I've heard mention that there is a way but it's so easy to just unplug it. When I was cleaning the engine bay and getting ready to unplug mine I noticed a un-used tube/port that I thought was where engine noise was going into and being amplified and sent to the soundaktor but I was wrong. LOL.
Thanks so much for posting this, it took me all of 5 minutes to do (and most of that time was spent wrapping the connector in tape and using a velcro tie to secure it).
I have been driving manual transmission cars for 30 years and when I picked up my GLI two weeks ago I felt like there was a slight disconnect between what I was hearing and the feedback I was getting from the car itself, it was just a little off.
Now that I have disconnected the soundaktor I feel like everything is more in tune and I can drive the car more smoothly. Maybe it's different with the automatic, but it really helps to not have the artificial noise with a stick.
That's my two cents, and thanks again for th DIY!
went for a drive a little while ago to take care of some errands, more I thought about how this car sounds, it reminds me of a TDI. My 2010 GTI with the sound tube sounded throaty and nice. It's raining cats and dogs, so no unclipping this thing now. I just can not believe that none of us have figured out how to turn this off via VAG - or even a fuse.
i can't remember where it was,but i think it was 17-instruments-adaptation.
for the people having so much trouble,it was very easy for me to disconnect.
peel off the cheesy styrofoam strip on the passenger side far enough to lift up
the equally cheesy plastic cover far enough to get your hand in.
there is a flat gray clip on the bottom of the round black connecter.
put thumb on top of connecter,put finger on tip of gray clip on the bottom.
squeeze,making sure your finger is only on the clip on bottom,pull out connecter.
requires little effort,no wriggling,or tugging,etc..
i suspect if you're finding it difficult you're squeezing the whole connecter,and not just the
do it you'll be glad you did.
ok got the left and right sides of the rain guards up off of the clips on the sides. Have the right side slid over, cant pull the left side cover off where it meats the glass.
How does it come off - towards the engine, or straight up off the glass, to the left or right?
I figured it out. The part of the plastic tray on the left side, that you have to remove. Slide both left and right sides of the trays towards the fenders a little - this is once you have pulled the clips from the side up. Then with the wipers in service mode put you hand between to two pieces of the plastic trays right where it meets the glass - and Pull the left side up, and take it out - carefully!!
I'm surprised that VW continues installing this device too. I'd almost rather have anything that costs VW $3 than a fake sound generator.
Car and Driver not only complains about the Sound Aktor on a continual basis, but they also wrote in the Long Term test of their GLI that most owners visit You Tube for videos about how to remove it.
Between the Sound Aktor and a carpeted trunk lid liner, I'd prefer the latter, and I imagine that the cost difference isn't very high.
2003 24v Jetta GLI
I have a brand new '13 GLI Autobahn 6mt and the Sound Aktor was driving me crazy. After I found this thread (thanks clutchrider!) I was able to get this stupid thing unplugged. It took me two tries to remove it. Getting to it with clutchrider's pictures is easy enough but getting the connector to release is the hard part. I would add the following observation:
You need to approach this from the passenger side of the car and slide your left arm/hand in under the raintray cover to reach the Sound Aktor. Then using the fingernails of your index finger and thumb, pull the "T" top of the grey tab straight out (towards the passenger side of the car). It does indeed click. Once it has clicked, you can pull the connector straight out.
What a relief! Being able to hear the engine without the Sound Aktor makes this a far more enjoyable car to drive. This may be less of an issue with an auto trans but with a manual, I like to hear what is really going on and the Sound Aktor really disconnected me from the car.
Thanks for the posting. I disconnected mine the other day and wow I am so glad it did. The sound is so much smoother and does not sound like a Gargling Kazoo. The Soundaktor was actually causing a rattle big time when it activated on full throttle. Does anyone remember the Alpine Bass Engines? Reminded me of that. The disconnect was easy, only took five minutes max.