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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Window Regulator Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200 to $400

Talent:

****

Tools:

T30 Torx driver, small screwdriver, 10mm socket

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Front window regulator

Hot Tip:

Remove the window glass from the door frame

Performance Gain:

Easier service at the drive thru

Complementary Modification:

Replace window motor

Have you gotten tired of having to open your door to get your burger at the drive thru window? Does your window kink to one side when you're trying to raise it? Perhaps it's time to replace your window regulator. The difficulty of this project varies depending upon which year car you have, but the results are immediate and quite rewarding. Not much is better than driving in your VW with the windows down on a nice sunny day. Having a broken window regulator can surely put a damper on that.

You'll need to remove the inner door panel and also the power window motor if you have not already done so. Please see our articles on Front Inner Door Panel Removal and Power Window Motor Replacement for more information.

Grab the window glass and raise it so you can access the clamps (green arrows) that hold it in place.
Figure 1

Grab the window glass and raise it so you can access the clamps (green arrows) that hold it in place. Loosen each T30 Torx screw until you can lift the glass up and out of the guides.

Tilt the glass towards the front of the car and slide it out from inside the door frame.
Figure 2

Tilt the glass towards the front of the car and slide it out from inside the door frame.

Pull the electrical connections (green arrow) out of the plastic holder on the side of the carrier panel.
Figure 3

Pull the electrical connections (green arrow) out of the plastic holder on the side of the carrier panel.

Follow the wiring loom down and pull the clips (green arrow) out of the carrier panel.
Figure 4

Follow the wiring loom down and pull the clips (green arrow) out of the carrier panel. This loom varies from car to car, so you'll need to follow it ad disconnect as needed.

Loosen and remove the ten 10mm bolts (green arrows) holding the carrier panel to the door frame.
Figure 5

Loosen and remove the ten 10mm bolts (green arrows) holding the carrier panel to the door frame. Carefully pull the carrier panel from the frame and lower it down out of the panel.

Slide the door handle cable pull (green arrow) through the carrier panel.
Figure 6

Slide the door handle cable pull (green arrow) through the carrier panel.

Disconnect the electrical connector (green arrow) attached to the door lock module.
Figure 7

Disconnect the electrical connector (green arrow) attached to the door lock module. Press the tab on the side and pull it off.

Here is the window regulator and carrier panel removed from the door.
Figure 8

Here is the window regulator and carrier panel removed from the door. Installing the new regulator in the reverse order of removal. When installed, hold the window switch in the up position for ten seconds. Then lower the window and hold it in the down position for ten seconds. This will reset the stop points on the window.

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