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2008 volkswagen rabbit: engine cover..a 2.5L engine to get..air filter

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how do you remove the large black plastic engine cover on a 2008 volkswagen rabbit with a 2.5L engine to get to the air filter?
It is very difficult and the housing can break.
One of Volkswagen worst designs.

Disconnect the hose to the MAF sensor on the upper left (2 metal clips).
Unplug the MAF sensor.

Disconnect the intake boot on the front lower right.
You can pull off the plastic cover and loosen the lower plastic part.

There is a large spring clamp holding the hose to the air cleaner housing.
Loosen it and remove the hose. Be careful, if this spring shoots off someone could get hurt!

Now comes the hard part.
There are 4 points with rubber grommets where the air cleaner housing mounts. If you look underneath you might be able to see one.
Go in the order of (when standing in front of the engine): right front, right rear, left front, left rear.
Grab as far in and as close to the grommet as possible and pull steady and very hard until it releases. It will take A LOT of force but do not yank on the outside or it will break! Do this for each of 4 grommets.

Once you get it off, flip it over, take out the screws, remove the spring clamp and change the air filter.

Re-situate the grommets as they probably pulled out of the housing.

The rest of installation is the reverse of removal.
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