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Front Cowling, under the hood

I need to change out the battery and VW made everything like a puzzle. I have been told that the cabin air filter is under that panel and need to change it. The dealer wants an arm, leg and rights to my first born to do the job which should not be out of my ability to do. The cover is plastic and I don't want to just grab somewhere and rip it out. Can you help
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    I cannot get the plastic panel off in order to clear the battery. The plus side of the battery does not clear the plastic panel.

    We took the wipers off already

    Who can help


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Bill I'm not sure if you've already replaced your battery but it's a relatively easy job. To remove the plastic cover you first must remove the weather strip that runs along the inner edge of the plastic, that just peels right off ( the installation is just as easy as the removal), the plastic cover should now be able to be worked out from underneath the hood. Once that's out you will see your cabin air filter to the right and the batter in the center of the car. If it's an OEM battery you will see a vent hose connected to it on the right side of the battery, ensure you remove both the hose and the small fiter that's inserted in the battery. Remove the battery leads and keep them out of the way as much as possible. Once that's done you will have to locate the retaining bolt and plate found at the front corners of the battery, once removed the battery is free for removal. It's a heavy battery and it's also a tight fit, being that it's on the center line of the car it will be a little tough on your back. So if you have a bad back, I would not recomend doing it yourself.
Yorky63051 got an awesome deal on the battery change, being that an aftermarket replacement battery cost $90, $120 including labor and parts is and awesome deal. By the way you don't need to removed the wiper arms or blades

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I had my battery changed at the dealer. $120 includes the battery. I do know all that plastic pannel has to come off, including the wiper blades complete.

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