How to Remove the Taillight Cover on a VW Golf

Updated July 20, 2017

Removing the tail light cover on a VW Golf is not difficult. All you need is a flathead screwdriver, 10 minutes and a well-lit place to work. Removing and replacing the tail light cover with an aftermarket cover will make your VW Golf unique to your own personality. There is no universal tail light cover to replace the stock one on your VW Golf; performance websites will have many styles of taillights to choose from.

Open the boot of the VW Golf and locate the plastic panels that are covering the taillights. The panels are behind the taillights, inside the boot.

Use the screwdriver to pull out the screw that is securing the panel to the boot. This will expose the tail light housing. Use your hands to disconnect the two plastic tabs that are holding the tail light housing in place.

Pull the tail light housing away from the frame and toward the centre of the boot. Leave all the wires connected to the tail light housing.

Slide the screwdriver under the plastic lip on the tail light cover that is connecting the tail light cover to the metal frame of the VW Golf. There are four of these plastic lips.

Lift the tail light cover away from the vehicle.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
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Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.