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How to Replace Interior Door Handle Cable 10-14 Volkswagen GTI

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How to Replace Interior Door Handle Cable 10-14 Volkswagen GTI

Created on: 2018-05-15

How to remove, install, or replace a broken, snapped, rusted, or jammed door latch cable on 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 VW GTI

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry out the door pull trim with a trim tool
    • Remove the two T30 fasteners
    • Remove the T30 fastener from the door panel
    • Remove the sail panel
    • Pry out the door panel
    • Disconnect the cable from the door handle
    • Disconnect the wiring harness
  2. step 2 :Removing the Door Latch
    • Unplug the door latch wiring connector
    • Unclip the wiring harness from the retainer
    • Pry off the door latch access panel with a trim tool
    • Unclip the latch cable from the access panel
    • Plug in the window switch electrical connector
    • Turn the key to the on position
    • Raise the window as necessary
    • Turn the key to the off position
    • Unplug the window switch electrical connector
    • Fish the latch cable out through the door
    • Pry off the door lock cover with your key
    • Pry the bolt covers out of the door with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Put the key in the lock
    • Remove the T20 bolts from the door
    • Pull the lock cylinder out of the door with the key
    • Remove the two triple square M6 bolts from the latch
    • Remove the latch from the door
    • Pry the exterior latch cable out of the latch with a flat blade screwdriver
  3. step 3 :Removing the Interior Latch Cable
    • Twist the latch cable out of its retainer
    • Unclip the cable from the latch
  4. step 4 :Installing the Interior Latch Cable
    • Clip the cable into the latch
    • Twist the cable into its retainer
  5. step 5 :Installing the Door Latch
    • Clip the exterior latch cable onto the latch
    • Line up the latch inside the door
    • Install the two M6 bolts into the latch
    • Push the lock cylinder into the door with the key in it
    • Install the two T20 bolts into the lock cylinder
    • Push the bolt covers onto the door
    • Push the cover onto the lock cylinder
    • Fish the latch cable through the door
    • Clip the latch cable onto the door latch access panel
    • Clip the panel onto the door
    • Clip the door latch wiring harness onto its retainer
    • Plug in the door latch electrical connector
  6. step 6 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Connect the wiring harness
    • Connect the cable to the door handle
    • Press the door panel on
    • Press the sail panel on
    • Tighten the T30 fastener to the door panel
    • Tighten the two T30 fasteners
    • Press the door pull trim on

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Magnet - Extendable


  • Ratchets & Related

    Torque Wrench


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Triple Square M6 Bit

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T20 Driver

    T30 Bit

Installation Video
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Hi. I'm Mike from 1AAuto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

In this video, we are removing and reinstalling the inside door handle latch cable in a 2010 Volkswagen GTI. If you need any parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

We're going to take this trim piece off. I'm going to grab a flat blade plastic trim tool. We sell these at I'm just going to get underneath here and pry up. There we go. Then it slides forward. If any of the clips fall out, you can just push them back down. This one's going to be tightened a little bit. Just squish it with our fingers, push down.

Next we have these two fasteners we have to take out. They're a T30. We're going to use a driver because it's easier to get in there than a socket. Loosen them up all the way and I'm going to use the little magnet, be able to pull them out. There's another fastener under here. It's a T30 also. I'm going to take that out. Next we're going to pry this trim out. Pull it back. Pull it up. You can leave that right like that for right now.

Next we're going to take a trim tool. Pull out the door panel. There we go. We're going to pull up on the door panel. Pull out. Then this piece right here. You're going to pull on this little lever, just going to pull it right out. Then we're going to pull the two connections out, push down on the tab and it comes out. There's another one right here, push down on this connector and that tab and we're going to pull this connector out.

There's a tab right here. Push down on that tab and pull it out. Get the little pick in here and pull up on that, pulls right out.

We're going to take this wiring connector off. This goes to the door latch. Push that little tab down, it comes out, and then pull it off of that retainer. Take this off, with just a plastic trim tool. Go all the way around. I’m just going to pull it out slightly and then, in behind here, there's going to be a cable. We want to push down on the cable, and pull it out.

Reconnect your switch if you have to put your window up. Shut your key off. Disconnect it.

We're going to fish this cable through. We want to push on this little grommet here and pull it out.

So, we need to pull this cover off. Pull the handle out, take your key, just slide it in this slot, pull up. This cover will pull right off. Take a flat blade tool and go in behind here. We'll pull this little rubber boot off. Pull this. This is a little sticker. Pull that off. Take this T20 bolt out. I'm going to put the key in first so that I can twist it just slightly. I'm going to take my T20, put it in here, and I'm not going to unscrew it all the way, but I'm going to keep pressure, pulling, while I'm loosening, because eventually this will come out. There we go.

With a triple-square M6, we're going to take these two bolts out. I'm going to reach in and grab onto the latch while I take this last bolt out. This part is stuck where the connector is. It's like it's glued on there. There we go.

To take this piece out, this cable that attaches to the outer door handle, we're going to pry up with a flat blade tool just a little bit so you don't break it, and then we're going to twist. It twists up and then you can pull it out. Twist this to the side and it pulls right out.

To take the interior door latch cable off, we're going to take this, and we're just going to twist it like that. It slides out, and comes right up.

To install the inner door latch cable into the door latch, insert that there. Then this piece is going to go like this, and you're just going to twist.

To install this cable, we're going to slide this piece into here and then twist. Slide that like that and lock it in like that. Install the bolts. Tighten those down. Alright, we'll insert this here. We had this slightly turned when we took it out. We're just going to turn it slightly to push it in. There it is. Tighten down this lock with a T20. Slide this bolt. Snug it up. Install the sticker and little rubber cap.

Install this cover, slide it on the top, put a little pressure and push down. Push this inner door latch cable through this hole. Pull this little tab thing while pushing on the backside. To install this cover, we're going to have to slide the cable in in the backside first. Once the cable's in, then you can push it in just like so. Install this wiring harness to this clip. This goes to your door latch.

If any of these are on here when you go to put your door panel back on, you're going to want to take them off to install them to the door panel side. Like that. Install these. I'm going to, in that slot, just push it over. Connect the door lock connector. Connect the window switch connector. The mirror switch connector. Just slide it in and then this theft deterrent connector, plug that in.

To put this inner door latch cable on we're going to line this up on the front side and push down. You're going to push down until it locks in. You want to double check, make sure it works. We'll give it a try and it works. I'm going to slide the top part of the door panel into the window channel. It's all in. I'm going to line up these clips. Below we're going to install our T30 and these two go in right near the arm handle. It goes in there. Take this trim piece and I'm going to slide those two right in the grooves and line it up.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Magnet - Extendable
  • Pick

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Triple Square M6 Bit
  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver
  • T30 Bit

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