removing the vw door panel

Volkswagen Door Panel Removal

Need to remove your Volkswagen door panel to fix the interior parts of the door or for replacement? Learn how to remove your Volkswagen door panel by following the procedures below.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on removing the door panel on a Volkswagen. The video and pictures are from a 2016 VW Jetta, but the steps below will help you remove or replace the door panel on a VW Bora, Golf, Passat, GTI, Polo, EOS, etc.

What you will need

  • Torx Bit Set
  • Ratchet Wrench
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Dash Trim Removal Kit
  • Door Panel Retainer

How to Remove VW Door Panel

Removing the door panel on a VW is easy and takes about 15 minutes.  How to remove a VW door panel.

  1. Park the vehicle and set the parking brakes.
  2. Remove the T15 screw at the bottom of the door panel. VW door panel bolts
  3. Pry out the window switch to access the bolt behind it.  Remove VW window switchIf you need help with this step, follow our guide on How to remove the VW window switch.
  4. Remove the T30 bolt behind the window switch. VW Door panel Bolts
  5. Remove the plastic cover at the lower part of the door panel. Remove the second T30 bolt behind it. VW Door Panel Screw
  6. Remove the trim near the top of the door panel by pulling it out and towards the back.
  7. Remove the third T30 bolt that is now exposed.
  8. Use a dash trim removal kit to pry out the door panel.
  9. Lift the door panel and pull it away from the door. You only need to pull it out a few inches to reach the wires on the back.
  10. Disconnect all the wires from the back of the door panel, including the cable for the door latch.

That’s it. Removing the door panel on a VW is not as difficult as you think. A mechanic can remove a VW door panel in fifteen minutes. If you remove a VW door panel for the first time, you will spend about thirty minutes.

We hope you find the Volkswagen Door Panel Removal guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Volkswagen.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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