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Pelican Technical Article:

Window Switches Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$25 to $75

Talent:

*

Tools:

Trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New switches

Hot Tip:

Use care lifting out the door handle

Performance Gain:

Working windows

Complementary Modification:

New shift knob

The GTI MkV 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 in 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 much 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.

Volkswagen redesigned the interior door handle for the MkV even though it looks the same as the MkIV, and it is a different procedure. Make sure you use care so as not to break any of the plastic pieces.

Use your trim removal tool and carefully pry up the interior door handle.
Figure 1

Use your trim removal tool and carefully pry up the interior door handle. Start at the front and work your way along the side (red arrows).

Use care when prying up the handle area (red arrow).
Figure 2

Use care when prying up the handle area (red arrow). Do NOT force anything.

There is a plastic insert in the handle area that has three holes (yellow arrows) that the handle posts sit in (red arrows).
Figure 3

There is a plastic insert in the handle area that has three holes (yellow arrows) that the handle posts sit in (red arrows). Wiggle and pry these up gently.

The piece (yellow arrow) that the handle sits in is held to the door panel by two plastic hooks (red arrow).
Figure 4

The piece (yellow arrow) that the handle sits in is held to the door panel by two plastic hooks (red arrow). If you force the handle up you risk breaking one or both of these hooks. One of the hooks on our project car was broken (green arrow) and this leads to a loose fitting handle. You cannot replace these hooks separately and need to replace the door panel if these break.

Squeeze in the clips and remove the wiring connections for the window switches (red arrow) and the mirror adjustment (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

Squeeze in the clips and remove the wiring connections for the window switches (red arrow) and the mirror adjustment (yellow arrow).

There are four tabs that hold the window switch in place (red arrows, two shown).
Figure 6

There are four tabs that hold the window switch in place (red arrows, two shown). Carefully slip your trim removal tool or a small flat head screwdriver into the housing and gently pry these up (yellow arrows).

The mirror adjuster is held in place by three tabs.
Figure 7

The mirror adjuster is held in place by three tabs. Gently pry up the front tab (red arrow) from the housing and pull the switch up and back. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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