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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to remove 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. 

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How to Remove VW Door Panel

Remove 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 may think. A mechanic can remove a VW door panel in fifteen minutes. If you are removing a VW door panel for the first time, you will spend about thirty minutes.