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How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit


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ikeram
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Apr 17, 2015, 12:25 PM

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How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit Sign In

Can anyone tell me how to get the large plastic cover off the engine on this VW Rabbit without breaking it? The cover seems to sit on some rubber grommets that don't seem to release the cover when I try to pull it up vertically. Perhaps here are some releases that I'm not seeing? Any help would be appreciated.
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Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 17, 2015, 1:40 PM

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Re: How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit Sign In

I can't say for sure and perhaps another can for the exact model. Covers of sorts mostly just to neaten up the look of an engine compartment are frequently either obvious or do pull off/up and good and stuck if it's been a while. Look hard for any possible real fasteners or clips to remove and if still nothing it pulls off. That type if so I would put the slightest smear of rubber friendly grease on certain ones or if removable barbed clips have those around now as spares. Doubt that for what I think you are removing,


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ikeram
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Apr 17, 2015, 2:00 PM

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Re: How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit Sign In

Thanks Tom, I'll give that a shot, as soon as my wife bring the car back. Appreciate your quick reply.
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Discretesignals
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Apr 17, 2015, 4:45 PM

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Re: How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit Sign In

The engine cover is part of the air filter housing. You have to remove the intake tube from the MAF sensor, held together with a spring clamp, and also remove the inlet ducting, that is held on by screws, before you pry the cover from the rubber bushing knobbers things....lol

Looks like this when it is off.







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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Apr 17, 2015, 4:50 PM)


ikeram
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Apr 17, 2015, 5:30 PM

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Re: How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit Sign In

Thanks for the additional and also crucial details, along with the picture. With this info I can now proceed with the job of changing the plugs. Thanks again, as I had terrible visions of ending up with a cracked cover.
Ikeram☂


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 17, 2015, 11:34 PM

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Re: How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit Sign In

Thank DS - he knew specifics. This stuff to me isn't just a filed record on each you just look and know like taking a silly wheel off you don't or shouldn't have to look anything up. Even then you need to know what type of trim on the same model of something and you wont find that it's obvious right in front on you - or should say if you do this (past tense for me) if you need to ask how to on that step forget the next - no harm intended but YOU must know which end of a hammer to hold without having to ask or you are already over your head.


Do use all care in replacing or checking spark plugs if this part was too confusing perhaps this isn't for you or if a first time have help and learn it,


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ikeram
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May 8, 2015, 7:47 AM

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Re: How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit Sign In

Thanks to all who provided info to me. With the picture of the overturned VW Cover displayed on my phone, I was able to locate the grommets holding the cover in place easily and lift the cover off. The elongated 5 sparkplug cables came off with a little gentle persuasion from a large flathead screw driver, although the leads were short and you had to remove all of them in one go, to ensure the wires were not pulled or bent to hard . The plugs came out with no problem and I was able to get the right NGK platinum plugs to replace them. I noticed that the used VW brand plugs were identical but had no markings otherwise. Thanks again for your help.
Ikeram☂


Tom Greenleaf
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May 8, 2015, 8:08 AM

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Re: How to remove plastic engine cover on 2009 VW Rabbit Sign In

Just some comments and ideas: For spark plug boots there is an assortment of tools just for that to remove them without damage. Worth it totally vs wrecking things. Ordinary rubber types that are hard to get at (most) a tool like this is great. Can make one out of a #1 flathead screwdriver with a square shaft and a grinding wheel and propane torch to look like this.........Had to as I couldn't find the right one once.

Other thing is many cars are fussy about plug brands. I can't think of a newer vehicle that doesn't do best with the exact OE brand and type. Careful of wild claims on some of them as IMO it's all bull.


Glad it all worked out for you,


T



(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on May 8, 2015, 8:09 AM)






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