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Pelican Technical Article:

Hatch Handle and Latch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$80 to $290

Talent:

**

Tools:

T25 Torx, 8mm 12 point, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (2004-06)
VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

Handle and latch

Hot Tip:

Clean the body section before remounting parts

Performance Gain:

Ability to get in your hatch

Complementary Modification:

Check all your locks

The Volkswagen GTI MkV has no mechanical connection between the handle on the hatch and the latch mechanism. There is now an electronic contact switch and actuator. Since they eliminated a direct connection you can pull to open the hatch, they did insert an emergency opening latch. Unfortunately, you need to already be in the vehicle to open it.

This article will show you how to open the hatch when the actuator or contact switch has failed, along with replacing both the latch and handle. To replace the handle and latch, you will need to remove the hatch trim panel. Please see our article on hatch trim removal for further assistance.

On the bottom center of the hatch trim panel is a small plastic access panel with aPicture of the car with an open hatch on it (red arrow).
Figure 1

On the bottom center of the hatch trim panel is a small plastic access panel with aPicture of the car with an open hatch on it (red arrow). Remove the panel by popping it out with your hands or a trim removal tool.

Behind the panel you will see a metal latch (red arrow) that is flat on one side.
Figure 2

Behind the panel you will see a metal latch (red arrow) that is flat on one side. Slide the latch to the left (when facing the rear) to release the hatch.

To replace the handle and latch actuator you will need to remove the hatch trim panel; please see our article on hatch trim removal for further assistance.
Figure 3

To replace the handle and latch actuator you will need to remove the hatch trim panel; please see our article on hatch trim removal for further assistance. With the panel off you can see the latch and actuator. Begin by disconnecting the electrical connection (red arrow).

Move to the outside bottom of the hatch and use an 8mm 12 point to remove the two bolts (red arrows).
Figure 4

Move to the outside bottom of the hatch and use an 8mm 12 point to remove the two bolts (red arrows).

The latch and actuator are one piece.
Figure 5

The latch and actuator are one piece. Carefully remove the piece from the hatch (red arrow).

The handle and contact switch are one piece (red arrow).
Figure 6

The handle and contact switch are one piece (red arrow).

Disconnect the electrical connection (red arrow) from the contact switch in the handle (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

Disconnect the electrical connection (red arrow) from the contact switch in the handle (yellow arrow).

Use a T25 Torx and remove the three bolts (red arrows).
Figure 8

Use a T25 Torx and remove the three bolts (red arrows).

The handle has two tabs that assist in holding it in place (red arrows).
Figure 9

The handle has two tabs that assist in holding it in place (red arrows). Rotate the handle counter clockwise and remove the handle from the hatch. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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