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Scuttle panel removal guide, with pics.

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Danman1, May 22, 2012.

  1. Danman1

    Danman1 Thorough noob

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    Afternoon,

    My scuttle panel (the panel at the bottom of the front window screen) wasn't sitting flush against the glass, so I thought I'd remove it and take a few pictures as I went. I know it's a relativity easy job but sometimes it's just nice to have a look at what a job may entail. Took about an hour.

    Start by removing the black plastic caps on the wipers, they easily come off with a flat bladed screw driver, to reveal the 13mm nut. Also remove the long black rubber seal along the scuttle panel that seals it on the underneath of the bonnet.

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    The wipers are on a tapered spindle and can be a pain to simple pull off once the nut is removed, mine wouldn't budge even after soaking in DW40. I used a special tool which I cant remember what it's called but they are cheap and available at Halfords. This essentially slowly pulls it off the spindle.

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    After both nuts and off and both wipers removed it's time to pull the scuttle panel from it's clips. The Scuttle panel fits well and has a grove which fits in at the bottom of the window screen, right across. If you put your fingers in the middle of the screen and work there way under the panel you will fell it 'pop' out of the grove.

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    with the scuttle panel now loose it's time to slightly bend it to get it out of the corners. I did one corner at a time, and don't forget that the heated washer nozzles are connected to the underneath of the scuttle panel. There is enough room to loosen the scuttle panel and rotate it 90 degrees on the spot, like below. This gives you access to wiper assemblage/pollen filter etc.

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    Give the insides a god clean, remove leaves etc. I also replaced my pollen filter while I was here. I also found why my scuttle panel wasn't sitting flush. The grove which the panel fits into had come away from the bottom of the screen, which you can see below. It was also full of dirt meaning it didn't sit well.

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    Cleaned and re-seated back on the bottom of the screen.

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    Clean the whole length of the grove with a tooth brush, getting it as clean as possible so the lip fits back into the grove.

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    Then I cleaned the under side of the scuttle panel, sorry I know it's not the best picture. But that long lip on the underneath of the panel is what sits in the grove I just cleaned, any dirt and it wont sit right meaning it wont sit flush on the window screen.

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    After everything is cleaned it's just the reverse of how you take it off. Make sure no leaves etc are blocking the drainage channels and look for rust. I applied waxoyl to as much as I could to prevent any rusting. Slide the corners in one at a time, bending in the middle to help with this. Make sure all the rubber bits are where they should be, then when it's in place start at one end and push the lip back in to the grove, moving across the panel.

    This process worked for me, my scuttle panel now fits better than it did.

    ***NOTE*** When putting the wipers back on DO NOT over tighten the nut holding them on. Its a spindle so only needs 'nipping up'. Over tightening will result in the wiper arm cracking!!!!

    Dan
     
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  2. Dani_B19

    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

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    Nice guide mate.
     
  3. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid
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    Great guide..:icon_thumright:
     
  4. s3mad_dude

    s3mad_dude Noggies ruuuule!

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    Love the pics with the hands!!! Proper Haynes style! Good job.
     
  5. Marshall878

    Marshall878 Member

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    God damn scuttle panel. Been fighting with mine all morning and it still won't grip in the groove. New one required i think.
     
  6. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow...
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    Its not the panel at fault its the plastic groove part... it is supposed to be glued to the bottom of the screen but it detaches over time... all you are doing is pushing this part down and because its a harder plastic it moves rather than opens to clip as this is the path of least resistance for it..

    I bought a new scuttle thinking the same... (35 ish quid from TPS) but the result was the same... I ended up carefully pulling the plastic clip off the bottom of the screen, cleaning it and the screen then using silicon I 'glued' it back on.... I then filled areas under the plastic part with silicon and a hot glue gun so that when it went hard it would act as something to push against and I could then clip the scuttle back in...

    You of course could use anything suitable to prop the back of the plastic clip but I found a hot glue gun to work well...

    Not sure what they use to bond the plastic clip onto the screen but might be worth finding out and using that...

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  7. Bennys3

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    Do you have too do this too replace the pollen filter or is there an easy way of doing that?
     
  8. CazzaVR

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    My scuttle trim has a nice little door that opens in front of the pollen filter. Was expecting to have to remove the whole scuttle trim, but was pleasantly surprised to find the nifty little letter box 8)
     
  9. Marshall878

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    Yea there's a flap on the far right hand side. Just need to remove the seal to open it. Cheers Tuffty, I've got some black sealant to stick it back on with so may pull it all off. Failing that, I've got a nasty stone chip so may help that along and get a new screen at the same time ha.
     
  10. CazzaVR

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    Had a go at mine today, as it wasn't flush in the corners. The plastic groove was a little loose on the driver's side, but still strongly attached for the rest of the length of the screen. Removed some knackered silicone from each corner and gave it a good clean and reseated it all, but the small clips at either end just won't clip in. It all looks in good order. I closed the groove a little at either end to grip the clips, but no luck. Gonna have to borrow a glue gun...
     
  11. Rake

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    New scuttle tray ready to fit. Mine is broken in a few places due to the last owner fudging it so finding this how to was rather nice.
     
  12. Marshall878

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    This is still something i need to sort. Everytime i look at it it drives me mad lol.
     
  13. S3 MCW

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    hmm, tried to do this this morning, but get stuck with the connections to the windscreen washers - got the electrical x2 connections off but couldn't detach the piping that the washer fluid goes down. any help?
     
  14. Rake

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    you may need to soften them with heat from a hair dryer or something that wont over heat them.
     
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