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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010+) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010+) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old April 23rd, 2012, 20:18   #1
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Default Headrest removal without screwdriver?

Is there any reason to have to use a tool to remove the rear head rests? As far as safety or anything goes? I just picked up my wagen a few weeks ago and when I realized I had to use a screw driver to remove the headrests it kind of stinks. I was thinking of just clipping the little wire latch that holds the head rest in but I thought I might check to make sure there wasn't something I was missing why keeping the head rests locked in was a good idea?

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Old April 24th, 2012, 11:04   #2
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On my 2010 JSW I just push in the little tab on the right side and they slide right up and out. Did VW change the design for 2012?

I don't have any problem removing the three back headrests, it takes just a few seconds, and I do it at least once a week.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 11:58   #3
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I used the screw driver once and have not had to use it again. They now remove with just a push on the little tabs.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 15:07   #4
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Yeah they changed it, my 2010 sedan is just the little button but the new car is a button and a small slot that you have to put a screw driver in

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On my 2010 JSW I just push in the little tab on the right side and they slide right up and out. Did VW change the design for 2012?

I don't have any problem removing the three back headrests, it takes just a few seconds, and I do it at least once a week.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 19:00   #5
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Yeah they changed it, my 2010 sedan is just the little button but the new car is a button and a small slot that you have to put a screw driver in
Very strange...take a perfectly good design that works well and screw it up.

What was VW thinking?
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Old April 24th, 2012, 20:13   #6
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I'm away from my car so I can't give you photos. However, you can remove the spring clamps that lock into the posts. First, remove the headrests with the screwdriver. Then, looking into the hole, use the screwdriver to push the release. Pay attention to the moving part. That part can be pried out with a screwdriver or a needle-nose pliers. If you are careful, you can pull out the entire assembly (plastic clip and metal spring), which is what you want to do.
I did this for not only the center headrest, but also the two on the outside.
If it's not enough info, post back and I'll post pictures when I get back in the states next week.
This is an easy mod that everyone should do.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 20:59   #7
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Did you check the book in the glove box. (ie the owner's manual? LOL)
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Old May 18th, 2012, 19:58   #8
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I found a reasonably simple solution. Take a steel file and file down the
bottom edge of the slot on the left rod (the rod that requires the screwdriver). File a gentle slope and the spring catch will just slide past the groove in the rod. Going slowly, it took me about 10 minutes per headrest. No more screwdriver. Just depress the one
spring catch on the right rod, and it pulls all the way out.
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Old May 19th, 2012, 06:23   #9
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I found a reasonably simple solution. Take a steel file and file down the
bottom edge of the slot on the left rod (the rod that requires the screwdriver). File a gentle slope and the spring catch will just slide past the groove in the rod. Going slowly, it took me about 10 minutes per headrest. No more screwdriver. Just depress the one
spring catch on the right rod, and it pulls all the way out.
I'm doing this today - thanks!!! I was at work and a friend brought me a piece of furniture that required my to go into full bed mode. Alas, I didn't have any tools! Luckily I found a floor staple and managed to fight the card headrests out. I don't ever want to go through that hassle again.
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Old May 19th, 2012, 14:29   #10
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I found a reasonably simple solution. Take a steel file and file down the
bottom edge of the slot on the left rod (the rod that requires the screwdriver). File a gentle slope and the spring catch will just slide past the groove in the rod. Going slowly, it took me about 10 minutes per headrest. No more screwdriver. Just depress the one
spring catch on the right rod, and it pulls all the way out.
Invest in a Dremel, it's well worth it for jobs like this.

Although it appears I need to do this for my center headrest, the other headrests pop right out.
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Old May 19th, 2012, 17:32   #11
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I used my dremel tool and indeed it worked perfectly! I don't know why VW designed the new models this way, but I defeated it quickly and easily.

Thanks to the forum for great advice!
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Old May 19th, 2012, 18:39   #12
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http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34784
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I hate to be that guy but this subject has been visited many time before. Use the search button. Stop spoonfeeding.
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I hate to be that guy but this subject has been visited many time before. Use the search button. Stop spoonfeeding.
well some are new to the VW and their quirks. I found it irritating I needed to look into the owners manual 30 minutes after we got home to removed head rests . Genius move VW
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Thanks for the link. Glad that is off my to do list before my vacation.
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