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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Door Lock Module Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100 to $200

Talent:

****

Tools:

T20 Torx driver, small screwdriver, 8mm triple square driver

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Front door lock module

Hot Tip:

Remove window regulator for access

Performance Gain:

Doors that lock

Complementary Modification:

Replace window regulator

The front door lock modules have a tendency to fail after years of use. This is usually due to cold solder joints on the circuit boards. In this article, we will cover the steps involved with replacing the door lock module. Keep in mind that you will need to remove the door panel and window regulator panel to gain access. See our articles on Front Door Panel Removal and Front Door Window Regulator Replacement for more information.

Left and Right Front Doors: Once the door panel and window regulator have been removed, you can see the door lock module inside.
Figure 1

Left and Right Front Doors: Once the door panel and window regulator have been removed, you can see the door lock module inside. Press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow), and pull it off the door lock module.

Left and Right Front Doors: Loosen and remove the two 8mm triple square bolts (green arrows) holding the door lock module to the door frame.
Figure 2

Left and Right Front Doors: Loosen and remove the two 8mm triple square bolts (green arrows) holding the door lock module to the door frame.

Left and Right Front Doors: Loosen the T20 Torx screw (green arrow) inside the access hole on the door frame.
Figure 3

Left and Right Front Doors: Loosen the T20 Torx screw (green arrow) inside the access hole on the door frame. There may or may not be a rubber plug covering this hole. Simply pull out the plug if it is present.

Left and Right Front Doors: Once the Torx screw is loose enough, pull the end of the door handle (green arrow) out of the door.
Figure 4

Left and Right Front Doors: Once the Torx screw is loose enough, pull the end of the door handle (green arrow) out of the door.

Left and Right Front Doors: Use a small screwdriver to pop the end of the door lock module cable (green arrow) out of the end of the door handle.
Figure 5

Left and Right Front Doors: Use a small screwdriver to pop the end of the door lock module cable (green arrow) out of the end of the door handle. At this point, the door lock module can be removed from inside the door.

And here's the finished result with the door lock module removed.
Figure 6

And here's the finished result with the door lock module removed. Installing the new one is the reverse order of removal.

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