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How do you replace the driver's side door handle on a 1998 VW Jetta

My driver's side exterior door handle is broken. I bought the new handle and it needs to be installed. I need to know how this is done exactly. Do I remove the whole door panel or not? I would like the entire step by step process.

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There is only one screw holding the door handle in, the screw is right on the inside of the door. Its right above where the door attaches to the door.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013

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SOURCE: How do I remove the door panel?

the door handle pops off with a small screwdriver....the part on the door panel where you grab to pull it shut....then there are 2 screws behind there and 3 screws on the bottom....the door lifts off.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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SOURCE: 1994 vw jetta drivers door window crank inside handle removal(man

You'll see a small ring on the inside of the crank where it meets the panel. That ring holds the crank in place. To remove the handle simple push the ring up and the handle will slide right off. Depending on the position of the crank the ring might have to be pushed up down or sideways. Hope that helps.

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SOURCE: steps for replacing wiper motor for 1998 VW Jetta

remove wipers. remove plastic covering by loosening plastic screws first. unplug wiper motor wires. there are about three 10mm nuts at the motor location and you also have to unscrew the big nuts that were below the wipers when you unscrewed them. replacement is reversal.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: door panel

here is a diagram of how to unistall your door panel. please do not forget to rate and comment about your experience with fixya today.

Driver's Side Door
NOTE This procedure is for models with power windows. If equipped with manual windows, refer to the procedure for the Passenger Side Door Panel.


NOTE Do not grasp in grip depression when pulling off grip recess, as there is a strut secured to door trim underneath.

  1. If necessary, make sure you have the radio code.
  2. Make sure the ignition if OFF, then disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Insert a suitable prytool in lower partition between the panel and grip recess.
    42075_vwca_g0157.gif Insert a suitable prytool in lower partition between the panel (1) and grip recess (2)
  4. Unclip the grip recess upward out of door trim. Do NOT reach into grip depression while doing so, to prevent damage to brace.
  5. Press the locking lug against the connector (3 – arrow) and pull it off.
    42075_vwca_g0158.gif Unclip the grip recess (2) upward out of door trim. Do NOT reach into grip depression while doing so, to prevent damage to brace (1). Then , press the locking lug against the connector (3 – arrow) and pull it off
  6. Unscrew the 7 mounting bolts.
  7. Unclip the door trim at the sides using disassembly pliers 3392, or equivalent.
  8. Lift the door trim up out of window recess.
    42075_vwca_g0159.gif Unfasten the 7 bolts (arrows). Use pliers to unclip the door trim (1) at the sides, then lift the trim up out of the window recess
  9. Unclip the cable guide using a prytool, pull out the bracket in the direction of the arrow, then unhook the cable hook.
    42075_vwca_g0160.gif Unclip the cable guide (1) using a prytool (2), pull out the bracket (3) in the direction of the arrow, then unhook the cable hook (4)
  10. Disconnect the connectors and remove the trim panel from the vehicle.
    42075_vwca_g0162.gif View of the driver’s side door panel—with power windows
To install:
  1. Pull off the window recess seal from door trim and insert in window recess.
    42075_vwca_g0161.gif Pull off the window recess seal (1) from door trim and insert in window recess
  2. The remainder of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, noting the following:
    • Before installing door trim, check all clips and replace as necessary, and insert into mounts of door trim.
    • After connecting battery, check that the vehicle equipment (radio, clock, electric windows) is operating properly.
    • If the Electronic Control Module (ECM) is subject to low voltage with ignition on, DTC memory and Readiness code must be checked with a scan tool.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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SOURCE: door panel

go to http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1015107 This is a three part article that includes instructions for removing and re-installing the interior metal panel for front doors on jettas.

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