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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Inner Door Handle Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$60

Talent:

***

Tools:

Philips head screwdriver, small pick

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Rear inner door handle

Hot Tip:

Use caution, as it is very easy to break the mounting tabs

Performance Gain:

Opening rear door

Complementary Modification:

Replace rear window motor

The rear door handles on the Mk4 Jetta incorporate the window switch and rear speaker into a complete assembly. Over time, the plastic bits can wear out and the handle becomes inoperative. You'll need to remove the inner door panels to gain access to the handle. See our article on Rear Door Panel Removal for more information.

Shown here is the rear inner door handle for the Mk4 Jetta.
Figure 1

Shown here is the rear inner door handle for the Mk4 Jetta. You'll need to remove the inner door panel for access to the handle assembly.

From inside the door panel, loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow).
Figure 2

From inside the door panel, loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow). Then use a small pick to pry back the plastic locating tabs (yellow arrow) on the door panel. Use caution, as these are fragile.

Now slide the handle assembly out the door panel towards the front.
Figure 3

Now slide the handle assembly out the door panel towards the front. It is difficult to explain how this slides in place but once you see it, you will understand. The new handle slides in place of the old one.

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