MK7 Golf Sill Panel Trim Removal

MK7 Gold Sill Panel Trim Removal

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to remove the front and rear sill trims on a MK7 Golf. These typically need to be removed when running wiring for additional accessories, or a sound system. The process is pretty simple, but care needs to be taken to not break or damage trims.

Parts and Tools Required

  • Trim Removal Tools

Step 1

To begin, you will need to remove the rear seat base. Follow our tutorial here.

Once the seat has been removed, release the clip as circled by pushing upwards with your trim removal tool.

Step 2

Using your hands and trim removal tool, seperate the sill panel trim from the side trim. Pull upwards in the direction shown.

Step 3

We now need to unclip the sill trim from the B-Pillar trim. Push the trim removal tool into the gap below the join, and the clip will release.

Step 4

Continue working along the B-Pillar trim, and release the two clips in the middle as indicated. Push the trim towards the seat, as shown by the arrows.

Step 5

Move to the front of the vehicle, and perform the same process. Slide the trim tool into the gap and push towards the seat.

The entire B-Pillar trim will now be disconnected.

Step 6

Using your fingers and a trim removal tool, lift the front edge of the sill panel trim and pull upwards.

Step 7

Work you way along the trim, gently pulling upwards to release the metal clips that attach to the sill rail. Some force is required.

Perform the same action on the rear section of the trim. The entire trim should now be loose from the vehicle, and as you’ll notice it is very long.

Step 8

Before completely removing the trim, you will need to disconnect the LED trim lighting (if fitted) which is connected by a long ribbon cable. There is a connector at the B-Pillar base which needs to be gently disconnected.

At the base of the seatbelt you will find a small slit in the trim, once unclipped you can slide the seatbelt out from the trim.

The trim is now completely free, and can be removed through the rear door.

Step 9

To remove the kick panel, simply pull towards the seat, using the assistance of a trim removal tool to separate the top clip near the glovebox, and a lower clip in the middle.

End Result – Rear

This is the rear footwell, with the sill trim removed.

End Result – Front

This is the front footwell with the sill trim removed.

MK6 Golf GTI Intake Removal / MAF Replacement

MK6 Golf Air Intake Removal

Introduction

This is a Combo Tutorial from AutoInstruct! Here we’ll be showing you a few different tutorials, all related to the MK6 Golf GTI Intake System!

  • Removing your Entire Air Intake System
  • Changing your OEM Air Filter
  • Replacing / Cleaning your MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor

 

Tools & Parts Required (Varies)

  • Spring Clamp Tool + Remote Cable-Driven Clamp Tool
  • Torx Set
  • Security Torx Set

Step 1

Air Filter Removal / Air Intake Box Removal

To change the OEM air filter, simply remove the screws as indicated and lift the lid up. You can then replace the filter and screw back into position.

If you’re removing the entire air intake, remove the screws and proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

Replacing or Cleaning MAF Sensor / Removing MAF Sensor

To remove the MAF Sensor, simply unplug the sensor and loosen the two security-torx screws (Be careful not to drop them!) – The sensor will then lift out of position. Take note of the orientation, and clean / replace as required.

If removing the MAF Assembly as part of an air intake setup, simply remove and place aside. Loosen the spring clamp as indicated by the arrow, and disconnect the ducting. Continue to Step 3.

Step 3

Remove the rear intake duct by loosening the spring clamp on both ends. The turbo side has very limited access, and a remote cable-driven clamping tool may be required. You may also remove the rubber joiner onto the turbo, if required.

Step 3

Lastly remove the two screws that bolt the intake ducting onto the front grille.

You can now pull the entire system out from the vehicle. The main body will be held in place with rubber grommets, and a firm pull will release these.

MK7 Golf Glovebox Headunit Removal

MK7 Golf MIB2 Headunit Removal

Introduction

If you’re upgrading your MIB1 or MIB2 Headunit, or wiring for a sound system / subwoofer, you’ll probably need to remove the MIB Headunit ‘Brain’ which is located in the glovebox.

Parts and Tools Required

  • Headunit Removal Tools (Generic)

Step 1

This process is very simple with the correct headunit removal tools. The tools are somewhat generic and can be found online to suit Volkswagen vehicles.

Simply insert both tools into the slot on either side of the unit, and they will lock into position and release the retaining clips.

Using the tools, you can then pull the headunit out of position with a firm pull.

Step 2

Gently slide the headunit out, being mindful of the wiring looms. The small antenna connections unplug with ease, however the large plug as pictured has a special hinge mechanism.

In the direction of the arrows, pull up the hinge, which will release the plug. Then gently slide the plug out.

MK7 Golf Rear Seat Base Removal

MK7 Golf Rear Seat Removal

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to remove the rear seat base of your MK7 Golf (4-Door). Useful for cleaning, or running wires through to the boot of your vehicle.

Parts and Tools Required

  • None

Step 1

First, we need to remove the ISOFIX mounting trim. This needs to be rotated in an arc motion to un-clip and slide out.

By pushing firmly on the area marked by the star, the trim should unclip. You can then continue to push downwards, pivoting the trim out.

Step 2

Remove all four ISOFIX mounting point trims.

Step 3

Using your hands, firmly pull the seat base upwards from the front. Do this to both sides to release the clips.

Step 4

Once released, you can easily see the clip mechanism. You can now remove the seat base from the vehicle. You may need to push the base backwards slightly, to unhook the base at the rear.

Mazda 3 (BM) Engine Oil Change

Mazda 3 Engine Oil Change

Introduction

Are you looking to change the oil on your petrol Mazda 3? This tutorial will show you how to complete the process in a few easy steps.

Tools and Parts Required

  • Oil Filter
  • Oil Filter Wrench
  • Crush Washer
  • Hex Socket
  • 5w-30 Oil
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Oil Pan

Step 1

First lift your vehicle to provide better access. Under the car you will locate a panel with four screws/clips. Remove this panel to reveal the engine oil filter and sump plug.

Step 2

You can now see the oil filter and sump plug. Use a hex tool to loosen and remove the sump plug.

Step 3

Drain the oil into an oil pan. Once drained, reinstall the sump plug with a new crush washer.

Step 4

We will now replace the oil filter. Using the filter wrench, loosen and remove the oil filter. The filter will drip a large amount of oil, so ensure your oil pan is at the ready.

To help reduce oil starvation, half fill the new filter with fresh oil, and screw into position. Hand tighten.

Step 5

Lastly fill the engine with approximately 4.2L of 5w-30 fully synthetic oil. Continuously check the dipstick to ensure the oil is at the correct level.

Once filled, start and idle the engine for a few minutes. Turn the engine off and check for any leaks, and double check the dipstick as the level may have dropped slightly.

MK6 Golf 034Motorsport Dogbone Install

MK6 Golf 034Motorsport Dogbone Install

Introduction

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to install a 034Motorsport Dogbone Insert in your MK6 Golf GTI / R. This is a very simple installation, and greatly improves the feel and drivability of your vehicle!

Tools & Parts Required

Step 1

Securely raise the vehicle and locate the dogbone mount, which is rearwards of the transmission. Using a 21mm socket, remove the bolt as indicated.

Step 2

Insert the dogbone into the mount, with the 034Motorsport logo facing towards the front of the vehicle.

Step 3

Reinstall the factory dogbone bolt, and torque to 100nm.

If you find the bolt does not line up, simply push the transmission towards the rear of the car and attempt to install the bolt again. Only 1-2mm of movement is required.

MK6 Golf Changing Tail Light Globes

MK6 Golf Changing Tail Light Globe

Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace your brake and indicator globes on a MK6 Golf.

Tools & Parts Required

  • Trim Removal Tool
  • Replacement Globe

Globe Types:

Rear Indicators
T20A / W21W / 7440A 21W
Rear Position Light
T15 / W16W / 921 9W
Brake Light (Non – R)
T15 / W16W / 921 9W

Step 1

To access the globes, we need to remove the entire tail light assembly. First, peel back the carpet inside the boot using a trim removal tool.

Step 2

Unplug the wiring loom as indicated by the pink arrow.

Next, support the tail light and begin to unscrew the white pin, by turning anti-clockwise. Remove the white pin entirely.

Step 3

You can now remove the entire tail light assembly.

Step 4

Looking at the back of the tail light, you will find five tabs that secure the globe assembly in place. Gently release each tab and seperate the two pieces.

Step 5

Here you can see the Brake Globe and Indicator Globe. Simply pull upwards to remove these globes.

Toyota Hilux Engine Oil Change (6th Gen)

Toyota Hilux 6th Generation

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to perform an engine oil change on your 3.0L Diesel Toyota Hilux.

Tools and Parts Required

  • Oil Filter (Sakura C-1121)
  • Crush Washer
  • Oil Filter Wrench
  • Socket Set
  • 10w-30 Oil (5.5L)
  • Oil Pan
  • Funnel

Step 1

Look under the car and locate the sump plug. It can be found on the back of the engine, facing the rear of the vehicle.

Position the oil pan under the sump plug.

Step 2

Using your socket set, loosen the sump plug and drain the oil into the pan. Be careful not to drop the bolt into the oil.

Step 3

Once the oil has drained from the sump, reinstall the sump plug with a new crush washer. Hand tighten.

Next we will change the oil filter. It is located on the side of the engine, and is easily visible from the engine bay.

Step 4

Using the oil filter wrench or your hand, grasp the filter and slowly turn anti-clockwise.

As the filter unscrews, a considerable amount of oil will begin to drip down the sides of the filter, so ensure you position the oil pan underneath.

Once removed, lubricate the seal of your new oil filter and fill three quarters with fresh oil. This helps reduce oil starvation. Carefully screw back onto the vehicle, hand tighten.

Step 5

Once the filter has been replaced, prepare to fill the engine with fresh oil. You will need to fill approximately 5.5L, checking the dipstick as the engine is filled.

Once you have filled the oil, close the cap and start the engine, idle for a few minutes. Inspect for leaks under the vehicle.

Turn the engine off, and after a few more minutes check the dipstick level once again as it may have dropped. Top up as required.

You have now completed an oil change on your Toyota Hilux.

Mazda CX5 Engine Oil Change

Mazda CX5 Diesel Engine Oil Change

Introduction

Are you looking to change the oil on your diesel Mazda CX-5? This tutorial will show you how to complete the process in a few easy steps. Frequent oil changes are recommended if your vehicle suffers from oil dilution, a common issue with Mazda 2.2L diesel engines.

Tools and Parts Required

  • Oil Filter
  • Oil Filter Wrench
  • Crush Washer
  • Hex Socket
  • 5w-30 Oil
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Oil Pan

Step 1

First lift your vehicle to provide better access. Under the car you will locate a panel with four screws/clips. Remove this panel to reveal the engine sump.

Step 2

You can now see the sump plug. Use a hex tool to loosen and remove the plug.

Step 3

Drain the oil into an oil pan. Once drained, reinstall the sump plug with a new crush washer.

Step 4

We will now replace the oil filter. Looking forward from the sump, you will find a small panel to remove. This will reveal the filter.

Using the filter wrench, loosen and remove the oil filter. The filter will drip a large amount of oil, so ensure your oil pan is at the ready.

To help reduce oil starvation, half fill the new filter with fresh oil, and screw into position. Hand tighten.

Step 5

Lastly fill the engine with approximately 5.2L of 5w-30 fully synthetic oil. Continuously check the dipstick to ensure the oil is at the correct level.

Once filled, start and idle the engine for a few minutes. Turn the engine off and check for any leaks, and double check the dipstick as the level may have dropped slightly.

Mazda 3 (BL) Cabin Filter Change

Mazda 3 BL Cabin Filter

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to change the cabin / pollen filter on your Mazda 3 (BL). Keeping your filter clean will greatly improve air conditioner performance and quality.

Tools and Parts Required

  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement Pollen Filters

Step 1

To begin, we need to remove the passenger side kick panel. This is done by releasing the two tabs as circled.

Step 2

Remove the side kick panel by pulling firmly outwards. It is held in place by three clips.

Step 3

We will now gain access to the filters. Remove the two screws on the sensor module, and gently remove the sensor.

Step 4

Behind the sensor you will find the first of two cabin filters. The first will simply slide outwards with ease.

Step 5

The second filter element is located above the first. To remove, simply wiggle downwards and it will drop to the lower level. Then slide the filter out.

Discard of both filters.

Step 6

To install the new filters, simply reverse the process. Slide the first filter in, then push upwards, adjusting the filter until it hooks onto the tabs, holding it in position.

Slide the second filter across into position, then reinstall the sensor and kick panels.

Mazda 3 (BL) Engine Oil Change

Mazda 3 BL Oil Change

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to perform an engine oil change on your BL Mazda 3 with a 2.0L petrol engine.

Tools and Parts Required

  • Oil Filter (Sakura C-1936)
  • Crush Washer
  • Oil Filter Wrench
  • Socket Set
  • 4.3L of 5w-30 Oil
  • Oil Pan
  • Funnel

Step 1

Raise the car and locate the sump plug. It can be found on the back of the engine, facing the rear of the vehicle.

Position the oil pan under the sump plug.

Step 2

Using your socket set, loosen the sump plug and drain the oil into the pan. Be careful not to drop the bolt into the oil.

Step 3

Once the oil has drained from the sump, reinstall the sump plug with a new crush washer. Hand tighten.

Next we will change the oil filter. It is located on the front side of the engine, and is easily visible. Using the oil filter wrench, grasp the filter and slowly turn anti-clockwise.

As the filter unscrews, a considerable amount of oil will begin to drip down the sides of the filter, so ensure you position the oil pan underneath.

Once removed, lubricate the seal of your new oil filter and fill three quarters with fresh 5w-30 oil. This helps reduce oil starvation. Carefully screw back onto the vehicle, hand tighten.

Step 4

Once the filter has been replaced, lower the vehicle and prepare to fill the engine with fresh oil. You will need to fill approximately 4.3L, checking the dipstick as the engine is filled.

Once you have filled the oil, close the cap and start the engine, idling for a few minutes. Inspect for leaks under the vehicle.

Turn the engine off, and after a few more minutes check the dipstick level once again as it may have dropped. Top up as required.

You have now completed an oil change on your BL Mazda 3.

MK7 Golf Clutch Delay Valve Removal

MK7 Golf Clutch Delay Valve

Introduction

Some would call the removal of your clutch delay valve as the ‘Ultimate’ modification for any manual vehicle. It restores the direct feel many manual owners would be used to, and allows you to change gears with maximum accuracy.

What is a Clutch Delay Valve?
A delay valve is an inline restrictor which blocks you from hard launches and rapid gear changes. It delays and slows the pressure being applied to the clutch plate, thereby protecting the gearbox but increasing wear on the clutch. Unfortunately this also creates a poor driver experiance and unpredicatble clutch movements.

Parts and Tools Required

  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Torx Set
  • DOT4 Brake Fluid
  • Brake Bleeder Kit

Step 1

For this task the air intake need to be removed. To remove the intake, unscrew as shown and release the clamp connected to the piping.

Step 2

Next, remove the screws shown by the red arrows. The air intake can then be removed.

Pull firmly upwards on the filter housing, which will release the rubber grommets. One is circled in green for reference. Once disengaged, wriggle the whole unit out of the vehicle.

Step 3

We’ll now remove the bleeder block, which also houses the delay valve. Place a cloth under the clutch line and release both clips attached to the bleeder.

Once the clutch line is disconnect it will start to rapidly drip. You can connect your brake bleeder kit to the clutch line to ‘block’ the line and prevent dripping.

Step 4

With the T-Piece removed from the vehicle you can see the clutch delay valve down the middle. This yellow piece is what we will remove.

Step 5

To remove the delay valve, release the centre clip and pull the bleeder valve out. You can then poke the clutch delay piece from the side, and it will fall out through the centre hole.

Step 6

We’ve now reassembled the clutch bleeder unit, ready for installation. You can also see the removed valve in this picture.

Step 7

Reinstall the bleeder block back into the vehicle. We now need to bleed the clutch line.

Step 8

Connect a brake bleeder kit and commence the bleeding process. This is done as follows:

  1. Open the brake fluid reservoir and ensure the fluid is at the MAX line.
  2. Crack open the bleeder valve 1/8th of a turn.
  3. With the assistance of a friend, depress the clutch pedal whilst watching the fluid flow into the bleeder kit. You will bubbles in the fluid.
  4. Close the bleeder valve.
  5. With your hand, pull up the clutch pedal which would have become ‘stuck’ on the firewall.
  6. Top up the fluid reservoir, back to the MAX line.
  7. Repeat these steps until no more bubbles are flowing out of the bleeder valve.

Step 9

The installation is now complete. If at any stage your clutch feels odd, or becomes stuck, bleed the fluid again as there is likely bubbles in the system.