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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Window Switches

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

*

Tools:

Philips head screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

New switch module

Hot Tip:

Use care lifting out the door handle

Performance Gain:

Working windows

Complementary Modification:

New handle insert

The GTI MkIV is famous for the window switches breaking. Most people I know that have owned a GTI end up needing to replace the window switch. It is not a hard job and can be done I under an hour even the first time you do it. Before you begin you should park the car on as level ground as possible. Nothing is more frustrating than working on the door while it is trying to swing open or closed. Also, if you are going to be working on your own car, it is a good idea to purchase a set of trim removal tools. They are a set of hard yet flexible plastic tools of different shapes and sizes that are used in removing trim pieces. They work a lot better than a flat head screwdriver and there is nothing worse than ruining a "do-it-yourself" project by scratching up your car or damaging expensive interior pieces. Pelican sells a full line of these tool sets for under $20.

The window switches on the GTI are notorious for failing.
Figure 1

The window switches on the GTI are notorious for failing. The driver side switch on our project car was broken (red arrow).

Begin by prying out the inner part of the door pull (red arrows).
Figure 2

Begin by prying out the inner part of the door pull (red arrows).

This photo illustrates the clips (red arrows) that hold it in place.
Figure 3

This photo illustrates the clips (red arrows) that hold it in place.

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry up the pull handle and switch housing (red arrows).
Figure 4

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry up the pull handle and switch housing (red arrows). Start at the rear and work your way forward.

Turn switch housing over and remove the wiring connection (red arrow).
Figure 5

Turn switch housing over and remove the wiring connection (red arrow).

The tabs that hold the switch assembly in place are known to break off when removing (red arrow).
Figure 6

The tabs that hold the switch assembly in place are known to break off when removing (red arrow). Check yours and remove any broken ones before installing a new unit.

Flip the unit over and remove the three Philips head screws (red arrows) holding the switch assembly in place.
Figure 7

Flip the unit over and remove the three Philips head screws (red arrows) holding the switch assembly in place. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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