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Parking brake/auto hold switch change

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#1 martin59



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Posted 04 November 2016 - 11:51 AM

Hi. Has anyone changed a parking brake switch? I have a customer that has spill a soft drink over it & although it functions, it brings up fault codes. I have a new switch & have found two screws in the cup holder area, but can't see any other & nothing is budging! There doesn't appear to be any clips on the new switch, but possibly two screws up from the bottom, if only I could get in there... Thanks.

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 02:14 PM

Not a job I've had to do and I have a Mk5 but I do have the VW Elsawin Workshop Manuals


Here is an extract for the Mk4 which may help


[attachment=22842:N46-0169 Mk4 Handbrake Lever.png]


1 -  Handbrake lever q Before removing take out centre console 2 -  Retaining clip 3 -  Handbrake lever trim q Pull off forwards q Lever up release tab in rear lower area of handle with a screwdriver q For versions in leather; the leather is marked at this point and must be pierced here 4 -  Hexagon nut, 25 Nm 5 -  Adapter q For vehicles with centre armrest 6 -  Pull rod 7 -  Compensator 8 -  Adjusting nut q Adjusting handbrake: q Vehicles with disc brakes/front wheel drive ⇒ Page → Chapter q Vehicles with disc brakes/four wheel drive ⇒ Page → Chapter q Vehicles with drum brakes → Chapter 9 -  Pivot pin q Mounts pull rod → Item in handbrake 10 -  Handbrake cables q Removing and installing (disc brakes/front wheel drive) ⇒ Page → Chapter q Removing and installing (disc brakes/four-wheel drive) ⇒ Page → Chapter q Removing and installing (drum brakes) → Chapter 11 -  Handbrake warning switch

Item 11 is the switch.


Unfortunately it does appear that you need to remove the console or at least the rear part for access. If necessary I can post the notes for that if you want


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