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Steering Column Switches and Stalk Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Column Switches and Stalk Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20, T25 Torx driver, small Philips screw driver

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 steering column switch

Hot Tip:

Be sure to disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes

Performance Gain:

Working stalks

Complementary Modification:

Replace steering wheel with upgraded model

The steering column switches on the GTI Mk4 can wear out and fail over time. The nice thing about replacing them is that all the switches are contained in one unit that easily slips on and off the steering column.

To replace the steering column switches on your GTI Mk4 you will need to first disconnect the ground strap on your battery and then remove the air bag and steering wheel. Please see our article on how to remove your air bag and steering wheel.

With the steering wheel removed you start by removing the upper trim piece. The upper piece is held in place from below by two Philips head screws.
Figure 1

With the steering wheel removed you start by removing the upper trim piece. The upper piece is held in place from below by two Philips head screws. Using a small Philips heads screwdriver access the two holes (red arrows) in the lower panel and remove the screws.

Lift the trim piece up (red arrow) and pull the end of the piece away from the instrument cluster (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

Lift the trim piece up (red arrow) and pull the end of the piece away from the instrument cluster (yellow arrow).

This photo illustrates the three tabs (red arrows) that hold the trim piece to the bottom of the instrument cluster.
Figure 3

This photo illustrates the three tabs (red arrows) that hold the trim piece to the bottom of the instrument cluster.

Working directly under the lower trim piece use a T20 Torx and remove the two screws (yellow arrows) that hold the steering column adjustment handle on and slip the handle off the bracket.
Figure 4

Working directly under the lower trim piece use a T20 Torx and remove the two screws (yellow arrows) that hold the steering column adjustment handle on and slip the handle off the bracket. Next remove the one (red arrow) screw holding the trim piece.

Working at the front of the column use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws holding the trim panel.
Figure 5

Working at the front of the column use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws holding the trim panel.

Lower the trim panel taking care to clear the adjustment handle through its opening (red arrow) and that you do not tear the rubber gasket (yellow arrow) around the ignition switch opening (yellow arrow).
Figure 6

Lower the trim panel taking care to clear the adjustment handle through its opening (red arrow) and that you do not tear the rubber gasket (yellow arrow) around the ignition switch opening (yellow arrow).

Disconnect the wiring harness on the lower part of the slip ring (red arrow).
Figure 7

Disconnect the wiring harness on the lower part of the slip ring (red arrow).

Release the three plastic clips (red arrows, two shown) holding the slip ring to the steering column.
Figure 8

Release the three plastic clips (red arrows, two shown) holding the slip ring to the steering column.

Slide the slip ring (red arrow) off the steering column.
Figure 9

Slide the slip ring (red arrow) off the steering column.

There is a single T25 Torx bolt behind the switch that holds the switches to the steering column.
Figure 10

There is a single T25 Torx bolt behind the switch that holds the switches to the steering column. Loosen this (red arrow, you do not need to remove it).

Slide the switches forward and remove the two harnesses on the right side (red arrows).
Figure 11

Slide the switches forward and remove the two harnesses on the right side (red arrows).

You can now slide the switch assembly off the shaft and disconnect the two remaining harnesses.
Figure 12

You can now slide the switch assembly off the shaft and disconnect the two remaining harnesses. One squeezes in and slides out (red arrow) and the other you gently pry straight out (yellow arrow).

With the switch assembly turned over you can see where each of the four harnesses plugs in.
Figure 13

With the switch assembly turned over you can see where each of the four harnesses plugs in. Each of the harness is different so you can not plug them into the wrong port.

Installation is the reverse of removal.
Figure 14

Installation is the reverse of removal. Before tightening the new switches down, install the slip ring and steering wheel and check for clearance (red lines and yellow arrows) between the slip ring and wheel. There should be approximately 2 1/2 mm or 0.1 inch. Slide the switch back or forward to accomplish this then tighten.

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