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    Thread: DIY - Removing front door parts (door panel, door unlock handle and sideview mirror)

    1. 07-31-2003 05:56 PM #1
      I had some free time and all the necessary pics, so I put this little DIY together. Hope it's useful to someone.


      STEPS FOR REMOVING FRONT DOOR PANEL, DOOR UNLOCK HANDLE ASSEMBLY AND SIDEVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY

      The following outlines the procedure for removing the above items on a MKIV Jetta (some steps may also apply to a MKIV Golf/GTI as well). The procedure was based on a 99.5 Jetta GLS VR6 with power windows and mirrors - it will be slightly different on models with manual windows and mirrors. Please do these procedures at your own risk and be ready to make small adjustments while doing them. Also, please be observant while removing parts so that they go back together correctly.

      - To remove the front driver's door panel, follow steps 1 through 8 and 14 through 23.
      - To remove the front passenger's door panel, follow steps 9 through 23.
      - To remove the front door unlock handle, follow the appropriate steps for the given door panel (above) and then follow steps 24 and 25.
      - To remove the sideview mirror assembly, follow the appropriate steps for the given door panel (above) and then follow steps 26 through 29.


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      FRONT DRIVER'S DOOR PANEL

      1. Lower the front driver's window all the way and open the front driver's door.

      2. Begin by prying out the inner handle piece, indicated by the arrow in the picture below.

      3. Insert a screwdriver or other strong, thin tool into the crack between the inner and outer pieces, as shown below, and carefully spread them apart. Be careful not to harm the soft-touch coating on the handle pieces - you may want to protect the tool with a thin rag. Although a screwdriver is shown in the picture, I actually prefer a tool with a wider blade, such as a putty or spackling knife - it has always been easier for me to get the handles off with one of these.

      4. Once the inner handle piece has been pried out approx. 1/8", as shown below, you should be able to pull it out the rest of the way with your hands.

      5. To take the main handle piece off of the driver's door panel, pull the rear of the handle upwards to unclip it, as shown below. Do the same at the front edge of the handle.

      6. Disconnect the electrical harness connector for the main window and door controls in the main handle piece, as shown below.

      7. If your main door and window controls unit is not working properly (like mine), you can replace it by removing the three medium Phillips screws (yellow arrow in picture below) that attach it to the main handle piece. If your unit is working properly and/or you do not want to replace it, ignore this step.

      8. Remove the three large Phillips screws indicated by the yellow arrows in the photo below.


      FRONT PASSENGER'S DOOR PANEL

      9. Lower the front passenger's window all the way and open the front passenger's door.

      10. Begin by prying off the outer handle piece, as shown below. To do this, insert a screwdriver or other strong, thin tool into the crack between the inner and outer pieces at one end and carefully spread them apart. (NOTE: The next four pictures are actually of the rear driver's side door panel and handle. The front passenger's handle is identical to those of the rear doors and I already had the pics for the rear door version of this DIY, so I used them instead of taking new ones - view the pictures in a mirror if it bothers you - J/K.)

      11. Once one end of the outer handle piece is pried out slightly, move to the other end and pry that out slightly, as shown below. Go back and forth between ends until the handle has been pried out approx. 1/8". Once it is this far out, you should be able to pull it off the rest of the way with your hands.

      12. The picture below illustrates how the outer handle piece is connected to the inner handle piece by two posts (yellow arrows) and 3 clips (red arrows). Now you know why it is so hard to get off.

      13. The picture below shows the inner handle piece still attached to the door panel. The handle piece is attached to the door panel with three medium Phillips screws (red arrows) and the door panel is secured to the door with 2 large Phillips screws (yellow arrows). If you want to remove the inner handle piece from the door panel, remove all five screws. If you are just taking the door panel off, only remove the two large screws indicated by the yellow arrows.


      BOTH DOOR PANELS

      14. Remove the three T20 Torx screws at the bottom of the door.

      15. Remove the small Phillips screw on the top front edge of the door panel, indicated by the arrow in the picture below. This screw secures the door panel to the speaker grille.

      16. Starting at the bottom of the door, pull the door panel away from the door, as shown below. There are six snaps securing the panel to the door, three near the front edge of the panel and three near the rear edge of the panel. The approximate location of the two lowermost snaps on the rear edge are indicated by the red spots. After unsnapping the six snaps, the door panel should still be attached to the top of the door near the bottom of the window.

      17. The picture below of the inside of the door panel shows the location of the six snaps. (This picture is for reference only and was taken later in the DIY. The door panel should not be off yet).

      18. Starting with the top, rear corner, pull the door panel up and out of the window seal, as shown below.

      19. Do the same with the top, front corner of the door panel, as shown below. The door panel should now be disconnected from the door except for the electrical and door lock cable connections in between the panel and the door. You can rest the door panel back into the window seal if you want to take a break or reach for a tool.

      20. Next you need to disconnect the door lock cable from the door unlock handle. This is by far the most difficult step of the DIY. I find it easiest to do if you stand on the inside of the door with the door panel in front of you and stick your head through the open window to get a better view. To remove the lock cable, you need to pull out on front edge of the cable retaining clip (red area in picture below) and then slide the clip toward the rear of the car (away from the unlock handle assembly).

      21. Once the clip is unhooked, remove the cable from the groove in the unlock handle assembly and then detach the hook from the unlock handle, as shown below.

      22. The picture below is a side view of the cable retaining clip to help illustrate how to detach it. You need to pull outwards on the front of the clip (1) to clear the tabs and then slide it to the rear (2).

      23. After the lock cable is disconnected from the unlock handle, unclip the electrical connections for the front driver's door (mirror switch, alarm LED, door light, trunk release, gas door release and the speakers) or the front passenger's door (door locks, door light and speakers). You should now be able to remove the door panel from the car.


      DOOR UNLOCK HANDLE ASSEMBLY

      24. The door unlock handle assembly is secured to the inside of the door panel with four clips (yellow arrows) and 1 small Phillips screw (red arrow), as shown below. To remove the assembly, remove the screw, undo the four clips and push out on the front edge of the assembly (by the mirror switch on driver's door and door lock switch on passenger's door). (NOTE: The next two pictures are actually of the rear driver's side door panel and handle assembly, and were used for the reasons given in Step 10. The door unlock handle assembly on the front doors is attached to the door panel in the same way as the rear doors.)

      25. Once the front edge of the handle assembly is pushed out (1), slide the assembly toward the front of the car to remove (2).


      SIDEVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY

      26. Remove the small Phillips screw that attaches the tweeter speaker grille to the door, as indicated by the arrow in the picture below.

      27. Pull the speaker grille off of the door. The inside of the grille is also attached to the door by three tabs which are indicated by the arrows in the picture below.

      28. Pull the foam speaker insert, shown below, off of the door.

      29. The sideview mirror assembly is attached to the door with a single T45 Torx screw (thanks bluetoyota for the size). Remove this screw and pull the mirror assembly off of the door - be careful not to harm the wires for the mirror glass heater element and the mirror motor.


      EXTRAS

      Once the door panels are off, you can also do the following:

      30. To remove the driver's door alarm LED, press in on the tabs indicated by the arrows in the picture below and slide the LED unit out of the top of the door panel.

      31. To remove the door light, push in on the two tabs indicated by the arrows in the picture below and slide the light out of the door panel.

      32. To view your window regulator clips, remove the two rubber plugs (one shown in picture below) with a screwdriver and raise the window until you can see the clips at the bottom of the window glass through the holes (this will require you to temporarily reconnect the main driver's window and door lock controls).


      Let me know if you have any questions.

      As always, do this procedure at your own risk. I am not responsible for any mistakes in the procedure or those that you make while performing it.


      Modified by VgRt6 at 9:57 PM 9-22-2004


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      07-31-2003 06:13 PM #2
      yes, very helpful!!!! thanks a lot man!
      nicely detailed with clear pics!
      cheers

    3. 07-31-2003 06:35 PM #3
      Very nice. Thanks for putting the time into documenting this in detail.

    4. 07-31-2003 06:38 PM #4
      you must be my guardian angel or something because I have to do this very soon! (got new mirrors)

      thanks x 999 for the awesome DIY mang! to you!


    5. 07-31-2003 06:54 PM #5
      Glad it helps.

    6. 10-11-2003 12:31 PM #6
      Good info, but the pictures did not show up in article. They would be a great help. Is it possible to get them?

    7. 10-11-2003 12:39 PM #7
      I've found that sometimes the images don't show up when Imagestation is haveing problems or tinkering with their website. Try again in a half hour or so. They're usually unavailable only for a short time.

    8. 10-11-2003 12:51 PM #8
      hey wut happens if u get mirrors w. blinkers on them?? do u think it will be easy plug and play once u finish all the steps above???

    9. 10-11-2003 12:53 PM #9
      excellent! i was planning on doing this today, good timing!

    10. 10-11-2003 03:17 PM #10
      You'll probably need to run some extra wires and hook them into the turn signal/hazard circuit somewhere. The new mirrors may come with the wiring and instructions, but may not. There's a possibility that you'll need to take apart some of the dash area to run the wiring. You can use PartII of this DIY to do that. Search for my username in recent and archived topics. There are a bunch of DIYs for taking things apart and replacing things on a MKIV.


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      11-12-2003 05:17 PM #12
      will be doing thsi tomorrwo to replace my sisters drivers side mirror there is way more to thsi than i orignally thought so thsi helped out a ton excelent write up

    12. 11-12-2003 05:23 PM #13
      Glad it helps. Feel free to contribute any specifics that I may have missed. The mirror part of the DIY is very general and could benefit from some specifics (like the Torx bolt size). Anything you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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      11-12-2003 08:09 PM #14
      Bro.. thanks very much I'll be installing my mirrors soon this week and I was about to post a topic on it... (but I am no n00bie so I SEARCH hehe) tks

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      11-12-2003 08:14 PM #15
      Really good write up for u

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      11-22-2003 03:19 AM #16
      bump b/c this was very helpfull
      mods. add to the DIY section

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      11-22-2003 06:15 AM #17

    17. 05-11-2004 06:36 PM #18
      Pics are back online ... this time for good!

      Gary


    18. 05-11-2004 08:33 PM #19
      awsome DIY..

    19. 05-13-2004 04:54 PM #20
      bump for a sweet DIY

    20. 06-08-2004 03:59 PM #21
      Will these instructions hold up for a 2001 Wolfsburg Jetta?

      My Drivers side mirror is a little loose and I would like to tighten it.

      Thanks,

      Mike


    21. 06-08-2004 04:15 PM #22
      Yes.

      Gary


    22. 06-08-2004 04:23 PM #23
      Thanks Gary.

      I consider myself to have above average handyman skills.

      On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most difficult, what would u rate this project?

      Finally, does anyone know the exact size of the bolt used to secure the side-view mirror?

      Thanks,

      Mike


    23. 06-14-2004 07:59 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by nizmike »
      Thanks Gary.

      I consider myself to have above average handyman skills.

      On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most difficult, what would u rate this project?

      I'd rate it a difficult '1' if you've never done it before and an easy '1' if you've done it before. I can have me door panel off in about 3 minutes now after taking it off so many times.

      Gary


    24. 06-14-2004 08:16 PM #25
      What is the door panel part # in grey?

    25. 06-14-2004 08:32 PM #26
      I've removed my door panels a few times. I like to use a plastic putty knife as it's somewhat flexible and less likely to mar the door grab handle trim pieces that snap on/off. The beveled edge helps one work the tool in between the handle halves. Any decent home improvement store should have 2 or 3 sizes of plastic putty knives in the paint section and they're cheap too!

      Good directions and pictures for someone who's never done it before!


    26. 06-14-2004 09:10 PM #27
      I like using a putty knife as well and did mention it in the text. The pic shows a screwdriver being used since that's all I had the day I took the pics.

      Gary


    27. 09-22-2004 09:38 PM #28
      Great post!

      Some dork clipped our mirror recently. i was able to put the replacement on in something like 20 minutes this evening! On my own it would taken more like and hour and a half, i'm sure....

      Btw, the torx bolt holding the mirror assembly to the body is a T45.


      thanks again

      -Bill
      03' Golf TDI (indigo bleu)


    28. 09-22-2004 09:54 PM #29
      Thanks for the T45 heads up. I'm going to add that to the original post.

      Gary


    29. 11-23-2004 07:04 PM #30
      ver good info i can install my roll up window module now

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      11-24-2004 01:49 AM #31
      Excellent write up

      Now I will stop being lazy and FINALLY do my own window roll up module.

      By the way where did you get your window roll up module from?


    31. 01-08-2005 11:11 PM #32
      Thanks for posting this fix, it's just what I'm looking for. I had a deer run into the side of by Jetta a few weeks ago. The car survived other than the side mirror (which is now attached by the control wires). This fix looks straight-forward. My mirror is manual style; will this change the fix significantly? Thanks for the help

    32. 01-09-2005 11:01 PM #33
      I'm half-way through replacing the mirror a deer took off. I've got pictures of how to remove the window crank and the manual mirror connector. Let me know if it's worth posting the pics. Thanks,

    33. 01-10-2005 07:56 AM #34
      Definitely post the pics. Many people have asked about the procedure with manual windows, and I haven't had any info for them.

      Gary


    34. 01-10-2005 11:31 AM #35
      This write up is fantastic! You should be promoted to head-DIY-write-up-guy!

      Keep up the good work.


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