1999 beetle. I replaced the drivers window regulator and very carefully got every bolt and connection back in place and now the door will not unlock. The lock mechanisms all activate so it's not wiring. The handles are connected correctly and are working properly. I have the inner door panel loose and the window trim removed so I can see down into the door with a flashlight. Is there any way to manually unlock the door so I can get it open and replace the lock body if necessary?
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Hi Ronald, Remove the back plate of the door latch handle. Remove the screws under the armrest. Remove the door lock button. Remove the switch for window operation by levering it gently out of its recess. Take a flat bladed tool (such as a kitchen pastry knife) and slide it between the door and the panel at the bottom and gently release the press clips by pulling towards yourself. Continue along the bottom and up the sides until all clips are released, then lift the cover off the door. Remove the inner plastic material carefully so that it can be refitted. Refit the switch as you will need to move the window up and down. Lower the window until the bolts holding the regulator to the window rail are visible and prepare something to prop the window in place before removing the two bolts. Remove the blots and then remove the bolts holding in the motor. Be careful not to get your fingers trapped and lower the regulator until it can be removed from the door. Replace and refitting is opposite to the job you have already done Regards John
Look in the harness between the door and frame for broke wiring in the drivers door. You will have to slide back rubber boot it is common for wiring to break there since it is always flexing. All your switches run thru the master switch so start here
Take off the door panel. Then you will see a clear plastic covering over the metal of the door. Carefully remove the plastic. Look for the window regulator. My car had two bolts missing and the third one was very loose. I used an awl to hold the regulator in place. After that I replaced the missing bolts and tightened the last bolt. I tested it before I put everything back together.
I have replaced two of these recently, one LH and one RH. This worked for me but use your own judgment. I removed the plastic insert around interior door handle (it pops loose). Next, I removed the phillips head screw that was now exposed that held the door panel to the metal door frame. I popped loose the cover over the speaker above door panel and detached the wire connected to it. I start at the center bottom of the door panel and began carefully popping door panel loose (I used a special tool for this but a 1 inch putty knife may work although without the tool, it may be more difficult). I worked patiently and was able to get the door panel loose with breaking the plastic snaps. I carefully set the panel out of the way. I did not have to remove the major wiring harness connections on the door panel but I did remove the wiring connection to the door motor. I put the window in the full up position and taped it into place. I had another one once that wouldn't go up so I cut the cable and then it went up. I found two holes through which I could access two small bolts that clamp the bottom of the window in place. The two holes are near the top of the door and were covered with plastic plugs that are just a little smaller than a quarter; they just snapped out. I loosened the two bolts and released the window from two rubber padded clamps. Then I removed the three nuts that held the window regulator assembly in place. One was near the middle of the door and the other two were close to the bottom. I carefully pushed the window regulator back to clear the studs and then twisted it so the top of the regulator fit through the large access hole to the left of center. I removed the regulator. It came out relatively easily but it took a little patience. I did the reverse of the above to install the new regulator. It works like new.By the way, I bought two window regulators over the internet for about $80 each.
To remove the window motor on this truck remove the door panel to access the window regulator and motor assembly. The regulator might be riveted in so you will have to knock out the rivets to remove it and replace them with bolts and nuts. Once you remove the rivets lower the regulator and window down to slide regulator out of the channel on the bottom of the window once removed from window push window back up and tape in position to pull regulator and motor out unbolt motor of regulator being careful not to let tension spring on regulator to release real fast it will mess it up. Replace motor and reinstall regulator assembly back in the door on the window and bolt into place. Put door back together.
Not likely. You have a defective window regulator. To fix remove the door panel. Peel down the warer barier. Remove the window motor and check it. If the plastic plugs are defective replace. To remove the window regulator you will need a 1/4 inch punch to punch out the rivits and 1/4 inch drill to drill out the aluminum holding in the regulator. Replace these with 1/4 inch bolts and lock nuts.
1. Take door panel off by prying off with srew driver moldings for outside mirror,around lock,and door handle, then pry up counsel for power locks, windows, and mirror adjustment and disconnect plugs. Remove three screws located behind arm rest handle, inside where counsel was removed, and bottom middle of door panel. Lift panel and pull slighlty towards you. Disconnect courtesy light, and wire to speaker. This may sound like alot but it goes pretty fast.
2. Peel away plastic and loosen window glass clamps (explaination from above, which are accessable when window is in up position).
3. Disconnect wire to motor, and remove 6 bolts holding guide rails and motor. Lift rails slightly to release from little hangers, which come in handy when putting new one in.
4. You should be able to remove entire window regulator at this point. Surprisingly the window stayed in up position when regulator was removed.
5. Before installing new regulator loosen window glass clamps. Install new by first setting guides in place by using the little hangers. Bolt guides and motor, temporarily connect power window switch and carefully raise window regulator until clamps are resting in place under window glass, tighten clamps. Test before putting panel back on.
The window should be put in a closed position.
Hidden screws behind buttons of the same color as panel should be opened up using a pick or small screwdiver.
Pry the lower part of the panel away from the door using a paint scraper, The lower half of this panel is usually held in with plastic fastners. When pulled hard enough they will release. These fastners are replacable you can buy them at your local body shop. After releasing all plastic fastners lift door panel off door lock in an upward thrust. Be careful not to pull to far away from door due to wire harnesses and speaker wires ect.. These can be uncliped to remkove whole panel. To operate window you can replug window harness wires in order to bring the window into the proper position to remove bolts that hold it into place. Carefully position glass in upward position and duct tape in place.
The regulator is held in place by three or more bolts.
Compare your new part to the existing window regulator.
Installation is reversal of removal.
Any questions get back!
The window should be put in a closed position. Hidden screws behind buttons of the same color as panel should be opened up using a pick or small screwdiver. Pry the lower part of the panel away from the door using a paint scraper, The lower half of this panel is usually held in with plastic fastners. When pulled hard enough they will release. These fastners are replacable you can buy them at your local body shop. After releasing all plastic fastners lift door panel off door lock in an upward thrust. Be careful not to pull to far away from door due to wire harnesses and speaker wires ect.. These can be uncliped to remove whole panel. To operate window you can replug window harness wires in order to bring the window into the proper position to remove bolts that hold it into place. Carefully position glass in upward position and duct tape in place. The regulator is held in place by three or more bolts. Remove regulator. Compare your new part to the existing window regulator. Installation is reversal of removal. Any questions get back!