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Pelican Technical Article:

Reverse Light Switch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$10

Talent:

*

Tools:

22mm deep socket

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (1999-00)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)
VW Golf GTI GLX (2000-01)
VW Golf GTI VR6 (2002-05)

Parts Required:

New reverse light switch

Hot Tip:

Replace from below

Performance Gain:

See where you are going when reversing

Complementary Modification:

Replace burnt out bulbs
Here is an earlier version of the switch that we removed from our project car.
Figure 1

Here is an earlier version of the switch that we removed from our project car. You can see the plunger on the end of the switch (red arrow) that gets compressed when the gear shift housing is placed in reverse.

This photo illustrates the new version of the switch.
Figure 2

This photo illustrates the new version of the switch. You can still see that it works off of a plunger (red arrow).

You can see the switch from the top of the motor (yellow arrow), but in this image we have already removed the battery, battery box, air box and intake tube with MAF to get this image.
Figure 3

You can see the switch from the top of the motor (yellow arrow), but in this image we have already removed the battery, battery box, air box and intake tube with MAF to get this image.

From below there is much better access to the reverse light switch (red arrow) and with the exception of the under body tray nothing else to move.
Figure 4

From below there is much better access to the reverse light switch (red arrow) and with the exception of the under body tray nothing else to move.

The switch has a 22mm base (yellow arrow) and an electrical connection (red arrow).
Figure 5

The switch has a 22mm base (yellow arrow) and an electrical connection (red arrow). Remove the connection from the switch.

With the connection removed (red arrow) you can put a 22mm deep socket on the switch (yellow arrow).
Figure 6

With the connection removed (red arrow) you can put a 22mm deep socket on the switch (yellow arrow).

Place your driver on the socket (red arrow) and remove the switch.
Figure 7

Place your driver on the socket (red arrow) and remove the switch. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Ken Comments: The new part doe not have a threaded connector around the plunger. How does it attach?
January 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It should. You may have the wrong part. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Libs Comments: Thank you for the pictures, will cheeck on my car as I am experiencing the same problem.
September 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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