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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 September 10th, 2006, 12:10   #1
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Default Cruise/Turn signal/Headlight dimmer switch replacemet

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I was having trouble with cruise control last week. Every time I would use my turn signal or headlight dimmer my cruise control would shut off. Found the answer to my problem thanks to members Wingnut and Trouble.

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=88148

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=46426


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1. Disconnect the Battery. Airbags are not fun to play with while they are "live"..
2. Insert a flat blade short (less than 6" ) screwdriver into the slots located on the back of the steering wheel ( ~ 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock, you'll have to do one side, turn the wheel and then the other). Pry from the outside to the inside to release the airbag clips. Remove the airbag.
3. Use a 12mm triple square internal socket to remove the steering wheel. Important: Mark where the wheel is centered.
4. Undo screws on the lower and upper covers. Move out of way. (4 small Phillips and one Torx)
5. Remove clips on centering ring. Remove.
6. Loosen bolt behind switch cluster (5mm Allen, on top). Remove connector (4), and remove switch assembly.

Now the tricky part. Look the switch assembly over, it's in 2 halves and a bear to get apart.. Until you undo the center clip ( ~ 3 o'clock) and it slides right apart. DO NOT PRY ON THE EARS UNDERNEATH THE SWITCHES.... don't do it.. Trust me..

Installation is reverse of dis-assembly. Make sure the centering clip rotates freely, mine clicked while turning after re-installing it. Had to remove it a and re-install it again.

So since I had my camera I though I would post this:

1. Disconnect Battery




2. Insert screwdriver in opening in back of wheel (See instructions above). This is the hardest part of the job. I didn't need to put the screwdriver in all the way. Lift the screwdriver handle up.




3. Remove airbag










4. Remove center wheel bolt (I used a 3/8" Hex)





5. Make sure you mark the shaft and wheel so you know where to put it back on.



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Old September 10th, 2006, 12:32   #2
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6. Remove wheel.

7. Remove screws to slide back plastic covers.











8. Unclip and remove the center circle thing? (three clips and wire connector plug)





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Old September 10th, 2006, 12:41   #3
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9. Loosen the clamp that holds the cruise switch.




10. Unclip the two cables that go to the switch.






11. Undo the clip that keeps the cruise switch and window wiper switch together.




12. Slide the wiper switch out of the way.




13. Slip off the cruise switch.









14. Install new switch.




About 1.5 hours or less to do the job. IMPEX Part # 6792 $50.00
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Old September 12th, 2006, 07:43   #4
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Very nice job, moo car. I used this for some reference when adding a MF steering wheel, and new cruise stalk. THanks
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Old February 19th, 2011, 18:55   #5
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Thanks moo car.I just fixed my "no low beam" problem on my 03 wagon.took less than an hour.I left the switch on the column.A little tricky unclipping the switchcover with a pick.I cleaned and greased the contacts.Works good again.
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Old April 16th, 2011, 21:45   #6
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Hi Guys - thanks for the posts & the write up.

I did a switch replacement on my daughters 2006 9N polo yesterday - a couple of notes which might help....

In getting the airbag off - it helps to push it in a little whilst releasing the clip with the screw driver.

Tip 2 - the polo had a single combined blinker and wiper switch that slid over the steering column - the electrical connector to that is a large L shaped connector with upteen wires. This is held in under tension by a white plastic slide that runs in the plane from the floor to roof - grab the end and slide it up - as you do so it releases the connector - very clever - but hard to fathom!!

Thanks for all the great posts!

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Old April 17th, 2011, 19:51   #7
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If there's a break in the connection in the stalk, it's easily fixable using a tiny brush and the conductive compound from a rear defroster repair kit, as long as you can find the break.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 03:03   #8
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Quote:
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If there's a break in the connection in the stalk, it's easily fixable using a tiny brush and the conductive compound from a rear defroster repair kit, as long as you can find the break.
Yeah thats the main problem is finding the Land Insurance, because i've tried to find a break but had real problems and of course without that i cant fix it

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Old May 6th, 2012, 13:56   #9
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Thanks for that how to OP, I'll be needing that info in the very near future, bookmarked
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:09   #10
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Hello Moo Car. First I want to thank you very much for posting such a good tutorial about how to replace the cruise stalk. I would not have attempted this repair if not for this post. My question is how did you get the clicking noise from the centering ring to stop. I frustratingly removed the airbag and steering wheel several times to make sure the centering ring was reinstalled properly, but still have the slight clicking when I crank the wheel either way. It is not horrible, but it makes me crazy that I can't figure out why it is doing this.

Thanks again.

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