What: a 2000 JETTA MKIV GLS VR6 auto transmission.
Part: shifter surround bezel (chrome with indicator lights to left of shifter)
Why: lighting is intermittent appears to be black wire (1 of 4) loose
The shifter surround on my gf's Jetta has had intermittent (mostly off) lighting for a few years. In prep for a sale (stay tuned, North Carolina members, we plan to post here ... it's very clean and in excellent mechanical condition .. PM for details), I'm trying to repair this lighting.
Following this superb post by VgRt6 (many thanks, sir), I've removed the rear ashtray, armrest, rear center console, and ashtray. Unfortunately, I can't seem to remove the forward center console due to the metal bracket here...
... blocks sliding the console back, and the nuts ...
... are covered by the shifter surround bezel itself. Everything has been easy up to this point.
It appears that the shifter bezel has two tabs on each side (based on a pic found on the Interweb) can be snapped up at the rear, and ... slid forward and up? I can't tell from looking under the bezel (with an inspection mirror where the ashtray was) how it's fastened in there. And there are curved plastic "guides" or something at the front and rear (the rear one appears empty), can't tell if they're actually attached to the bezel or the shifter mechanism itself.
I seem to recall from another thread (can't find it this late at night) that a wiring harness connected to the underside of the bezel can be disconnected. I thought that this harness connection could be what's loose -- tapping or pressing down on the bezel restores partial or full lighting for a short time.
Careful inspection with a mirror indicates that four wires are leading up directly to a small circuit board. Doinking around with the four wires leading up to the bezel, though, it appears that the black wire closest to the vehicle midline (power?) is loose. No problem to fix for an old avionics technician, all I need is a little room to resolder it. I can't solder upside down in small spaces anymore, though.
So I'm stuck -- I can't get the bezel out. Any assistance or experience with this "throttle quadrant" disassembly would be appreciated. Gf fell in love with the red and blue "neon" lighting of the Jetta and I'd like to get it all restored in time for Valentine's Day.
Modified by davidspalding at 1:00 AM 2-1-2009
Modified by davidspalding at 1:18 AM 2-1-2009