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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old August 25th, 2011, 21:29   #31
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This didn't do anything on my 02...

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Old September 22nd, 2013, 14:05   #32
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best fix - least time, works perfect is on this thread.

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread...=77648&page=35


Magnetic reed switch - normally open contact. WORKS PERFECT. install in 20 minutes. fixed forever (microswitch #4 problem).
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Old December 18th, 2013, 16:01   #33
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Just came across this one - and can't figure out from all the responses if this "bypass" just turns on the puddle light, or does it turn on the full interior lights + door open icon on the cluster?
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Old January 27th, 2014, 17:44   #34
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Old January 27th, 2014, 17:55   #35
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Great fix, cheap and everything works as normal..puddle light, door chime, interior lights and I don't get locked out of the car any more.
Went to Future shop, the auto dept, they gave me two door pins. They come extra with alarm systems..
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Old January 28th, 2014, 06:39   #36
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So if my dome light doesnt work when I open either the drivers or passengers front doors ( but does when I pull out the key, so I know the bulb is good), do I need to install a switch on both front doors?

(also have the no chime when the lights are left on problem)
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Old January 29th, 2014, 10:24   #37
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Has anyone figured a good walk around for those of us who's car thinks their door is always OPEN?

The $3 magnet switch fix only works if your car always thinks the doors are closed, however my car always thinks my passenger door is OPEN therefor leaving me with no interior lights (as I have had to turn them off so they aren't on all the time).

Is there a wire or something I can snip to undo the ground my car is constantly making just so that it never thinks the door is open? I would love to have interior lights on my driver door and do not care so much about them on my passenger side. HELP!
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Old January 29th, 2014, 14:25   #38
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Did this on my 2002 Jetta and it worked brilliantly. Thanks
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 13:48   #39
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I finally got down to fixing my door with this switch and it worked. Thank you so much for this write up. I felt that it was time to finally fix my driver door, since all someone had to do was bust my window and get in on the drivers side without making the alarm go off.

Feels weird having the chime when i leave my lights on or even have my key still in the ignition.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 18:22   #40
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Has anyone figured a good walk around for those of us who's car thinks their door is always OPEN?

The $3 magnet switch fix only works if your car always thinks the doors are closed, however my car always thinks my passenger door is OPEN therefor leaving me with no interior lights (as I have had to turn them off so they aren't on all the time).

Is there a wire or something I can snip to undo the ground my car is constantly making just so that it never thinks the door is open? I would love to have interior lights on my driver door and do not care so much about them on my passenger side. HELP!
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Old April 25th, 2014, 11:45   #41
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... since all someone had to do was bust my window and get in on the drivers side without making the alarm go off...
Guess what: they still can. Break out the window and get anything, as long as they don't open the door, the alarm never goes off.

The best and cheapest fix for 99% of these problems is to resolder the broken solder joints on the door latch circuit board.

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Old April 25th, 2014, 17:39   #42
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I tried that and nothing changed. I ended up having the dealer swap it out due to future mother-in-law visit (I had no time). I asked the tech about the original lock/actuator and he said that the switch was broken and that the circuit board was shorted out. They already threw the old part in the dump before I got there to see for myself
How much was the bill for switch and labor? My local dealer quoted me $380USD. There is no way that is going to happen.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 18:29   #43
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I did this fix in January and it's worked great until this week. I was sitting with the door open for about 20 minutes and all of a sudden the interior lights went out. Since then the front door puddle light and light on the dash doesn't work. I guess something got hot and stopped working. The interior lights work fine on the other doors.

I checked all the fuses and they are good. I'm wondering if the diode went bad or the light blew.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 18:36   #44
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doesn't the timer kick in after a period of time and shut everything down? I can remember my beetle shutting down after a while with the door open.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 10:10   #45
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Maybe the timer is longer than 20 minutes. But if it were the timer, the lights would work again the next time the door is opened. Very possibly the new little teeny switch melted after that long.

My wife's NB gave her grief a couple of weeks ago, so I took apart the door to fix the latch mechanism. The switches all appeared OK as did the solder joints. In this case, the joints were coated with something - lacquer or thin epoxy or something like that. I could see no solder breaks, so I did the only reasonable thing - I resoldered them anyway.

On reassembly, the random alarm has quit. Cost me time, but that's about all.

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