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Pelican Technical Article:

Power Window Switch Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

Small flathead and Phillips screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta (1999-05)

Parts Required:

Power window switch

Hot Tip:

Use caution, as the surrounding plastic is flimsy

Performance Gain:

Ability to lower windows

Complementary Modification:

Replace window regulators

Switches wear out. It's a fact of life with a car. If you go to lower a window and nothing happens, it's a good bet that the switch mechanism has worn out and needs to be replaced. Replacement of the window switches is literally a snap and should take less than an hour.

The power window switch is integrated into the driver's side armrest as shown here.
Figure 1

The power window switch is integrated into the driver's side armrest as shown here.

Carefully pry out the inner trim piece (green arrow), using a small flathead screwdriver.
Figure 2

Carefully pry out the inner trim piece (green arrow), using a small flathead screwdriver. Use caution as the plastic pieces around the area are very flimsy and prone to cracking (yellow arrow).

Work your way around the base of the panel with the screwdriver to pry it up from the door panel.
Figure 3

Work your way around the base of the panel with the screwdriver to pry it up from the door panel.

Turn the panel over to access the electrical connection.
Figure 4

Turn the panel over to access the electrical connection. Press the tab (green arrow) and pull the connector off.

Loosen and remove the three Phillips head screws holding the switch to the panel.
Figure 5

Loosen and remove the three Phillips head screws holding the switch to the panel.

And here's the final result with the switch removed from the panel.
Figure 6

And here's the final result with the switch removed from the panel. Installation of the new switch is the reverse of removal.


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