dash panel assembly from the vehicle.
  46.  
  47. Installation is in reverse order of removal.
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Fig. Fastener location for the driver's side trim and column switches-1.8L Passat illustrated



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Fig. Fastener location for the driver's side fasteners and the radio removal tool and location used to release the radio-1.8L Passat illustrated



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Fig. The passenger side trim removal and fastener location for the glove box and A-pillar trim-1.8L Passat model illustrated



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Fig. Center and right side dash trim mounting fasteners and location-1.8L Passat model illustrated


NOTE
Be sure to obtain the anti-theft code for the radio.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the driver-s side air bag by performing the following procedure:

    Release the steering column adjustment.
     
    Rotate the steering wheel until the spokes are vertical (90 degrees off center).
     
    Adjust the steering column to the completely out down position and lock the adjustment.
     
    At the rear of the steering wheel, insert a 7 in. (175mm) screwdriver into the hole in the hub approximately 1 3 / 4 in. (45mm) deep.
     
    Twist the screwdriver counterclockwise (as viewed from the driver-s seat) to release the air bag clip.
     
    Rotate the steering wheel 180 degrees in the opposite direction and release the clip on the other side.
     
    Center the steering wheel with the front wheels facing straight-ahead.
     
    Disconnect the electrical connector and remove the air bag.
     

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel by performing the following procedure:

    Place the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
     
    Disconnect the horn-s electrical connector.
     
    Remove the steering wheel-to-steering column bolt and discard it.
     
    Remove the steering wheel from the steering column.
     

  6.  
  7. Remove the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:
    NOTE
    To remove the Radio Release tool(s) No. 3344, press the locating tabs (located on both sides of the radio) inward and remove them.



    Remove the upper steering column cover screws and the cover.
     
    Remove the lower steering column cover screws, release the steering wheel height adjustment and remove the lower steering column switch trim.
     
    Remove the combination switch-to-steering column bolt, disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the combination switch.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the lower instrument panel cover screws and the cover.
     
    At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, remove the side cover.
     
    At the center of the instrument panel, remove both switch assembly covers, the 4 switch assembly-to-panel screws and the switch assembly.
     
    Remove the 4 heater/ventilator control unit-to-instrument panel screws and move the control unit under the instrument panel with the cables attached.
     
    Remove the 6 glove box-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the glove box light connector and remove the glove box.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the instrument panel-s end cover and remove the 2 light switch screws.
     
    Rotate the light switch knob to 0 , press the knob inward, rotate it clockwise; then, pull the switch outward and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Unclip the illumination control switch and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    At the steering column, remove the instrument panel trim-to-instrument panel screws and the trim.
     
    Remove the knee bar-to-instrument panel screws and the knee bar.
     
    Slide the center instrument panel cover forward out of the retainer and remove it; then, remove the 3 instrument panel-to-chassis screws.
     
    At the upper center of the instrument panel, lift both (left and right) plenum panel covers from the front and rear edge clips; then, move the covers toward the center and out of the A-pillar retainers.
     
    Unclip and remove the instrument cluster trim.
     
    Remove the 2 instrument cluster-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the multi-pin electrical connector and remove the instrument cluster.
     
    Slide the Radio Release tool No. 3344 into the slots at both sides of the radio until they engage; then, pull the radio out of the instrument panel and disconnect the electrical connectors.
     



    If not equipped with a radio, remove the center instrument panel-s trim cover.
     
    Remove the 2 center instrument panel-to-instrument panel screws and the center panel.
     
    At the center of the instrument panel, remove the air duct.
     
    At the glove box location, remove the 2 frame-to-instrument panel screws and the frame.
     
    Remove the instrument panel-to-chassis screws and the instrument panel from the crossmember.
     

  8.  
  9. Loosen the instrument panel crossmember-to-chassis bolts and lift the crossmember upward.

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    Fig. Releasing the driver-s side air bag-New Beetle



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    Fig. Exploded view of the instrument panel, crossmember and related components-New Beetle

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To install:

  1. Lower the crossmember, install the instrument panel crossmember-to-chassis bolts and torque the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:

    Install the instrument panel and the instrument panel-to-chassis screws.
     
    At the glove box location, install the frame and the frame-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    At the center of the instrument panel, install the air duct.
     
    Install the center instrument panel and the 2 center panel-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    If not equipped with a radio, install the center instrument panel-s trim cover.
     
    Connect the electrical connectors and slide the radio into the instrument panel.
     
    Install the instrument cluster, connect the multi-pin electrical connector and install the 2 instrument cluster-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Install the instrument cluster trim.
     
    Install both (left and right) plenum panel covers.
     
    Install the 3 instrument panel-to-chassis screws and the center instrument panel cover.
     
    Install the knee bar and the knee bar-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    At the steering column, install the instrument panel trim and the trim-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Connect the electrical connector and install the illumination control switch.
     
    Connect the light switch electrical connector and install the switch.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the 2 light switch screws and the instrument panel-s end cover.
     
    Install the glove box, connect the glove box light connector and install the 6 glove box-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Install the heater/ventilator control unit and the 4 heater/ventilator control unit-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    At the center of the instrument panel, install the switch assembly, the 4 switch assembly-to-panel screws and both switch assembly covers.
     
    At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, install the side cover.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the lower instrument panel cover and the cover screws.
     
    Install the combination switch, connect the electrical connectors and install the combination switch-to-steering column bolt.
     
    Install the lower steering column switch trim and the lower steering column cover screws.
     
    Install the upper steering column cover and the cover screws.
     

  4.  
  5. Install the steering wheel by performing the following procedure:

    Install the steering wheel to the steering column.
     
    Install the new steering wheel-to-steering column bolt and torque it to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
     
    Connect the horn-s electrical connector.
     

  6.  
  7. Connect the electrical connector and install the air bag.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  


NOTE
Be sure to obtain the anti-theft code for the radio.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the driver-s side air bag by performing the following procedure:

    Release the steering column adjustment.
     
    Rotate the steering wheel until the spokes are vertical (90 degrees off center).
     
    Adjust the steering column to the completely out down position and lock the adjustment.
     
    At the rear of the steering wheel, insert a 7 in. (175mm) screwdriver into the hole in the hub approximately 1 3 / 4 in. (45mm) deep.
     
    Raise the screwdriver (as viewed from the driver-s seat) to release the air bag clip.
     
    Rotate the steering wheel 180 degrees in the opposite direction and release the clip on the other side.
     
    Center the steering wheel with the front wheels facing straight-ahead.
     
    Disconnect the electrical connector and remove the air bag.
     

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel by performing the following procedure:
    NOTE
    The Multi-point socket head bolt can be used up to 5 times; be sure to place a punch mark on it each time it is reused.



    Place the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
     
    Remove the steering wheel-to-steering column bolt.
     



    Remove the steering wheel from the steering column.
     

  6.  
  7. Remove the center console-to-chassis bolts and the console.
  8.  
  9. Remove the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:
    NOTE
    To remove the Radio Release tool(s) No. 3316, press the locating tabs (located on both sides of the radio) inward and remove them.



    Remove the upper steering column cover screws and the cover.
     
    Remove the 3 lower steering column cover screws, release the steering wheel height adjustment and remove the lower steering column switch trim.
     
    Remove the combination switch-to-steering column bolt, disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the combination switch.
     
    At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, remove the side cover.
     
    Remove the 7 glove box-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the glove box light connector and remove the glove box.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the both lower instrument panel cover screws and the covers.
     
    Remove the DLC-to-bracket screws.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the 6 sound damper panel-to-instrument panel screws and the panel.
     
    Slide the Radio Release tool No. 3316 into the slots at both sides of the radio until they engage; then, pull the radio out of the instrument panel and disconnect the electrical connectors.
     



    At the center of the instrument pane (above the radio), unclip and remove the switches and disconnect the electrical connectors.
     
    Unclip and remove the Climatronic control (heater control) trim.
     
    Remove the 4 Climatronic control (heater control)-to-instrument panel screws and the control; then, disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Remove the 5 center reinforcement-to-chassis screws and the reinforcement.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the 3 footwell cover screws and the cover.
     
    Remove the 2 instrument cluster-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the multi-pin electrical connector and remove the instrument cluster.
     
    At the upper center of the instrument panel, unclip the photo sensor and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Rotate the light switch knob to 0 , press the knob inward, rotate it clockwise; then, pull the switch outward and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Unclip the illumination control switch and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Remove the instrument panel-to-chassis screws and the instrument panel from the crossmember.
     

  10.  
  11. Loosen the instrument panel crossmember-to-chassis bolts and lift the crossmember upward.

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    Fig. Releasing the driver-s side air bag-Golf



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    Fig. Exploded view of the center console and related components-Golf



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    Fig. Exploded view of the instrument panel, crossmember and related components-Golf

  12.  

To install:

  1. Tighten the instrument panel crossmember-to-chassis bolts.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:

    Install the instrument panel and the instrument panel-to-chassis screws.
     
    Connect the electrical connectors; then, install the light switch knob and the illumination control switch.
     
    At the upper center of the instrument panel, connect the electrical connector and install the photo sensor.
     
    Install the instrument cluster, connect the multi-pin electrical connector and install the 2 instrument cluster-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the footwell cover and the 3 cover screws.
     
    Install the center reinforcement and the 5 reinforcement-to-chassis screws.
     
    Connect the electrical connector; then, install the Climatronic control (heater control) and the 4 control-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Install the Climatronic control (heater control) trim.
     
    At the center of the instrument pane (above the radio), Install the switches and connect the electrical connectors.
     
    Connect the electrical connectors and install the radio.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the sound damper panel and the 6 panel-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Install the DLC-to-bracket screws.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the both lower instrument panel covers and the cover screws.
     
    Install the glove box, connect the glove box light connector and install the 7 glove box-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, install the side cover.
     
    Install the combination switch, connect the electrical connectors and install the combination switch-to-steering column bolt.
     
    Install the lower steering column cover, the 3 lower steering column cover screws and the lower steering column switch trim.
     
    Install the upper steering column cover and the cover screws.
     

  4.  
  5. Install the center console and the console-to-chassis bolts.
  6.  
  7. Install the steering wheel and the steering wheel-to-steering column bolt. Torque the multi-point socket head bolt to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
    NOTE
    The Multi-point socket head bolt can be used up to 5 times; be sure to place a punch mark on it each time it is reused.

  8.  
  9. Connect the electrical connector and install the air bag.
  10.  
  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
  12.  
  13. Operate the engine to normal operating temperatures; then, check the climate control operation and check for leaks.
  14.  


NOTE
Be sure to obtain the anti-theft code for the radio.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the driver-s side air bag by performing the following procedure:

    Release the steering column adjustment.
     
    Rotate the steering wheel until the spokes are vertical (90 degrees off center).
     
    Adjust the steering column to the completely out down position and lock the adjustment.
     
    At the rear of the steering wheel, insert a 7 in. (175mm) screwdriver into the hole in the hub approximately 1 3 / 4 in. (45mm) deep.
     
    Raise the screwdriver (as viewed from the driver-s seat) to release the air bag clip.
     
    Rotate the steering wheel 180 degrees in the opposite direction and release the clip on the other side.
     
    Center the steering wheel with the front wheels facing straight-ahead.
     
    Disconnect the electrical connector and remove the air bag.
     

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel by performing the following procedure:
    NOTE
    Two kinds of bolts are used: Standard (disconnected shortly after production) and Multi-point socket head. If equipped with a standard bolt, discard it. If equipped with a multi-point socket head bolt, it can be used up to 5 times; be sure to place a punch mark on it each time it is reused.



    Place the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
     
    Remove the steering wheel-to-steering column bolt.
     



    Remove the steering wheel from the steering column.
     

  6.  
  7. Remove the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:
    NOTE
    To remove the Radio Release tool(s) No. 3316, press the locating tabs (located on both sides of the radio) inward and remove them.



    Remove the 2 upper steering column cover screws and the cover.
     
    Remove the 4 lower steering column cover screws/bolt, release the steering wheel height adjustment and remove the lower steering column switch trim.
     
    Remove the combination switch-to-steering column bolt, disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the combination switch.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the lower -A- pillar trim bolt cover, the -A- pillar trim-to-chassis bolts and the trim.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the instrument panel-s end cover.
     
    Remove the 2 stowage compartment-to-instrument panel bolts, the 2 instrument panel-to-frame bolts and the stowage compartment.
     
    Disconnect the electrical connectors from the light switch and the headlight brightness control.
     
    At the steering column, slide the cover upward and place a screwdriver handle between the cover the steering column to secure it.
     
    Remove the 4 cover-to-instrument panel screws and the cover.
     
    Between the steering column and the instrument cluster, remove the 2 instrument panel insert screws and the panel.
     
    Disconnect the electrical connectors.
     
    At both sides of the steering column, remove the 2 instrument panel-to-frame bolts.
     
    Slide the Radio Release tool No. 3316 into the slots at both sides of the radio until they engage; then, pull the radio out of the instrument panel and disconnect the electrical connectors.
     



    At the center of the instrument panel, unclip and remove the control cluster trim.
     
    Remove the 8 center instrument panel cover-to-instrument panel bolts and the center panel; then, disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    At the top of the center instrument panel cover opening, remove the 5 instrument panel-to-bracket bolts.
     
    Under the left side of the glove box, remove the small piece of trim bolt and the trim.
     
    Under the right side of the glove box, remove the lower -A- pillar trim bolt cover, the -A- pillar trim-to-chassis bolts and the trim.
     
    Remove the 2 lower glove box bolts and open the glove box.
     
    Remove the 5 glove box-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the glove box light connector and remove the glove box.
     
    At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, remove the side cover.
     
    Remove the 4 instrument panel-to-bracket bolts and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Remove the instrument cluster.

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    Fig. Releasing the driver-s side air bag-Passat



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    Fig. Exploded view of the instrument panel, crossmember and related components-Passat

     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:

    Install the instrument cluster.
     
    Install the 4 instrument panel-to-bracket bolts and connect the electrical connector.
     
    At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, install the side cover.
     
    Install the glove box, connect the glove box light connector and install the 5 glove box-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Install the glove box and open the 2 lower glove box bolts.
     
    Under the right side of the glove box, install the lower -A- pillar trim, the -A- pillar trim-to-chassis bolts and the trim bolt cover.
     
    Under the left side of the glove box, install the small piece of trim and the bolt.
     
    At the top of the center instrument panel cover opening, install the 5 instrument panel-to-bracket bolts.
     
    Install the center instrument panel cover and the 8 center panel cover-to-instrument panel bolts; then, connect the electrical connector.
     
    At the center of the instrument panel, install the control cluster trim.
     
    Connect the electrical connectors and install the radio.
     
    At both sides of the steering column, install the 2 instrument panel-to-frame bolts.
     
    Connect the electrical connectors.
     
    Between the steering column and the instrument cluster, install the instrument panel insert and the 2 panel screws.
     
    At the steering column, install the cover and the 4 cover-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Connect the electrical connectors to the light switch and the headlight brightness control.
     
    Install the stowage compartment, the 2 instrument panel-to-frame bolts and the 2 stowage compartment-to-instrument panel bolts.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the instrument panel-s end cover.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the lower -A- pillar trim, the -A- pillar trim-to-chassis bolts and the trim bolt cover.
     
    Install the combination switch, connect the electrical connectors and install the combination switch-to-steering column bolt.
     
    Install the lower steering column cover trim and the lower steering column switch trim screws/bolt.
     
    Install the upper steering column cover and the 2 cover screws.
     

  2.  
  3. Install the steering wheel and the steering wheel-to-steering column bolt. Torque the standard bolt to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm) or the multi-point socket head bolt to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the electrical connector and install the air bag.
  6.  
  7. Connect the heater hoses to the heater core.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  
  11. Operate the engine to normal operating temperatures; then, check the climate control operation and check for leaks.
  12.  

Gti And Jetta

NOTE
Be sure to obtain the anti-theft code for the radio.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Drain the cooling system into a clean container for reuse.
  4.  
  5. Remove the driver-s side air bag by performing the following procedure:

    Release the steering column adjustment.
     
    Rotate the steering wheel until the spokes are vertical (90 degrees off center).
     
    Adjust the steering column to the completely out down position and lock the adjustment.
     
    At the rear of the steering wheel, insert a 7 in. (175mm) screwdriver into the hole in the hub approximately 1 3 / 4 in. (45mm) deep.
     
    Raise the screwdriver (as viewed from the driver-s seat) to release the air bag clip.
     
    Rotate the steering wheel 180 degrees in the opposite direction and release the clip on the other side.
     
    Center the steering wheel with the front wheels facing straight-ahead.
     
    Disconnect the electrical connector and remove the air bag.
     

  6.  
  7. Remove the steering wheel by performing the following procedure:
    NOTE
    The Multi-point socket head bolt can be used up to 5 times; be sure to place a punch mark on it each time it is reused.



    Place the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
     
    Remove the steering wheel-to-steering column bolt.
     



    Remove the steering wheel from the steering column.
     

  8.  
  9. Remove the center console-to-chassis bolts and the console.
  10.  
  11. Remove the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:
    NOTE
    To remove the Radio Release tool(s) No. 3316, press the locating tabs (located on both sides of the radio) inward and remove them.



    Remove the upper steering column cover screws and the cover.
     
    Remove the 3 lower steering column cover screws, release the steering wheel height adjustment and remove the lower steering column switch trim.
     
    Remove the combination switch-to-steering column bolt, disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the combination switch.
     
    At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, remove the side cover.
     
    Remove the 7 glove box-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the glove box light connector and remove the glove box.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the both lower instrument panel cover screws and the covers.
     
    Remove the DLC-to-bracket screws.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the 6 sound damper panel-to-instrument panel screws and the panel.
     
    Slide the Radio Release tool No. 3316 into the slots at both sides of the radio until they engage; then, pull the radio out of the instrument panel and disconnect the electrical connectors.
     



    At the center of the instrument pane (above the radio), unclip and remove the switches and disconnect the electrical connectors.
     
    Unclip and remove the Climatronic control (heater control) trim.
     
    Remove the 4 Climatronic control (heater control)-to-instrument panel screws and the control; then, disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Remove the 5 center reinforcement-to-chassis screws and the reinforcement.
     
    At the driver-s side, remove the 3 footwell cover screws and the cover.
     
    Remove the 2 instrument cluster-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the multi-pin electrical connector and remove the instrument cluster.
     
    At the upper center of the instrument panel, unclip the photo sensor and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Rotate the light switch knob to 0 , press the knob inward, rotate it clockwise; then, pull the switch outward and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Unclip the illumination control switch and disconnect the electrical connector.
     
    Remove the instrument panel-to-chassis screws and the instrument panel from the crossmember.
     

  12.  
  13. Loosen the instrument panel crossmember-to-chassis bolts and lift the crossmember upward.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the heater hoses from the heater core.
  16.  
  17. If not equipped with air conditioning, perform the following procedure:
    NOTE
    If the retainer clips break, use a self-tapping screw to hold the heater core in place.



    Partially remove the heater/ventilation housing assembly.
     
    Depress the retainer clips and remove the heater core from the heater housing.
     

  18.  
  19. If equipped with air conditioning, perform the following procedure:

    Discharge and recover the air conditioning system refrigerant.
     
    Disconnect the refrigerant lines from the evaporator core, discard the O-rings and plug the openings to prevent contamination.
     
    Remove the ventilation ducts from the heater/air conditioning housing assembly.
     
    Remove the heater core from the heater/air conditioning housing assembly.

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    Fig. Releasing the driver-s side air bag-GTI and Jetta



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    Fig. Exploded view of the center console and related components- GTI and Jetta



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    Fig. Exploded view of the instrument panel, crossmember and related components- GTI and Jetta

     

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To install:

  1. If equipped with air conditioning, perform the following procedure:

    Install the heater core to the heater/air conditioning housing assembly.
     
    Install the ventilation ducts to the heater/air conditioning housing assembly.
     
    Using new O-rings, connect the refrigerant lines to the evaporator core.
     

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  3. If not equipped with air conditioning, perform the following procedure:

    Install the heater core to the heater housing.
     
    Install the heater/ventilation housing assembly.
     

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  5. Connect the heater hoses to the heater core.
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  7. Tighten the instrument panel crossmember-to-chassis bolts.
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  9. Install the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:

    Install the instrument panel and the instrument panel-to-chassis screws.
     
    Connect the electrical connectors; then, install the light switch knob and the illumination control switch.
     
    At the upper center of the instrument panel, connect the electrical connector and install the photo sensor.
     
    Install the instrument cluster, connect the multi-pin electrical connector and install the 2 instrument cluster-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the footwell cover and the 3 cover screws.
     
    Install the center reinforcement and the 5 reinforcement-to-chassis screws.
     
    Connect the electrical connector; then, install the Climatronic control (heater control) and the 4 control-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Install the Climatronic control (heater control) trim.
     
    At the center of the instrument pane (above the radio), Install the switches and connect the electrical connectors.
     
    Connect the electrical connectors and install the radio.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the sound damper panel and the 6 panel-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    Install the DLC-to-bracket screws.
     
    At the driver-s side, install the both lower instrument panel covers and the cover screws.
     
    Install the glove box, connect the glove box light connector and install the 7 glove box-to-instrument panel screws.
     
    At the passenger-s side of instrument panel, install the side cover.
     
    Install the combination switch, connect the electrical connectors and install the combination switch-to-steering column bolt.
     
    Install the lower steering column cover, the 3 lower steering column cover screws and the lower steering column switch trim.
     
    Install the upper steering column cover and the cover screws.
     

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  11. Install the center console and the console-to-chassis bolts.
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  13. Install the steering wheel and the steering wheel-to-steering column bolt. Torque the multi-point socket head bolt to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
    NOTE
    The Multi-point socket head bolt can be used up to 5 times; be sure to place a punch mark on it each time it is reused.

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  15. Connect the electrical connector and install the air bag.
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  17. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  19. Operate the engine to normal operating temperatures; then, check the climate control operation and check for leaks.
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