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Pelican Technical Article:

Cruise Control Module Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$250

Talent:

**

Tools:

T9, T25 Torx driver, small thin Allen key

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New cruise control module

Hot Tip:

Be sure to disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes

Performance Gain:

Working cruise control

Complementary Modification:

New shift knob

If your cruise control module fails you can replace it in under two hours with a minor amount of fuss. You are going to have to remove the airbag first so make sure you disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes before working on the airbag.

You will need to remove the steering wheel (red arrow) to get access to the trim panels around the steering column.
Figure 1

You will need to remove the steering wheel (red arrow) to get access to the trim panels around the steering column. Please see our article on steering wheel removal for further assistance. Make sure you disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes before working on the airbag.

Pull the center trim piece in front of the gauge cluster straight back from the cluster.
Figure 2

Pull the center trim piece in front of the gauge cluster straight back from the cluster. There are two small clips (red arrows) that sit in mounting holes on the cluster (yellow arrows) along with a small centering notch (green arrow).

This photo illustrates the small clips that hold the trim piece in place (red arrow).
Figure 3

This photo illustrates the small clips that hold the trim piece in place (red arrow). Do not force these clips as they can break and it will leave you with a loose trim piece. The trim piece is part of the upper steering column cover and cannot be completely removed without removing the entire piece. Just rest it on the column while you remove the rest of the trim piece.

Use your trim removal tool and gently pry up the top trim piece from the lower trim piece (red arrows).
Figure 4

Use your trim removal tool and gently pry up the top trim piece from the lower trim piece (red arrows).

There are two clips at the front (red arrows) that you need to separate the upper cover from.
Figure 5

There are two clips at the front (red arrows) that you need to separate the upper cover from. These need a little persuasion to release their grip, but make sure not to damage the trim piece. Once separated, the trim piece hinges back towards the dash and then out.

Remove the two T25 Torx screws on the front of the lower trim piece (red arrows).
Figure 6

Remove the two T25 Torx screws on the front of the lower trim piece (red arrows).

Lower the adjustment handle and remove the single T25 Torx screw on the lower section of the trim piece (red arrow).
Figure 7

Lower the adjustment handle and remove the single T25 Torx screw on the lower section of the trim piece (red arrow).

You can now lower and remove the lower trim piece (red arrow).
Figure 8

You can now lower and remove the lower trim piece (red arrow).

Disconnect the wiring connection for the airbag.
Figure 9

Disconnect the wiring connection for the airbag. You will need to slide the clip towards the front of the car (red arrow) and then pull the wiring connection from the module.

Working blind, you will reach up behind the module and push in the release clip (red arrow).
Figure 10

Working blind, you will reach up behind the module and push in the release clip (red arrow). You can see the clip you are going to release inPicture 14. With the clip pushed in lower the rear of the module just enough to keep the clip released.

Remove the tiny T9 Torx screw in the front center of the module (red arrow).
Figure 11

Remove the tiny T9 Torx screw in the front center of the module (red arrow).

There is a small access hole just below the T9 Torx screw on the front of the module (red arrow).
Figure 12

There is a small access hole just below the T9 Torx screw on the front of the module (red arrow). You need to slip a long thin screwdriver or Allen key into this hole approximately two inches and slide the end of the handle to the right. There is a clip you are going to release then lower the module. There is aPicture of the clip with the module off inPicture 13.

With the module off you can see how the Allen key goes thru the access hole and engages the retaining clip (red arrow).
Figure 13

With the module off you can see how the Allen key goes thru the access hole and engages the retaining clip (red arrow). Moving the end of the Allen key to the right causes the clip to be depressed and releases the module from its mount.

Remove the final wiring harness from the module by sliding the tab away from the module (yellow arrow) and then squeezing the release tab and pulling the wiring connection from the module.
Figure 14

Remove the final wiring harness from the module by sliding the tab away from the module (yellow arrow) and then squeezing the release tab and pulling the wiring connection from the module. The green arrow indicates the clip on the rear that you have to release blind inPicture 10. Installation is the reverse of removal. If you are installing a new unit you will need to code it with the car.

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