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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Window Regulator

Steve Vernon

Time:

4 hours4 hrs

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20, T30 Torx driver, 10mm wrench or socket, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

New Regulator

Hot Tip:

Get some spare window regulator clips

Performance Gain:

Windows that work

Complementary Modification:

Really clean the glass

If you are having troubles with your front door window regulator and it needs to be replaced, this article will take you through the process step by step. To begin you will need to remove the door panel. Please see our article on removing your front door panel and complete the work there before starting this project. If your inner door panel is original and has not had the door lock assembly removed you will need to remove it with the window regulator as they are attached, along with removing the exterior door handle. If the door has been worked on before there is a good chance the shop drilled out the plastic rivets for the lock assembly and never replaced them, if that is the case you do not need to go through the steps of removing the assembly.

This photo illustrates the door with the door panel off.
Figure 1

This photo illustrates the door with the door panel off.

The first thing you want to check is the upper left corner.
Figure 2

The first thing you want to check is the upper left corner. If there are two plastic rivets then the door lock assembly is attached to the panel that the regulator is attached too. You will need to remove the exterior door handle (there is a small cable attached to the assembly that you can only get at with the exterior door handle removed) along with the door lock assembly. Please see our articles on removing the exterior door handle and door lock assembly for help.

The motor on our window regulator was not functioning so we had no way to raise or lower the window to get it in position to remove the window clips.
Figure 3

The motor on our window regulator was not functioning so we had no way to raise or lower the window to get it in position to remove the window clips. If you remove the motor first you can easily pull or push the window up or down with your hands. To remove the motor remove the three T30 Torx screws on the motor (red arrows). There is a wiring harness on the back of the motor that is easier to remove once the motor is off the door panel.

With the motor off turn it over and raise the lock bar (red arrow) on the wiring harness connection.
Figure 4

With the motor off turn it over and raise the lock bar (red arrow) on the wiring harness connection.

Pull the tap up (red arrow) and slide the harness off.
Figure 5

Pull the tap up (red arrow) and slide the harness off.

There are two circular access holes to the window clips, use a screwdriver and pop them open (red arrow).
Figure 6

There are two circular access holes to the window clips, use a screwdriver and pop them open (red arrow).

With both ports open slide the window up or down until you can see both window clips in the openings (red arrows).
Figure 7

With both ports open slide the window up or down until you can see both window clips in the openings (red arrows). Securely tape the window fixed in this position.

Use a TXXXXXXXXXX Torx and completely remove the two bolts (one in each clip, red arrow).
Figure 8

Use a TXXXXXXXXXX Torx and completely remove the two bolts (one in each clip, red arrow). Then pull the window either all the way up and re-tape in place or remove the glass by tilting it forward and removing it from the door.

Unplug the connection from the speaker by squeezing in the two clips (red arrows) and pulling straight out.
Figure 9

Unplug the connection from the speaker by squeezing in the two clips (red arrows) and pulling straight out.

There are a series of clips (red arrows) holding the wiring harness to the panel.
Figure 10

There are a series of clips (red arrows) holding the wiring harness to the panel.

Use your trim removal tool and gently remove these clips (red arrow) so you can reinstall them when you put everything back together.
Figure 11

Use your trim removal tool and gently remove these clips (red arrow) so you can reinstall them when you put everything back together.

After removing the exterior door handle and the cable attached to it remove the two bolts holding the lock assembly to the door (red arrows).
Figure 12

After removing the exterior door handle and the cable attached to it remove the two bolts holding the lock assembly to the door (red arrows). On our car they where 8mm triple squares but your door may be different.

Remove the eleven 10mm bolts from the door panel (red arrows).
Figure 13

Remove the eleven 10mm bolts from the door panel (red arrows).

Clear the speaker from the door and lower the panel.
Figure 14

Clear the speaker from the door and lower the panel.

Disconnect the harness from the lock (yellow arrow) and remove the rubber grommet (red arrow) and pass the wiring harness through.
Figure 15

Disconnect the harness from the lock (yellow arrow) and remove the rubber grommet (red arrow) and pass the wiring harness through.

The window regulator is attached to the door panel so you will have an empty door when you remove it.
Figure 16

The window regulator is attached to the door panel so you will have an empty door when you remove it.

Turn the panel over and you will see the window regulator.
Figure 17

Turn the panel over and you will see the window regulator. The regulator is riveted to the panel in four places (red arrows).If you are replacing the regulator assembly you will need to drill out the rivets.

The new regulator comes with nuts and bolts (red arrows) to attach it to the panel.
Figure 18

The new regulator comes with nuts and bolts (red arrows) to attach it to the panel.

Squeeze in the tabs on the three plastic joiners (red arrows) on the mechanism and remove it.
Figure 19

Squeeze in the tabs on the three plastic joiners (red arrows) on the mechanism and remove it.

If the window clips need to be replaced or fall out when removing the panel they reattach by sitting in a small groove on the base (red arrows) and the rubber upper section wraps over the top ridge to protect the glass.
Figure 20

If the window clips need to be replaced or fall out when removing the panel they reattach by sitting in a small groove on the base (red arrows) and the rubber upper section wraps over the top ridge to protect the glass. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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