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    How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

    Hi everyone. I just joined this site and am really excited to get to know and learn from all of you. Now, for my question:

    How do you remove the plastic engine cover on a 2008 Rabbit? I've looked all over the net for DIY walk-through and all I can find are guides for 08 GTI and FSI models. HELP!

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    Pull really hard on the corners. It's gonna feel like you're breaking it, but it will pop off. To put it back, push down hard.

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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

    Thanks russdawg. I had no idea that it was that simple. I think I deserve a huge DUUUUHH for that one.

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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

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    Thanks russdawg. I had no idea that it was that simple. I think I deserve a huge DUUUUHH for that one.

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    if you want to remove the entire engine cover do above, if u want to just remove the silver section, there is a small phillips head screw in the far back in the middle of the silver cover. very hard to get to, then just lift up and unsnap
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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

    UPDATE!!!!

    For anyone who may be reading this thread, BEWARE. It was not mentioned in the above DIY's that you must disconnect the MAF Sensor and Air Sensor (the Air Sensor is found on 06 and 07 models) BEFORE you yank on the corners to pull off the cover. Chad and Russdawg.........thanks regardless. Here's a more thorough DIY thread on the subject: http://volkswagenownersclub.com/vw/s...-plastic-cover


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    Last edited by DIY Rookie; 08-16-2010 at 01:17 AM.

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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

    kinda well, not to be a douche, but really sorta self explanitory. you always look at what is attached to what you're going to pull off. if you didn't notice the, air filter is in the cover, so logic would dictate that at some point, the MAF and air inlet tubing would have to connect to it. IDK, was common sense for me.
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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

    Yeah, yeah. You're not a douche for mentioning it......It is common sense when you think about it. We all have our deedeedee moments.


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    I have an 08, so I didn't even think of it. But just to be clear, always disconnect all wires before removing something from your vehicle

    Hope you didn't eff anything up too badly
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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

    the first time i did it, i screwed the maf connector, cuz i was ham fisted and not paying close enough attention to how it releases. was basically a "o wow, this sucker has got some serious suction goin on" and came off hard but slowly.... yeah.... that was the catch pulling itself away from the connector. so now theres a ziptie holding it on. <facepalms>
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    Any respectable DIY mechanic has at least one zip tie holding something under the hood
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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

    Nah, didn't eff up anything.......thank god. I'll be sure to pick up some zip ties before I perform any more DIY's, though. LOL


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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

    lolz, i guess i must be a very respectable diy mechanic then, theres about 6 more trimmed and hidden zipties hiding the wiring for my HID's. :-P
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    Re: How do I remove the plastic engine cover from my 2008 Rabbit

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    lolz, i guess i must be a very respectable diy mechanic then, theres about 6 more trimmed and hidden zipties hiding the wiring for my HID's. :-P
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