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OK, I give up. HOw do I remove the plastic housing so I can replace the air filter? I removed the phillips screws at the back edge, and the front edge seems to have tabs into slots, but I cannot get the top of the housing off! There is a tube-like device, which I also removed the phillips screw holding it, but the top still will not budge. There is a large tube to the left (facing the air cleaner housing) held in place by a large spring clamp which I have no idea how to remove, but removal seems essential. Compression of the clamp does nothing to assist me in removing the clamp or looosening the large tube.

I just had my 10,000 serice thinking the dealer would replace the filter, but alas that is not recommended nor was it done.

Suggestions or advice appreciated. ;)

Thanks,

Joe
 

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I use vise grips on the spring clamp to the MAF. That way the clamp is held open.. wiggle it back about 1/4" and you should be able to pull the big plastic hose off of the air filter housing.
 

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Also don't forget to unplug the MAF (the electrical component near the "big clamp") and the little hose at the bottom left of the airbox lid.
 

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Danke

Thank you all. I'll put my vise grips on it and see if I can wiggle it off.

In all my many cars I have never had such a problem with getting to an air filter! :(

Thanks again :)

Doc
 

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docdixon said:
Thank you all. I'll put my vise grips on it and see if I can wiggle it off.

In all my many cars I have never had such a problem with getting to an air filter! :(

Thanks again :)

Doc
The problem is that all this stuff was designed for a Jetta/Golf engine bay... the Beetle's curves make things like this a PITA. :)

Good luck!
 
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