Question about 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
1998 VW Beetle. The windows roll down on their own... when nobody is in the car, it is off, and the keys are not in the ignition! It will make a lock-unlock sound, the hazards will flash on and off, and then the windows will roll down. Also, the drivers side door does not lock at all. help!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I found a thread - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1542461 that details the repair of the soldering on the key lock door module. Our 2000 new beetle had the same issue. Also sometimes it refused to start. Soldering pins fixed it all.
Also see http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1015107 for releasing window from track, And door handle from inner panel.
I ripped the door apart and re-solderd the pins. I only had one pin with cracked solder but two others looked thin so I did them while I was in there. It's about a four or five hour project if you have all the tools. (8mm triple square also called an 8mm internal was the hardest to find - Also needed Torx T8 T10 T15 and T30 plus Philips Screw Driver. )
Project is difficult but not too bad for the mechanically inclined. A 7 on a scale of 10.
Since re-soldering pins - no more issues! My guess is that a VW dealer would get $200 for a new moduel plus 5 hours of service time for this gig - easily a $500 to $1000 bill. My cost - several new tools - about $25.00.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
buttons 1234 on the radio with dial in the code (1 for first # 2 for second #, etc...) then if i remember correctly you hit scan or seek and hold it
Posted on Jul 27, 2009
The plastic ignition switch is held in with a philips screw. You will need to remove the ignition lock cylinder to get to it. A easy way to check is to unplug the wires going into the back of the lock housing and plug in the new switch, without removing anything.
Posted on Sep 08, 2009
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