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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Accelerator Pedal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$250

Talent:

**

Tools:

T30 Torx, 2 small flathead screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New accelerator pedal

Hot Tip:

Use care with the plastic clips

Performance Gain:

Working accelerator

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

The accelerator pedal on the Volkswagen GTI MkV is electronic (also referred to as drive by wire) and is known to fail over time. Removing the pedal requires a special tool but many DIYer's have had success removing it using two small screwdrivers. This article will show you how to perform the work both ways.

If you are installing a new pedal you will need to reprogram or have the computer learn the new pedal using the Volkswagen scan tool or equivalent.

Begin by using a flathead screwdriver and removing the two large plastic screws holding the foot panel behind the pedals (red arrows).
Figure 1

Begin by using a flathead screwdriver and removing the two large plastic screws holding the foot panel behind the pedals (red arrows).

With the screws removed you can remove the panel from the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 2

With the screws removed you can remove the panel from the vehicle (red arrow).

Use a small flathead screwdriver and remove the plastic cover (red arrow) on the accelerator pedal housing.
Figure 3

Use a small flathead screwdriver and remove the plastic cover (red arrow) on the accelerator pedal housing.

Use a T30 Torx and remove the single screw (red arrow) behind the cover.
Figure 4

Use a T30 Torx and remove the single screw (red arrow) behind the cover.

Next you need to unclip the accelerator pedal from the bottom of the floor.
Figure 5

Next you need to unclip the accelerator pedal from the bottom of the floor. Volkswagen makes a special tool (red arrow) that makes this job extremely easy. Insert the tool into the two slots in the base of the pedal and push the tool forward with moderate force. This will release the two plastic clips that hold the pedal to the floor. The clip on the left side of the pedal needs to move to the right while the clip on the right side of the pedal needs to move forward. The tool is designed to do this by simply inserting it and pushing it forward. You can accomplish the same result by using two small flathead screwdrivers. Please see the followingPictures to give you a better idea of what you will be trying to accomplish. Unless you are sure you are replacing the pedal assembly do not try and just pry the pedal up with a large screwdriver. You risk breaking the tabs off, which will not allow you to reinstall the pedal correctly.

With the clips released you can remove the pedal (red arrow) from the retaining well in the floor (yellow arrow) by pulling it straight up and out.
Figure 6

With the clips released you can remove the pedal (red arrow) from the retaining well in the floor (yellow arrow) by pulling it straight up and out.

This image shows the clip on the left side (red arrow).
Figure 7

This image shows the clip on the left side (red arrow). You can see how the tab needs to be moved to the left to release. You can also see where previous owners scratched up the clip with the screwdriver. The yellow arrow shows the hole in the pedal assembly for accessing the right side clip.

This photo illustrates the right side clip (red arrow).
Figure 8

This photo illustrates the right side clip (red arrow). The screwdriver will need to access the clip from the hole shown inPicture 7 and push the clip forward.

Turn the pedal over and squeeze the clip on the top of the wiring connection (red arrow) and separate the connection from the pedal by pushing it up (yellow arrow).
Figure 9

Turn the pedal over and squeeze the clip on the top of the wiring connection (red arrow) and separate the connection from the pedal by pushing it up (yellow arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal. If you are installing a new pedal you will need to adapt the pedal to the EMC using a Volkswagen scan tool or equivalent. If the car is an automatic or DSG, the kick down function will need to be re-established using the same tool.

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Comments and Suggestions:
chris Comments: why i can t find the part on the link ?
June 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure. For an instant response, give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
dodgyd Comments: Nice write up. I have a OBD2 scan tool plus Torque Pro for Android. Would these be able to adapt a new pedal sensor to the EMC and kick down function?
January 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check with the scan tool manufacturer, I am not sure of it's capability. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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