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Turn Signal and Wiper Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Turn Signal and Wiper Switch Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50 to $100

Talent:

****

Tools:

T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Turn Signal/Wiper Switch

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery beforehand

Performance Gain:

Working turn signals and wipers

Complementary Modification:

Replace airbag

A failing turn signal/wiper switch can cause a variety of headaches. Often times, it can result in intermittent operation or even odd grounding issues with the horn and/or airbag system. The good news is that it is somewhat easy to replace, although a few things must be removed beforehand.

You'll need to remove the instrument cluster, the airbag, the steering wheel and also the clockspring. See our articles on Instrument Cluster Removal, Airbag Removal, Steering Wheel Removal and Clockspring Replacement for more information. You'll also want to disconnect the battery. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information.

Shown here is the turn signal/wiper switch.
Figure 1

Shown here is the turn signal/wiper switch. This is relatively easy to replace once the steering wheel and clockspring have been removed.

Locate the T20 Torx screw clamping the switch to the steering column.
Figure 2

Locate the T20 Torx screw clamping the switch to the steering column. Loosen the screw enough to free the switch from the column.

Press the tabs on both right hand side connections (green arrows).
Figure 3

Press the tabs on both right hand side connections (green arrows). Note that it is very difficult to photograph the upper and lower tabs. You'll need to feel for the lower tabs on both. This picture only shows the upper tabs. Once the tabs are pressed, pull the connectors off the switch. Now slide the switch off the steering column to access the left hand side electrical connectors.

Press the tab on the smaller connector (green arrow) and pull it off the switch.
Figure 4

Press the tab on the smaller connector (green arrow) and pull it off the switch.

Now pull the larger electrical connector (green arrow) out of the switch.
Figure 5

Now pull the larger electrical connector (green arrow) out of the switch. You can now install the new switch. Installation of the new switch is the reverse of removal.

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