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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:14 am 
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So as stated in another post. I'm trying to remove the combo switch from my gti.
Removed steering wheel, removed 4 screws holding it in place so it's now loose.
But I can't figure out how to disconnect the wires!
Looking behind it they all seem to be soldered to the back of the switch.
Squeezing the rubber sleeve covering the wires I can't feel a connector which I was expecting to find.

Am I missing something :huh:
Thanks guys.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:16 am 
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Are you working on one of these:

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I put up a thread with some small combination switch repairs here:

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=50571&start=25

You might check the June, 2011 posts and see if that helps.
Depending on what you are doing, you might not have to remove the wiring under the dash at the plug.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:58 am 
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Thanks pacapo,

Yes that's what I'm working on.
The reason I'm trying to remove it is because the hazard lights aren't working properly and I want to investigate the orange button.

So it seems like there is a connector under the dash somewhere? Is the plastic plug in the pic you've posted the other end of the cables coming of the combo switch? Or in other words does the cable/wires go out of the photo and back in?

On a side note, it's interesting that the stalks seemed to be reversed on your car. On my RHD car the lights are on the right and wipers on the left.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:14 pm 
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Those two plugs may indeed come out on the far end and plug in underneath.
Or like you said, the wires loop out and back into the picture.
So you'd have to unplug both of those to get the wiring harness out.


Here's the back side of the hazard button, as best as I can remember:

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Of course, that is for a LHD.
Yours may have an issue on the other side.

I made a note but forgot to add it to the thread, I guess.
Here it is:

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Thanks for telling me.
I had no idea the lights were on the right and the wiper was on the left.

No matter if your headlight switch is the problem or not, you will find it pretty easy to remove the whole combination switch if you realize it is only two plugs up under the dash.

Make sure to post pictures of your progress.
A picture of a burned electrical part may not mean much to you now, but imagine 6 years from now someone may ask a question and you might not remember how you fixed it!

I had totally forgotten the repairs that I made in 2009 and which are still holding well.
The pictures helped me remember exactly what had been done.
A replacement switch was sourced eventually from a junkyard car locally as these switches seem to be one of the 'weak links' of our cars.

Somewhere in my public Photobucket account, you might find a picture of the spare combination switch-probably in my 'Storage Boxes' files.

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