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    Thread: DIY: Removal and Install of Rear Hatch Actuator (golf/gti)

    1. Member VWeisgerber's Avatar
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      10-29-2009 11:46 PM #1
      This DIY will show how to remove old rear hatch actuator, transfer hardware and install new actuator...


      - Supplies -
      1– New/used working rear actuator (part Number - 1M0959781A) (1stVWParts has them for $24.08)

      - Tools -
      * Phillips screwdriver
      * Bullnose Pliers

      :::::::: On to the Removal :::::::

      Step 1: Remove rear hatch panel. There are two small Phillips screws, one in each handle. After removing them, the rear panel is held on by 8 metal clips, just grab and pry the panel off. It will sound like you are breaking it, but you aren't.

      (No pictures of removing the hatch panel. Will take pictures next week and add)

      Step 2: Locate actuator....

      Step 3: Disconnect power supply for the actuator. it is held in by a squeeze clip....

      Step 4: Find where rod connect to latch assembly. Pull it downwards to pop it out of its sleeve.

      Step 5: Remove rod from old actuator. It slides off the nose of the extending rod....

      Step 6: Now the actuator is ready to be removed. Locate the two silver hex screws. Grab these with the bull nose pliers and turn CLOCKWISE!! Just turn once or twice (each) to loosen the screws....

      Step 7: Now the actuator is loose, slide it towards the passenger side of the car. It will drop free after an inch or so......

      Step 8: Remove the two Phillips screws from the actuator.

      Step 9: Take the two Phillips screws and install in the new actuator. DO NOT tighten all the way down, you need to leave the heads up a little so that you can slide the new actuator back into place....


      NOW REVERSE REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS:

      1. Reinstalled new actuator.
      2. Tighten two screws COUNTER-CLOCKWISE once seated in slots.
      3. Reconnect the rod to the actuator and to door latch.
      4. Reconnect power supply.
      5. Enjoy a working actuator....


      Work done by VWeisgerber and Steinosaur on steinosaur's 03 GTI

      Disclaimer: I am NOT responsible for the careless acts of others when using this DIY as a reference or anything you manage to break.


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      10-30-2009 09:29 AM #2
      Nice writeup, got one for the lock assembly, too?
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    3. 10-30-2009 09:33 AM #3
      quality sir

      Thanks alot- I plan on doing this soon!


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      10-30-2009 09:34 AM #4
      good deal. next time i take my hatch panel off i'll take it off.

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      10-30-2009 09:35 AM #5
      Quote, originally posted by dremhmrk2 »
      Nice writeup, got one for the lock assembly, too?

      i should of made one. there is one over on dk but there is a way to remove it without breaking it and of course i forgot how i did it.


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      10-30-2009 01:30 PM #6
      thanks everyone

      Quote, originally posted by dremhmrk2 »
      got one for the lock assembly, too?

      are you talk about this part of the lock set-up?

      or are you talking about the microswitch?


    7. 02-22-2010 12:20 PM #7
      I've got a problem with the microswitch not 'catching', I can't even flick it by hand when the hatch is in the air, so the door won't latch shut and the alarm won't arm (was intermittent for a long time, finally stop working altogether this winter). Will replacing the actuator fix that or will I need to replace the microswitch too? Is that any more difficult or involved?

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      03-03-2010 04:25 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by SteveK2005 »
      I've got a problem with the microswitch not 'catching', I can't even flick it by hand when the hatch is in the air, so the door won't latch shut and the alarm won't arm (was intermittent for a long time, finally stop working altogether this winter). Will replacing the actuator fix that or will I need to replace the microswitch too? Is that any more difficult or involved?
      is it just sticking? try some white grease.

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      12-16-2011 11:06 PM #9
      Hi All

      If I put key in manually I can unlock and dissable the alarm but when i push a truck button remote 2 actuators do not work after a leak.

      Please help
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      01-31-2012 09:16 AM #10
      Can anybody point me in the right direction to get my hatch open from the inside? I found a/the thread describing it a few weeks ago, but now I can't find it. I'm going to attempt to do this, but figured I would go in with a little guidance.
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      01-31-2012 10:19 AM #11
      Just succeeded in opening hatch from the inside. Luckily I have managed to keep the weight off and was just able to reach in and release it. Seemed the problem was road grime and salt. Just a few strategic squirts of WD-40 and we're back in business.
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      08-16-2012 12:08 AM #12
      Anybody kno y my hatch won't pop open changed the actuator cleaned the mechanism I did everything but change the fuse can somebody help me plz

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      02-23-2013 04:59 AM #13
      ha, turns out the actuator is not my issue... I think it is the lock it's self.. corrosion.. grrr..

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      04-23-2014 11:17 AM #14
      This kicks tail thanks!
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      06-18-2014 07:22 PM #15
      Awesome, this guide is bitchin!!

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