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How to Change the Door Lock on a VW Golf MK5

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If you’re looking to change the door lock on your VW Golf MK5, look no further. This guide will show you how to do it in just a few simple steps.


When changing the door lock on a VW Golf MK5, it is important to properly prepare to ensure the job is done safely and on time. You will need to gather the necessary tools and materials such as a new door lock, screwdrivers, wrenches, and screws. Additionally, you may need to disassemble parts of the car’s interior or exterior to access the door lock. So, before tackling this project, it is important to review the scope of work and make sure you have everything you need.

Gather the necessary tools

Before beginning the process of changing the door lock on a VW Golf MK5, it is important to gather all of the tools needed for the job. Although an exact list may vary depending on the situation, most changes will require a Phillips head screwdriver, flat head screwdriver, knife or blade, wrench or socket set and possibly other small items. Be sure to have these items handy before proceeding.

It is also a good idea to have extra parts on hand in case any are missing or malfunction during installation. The type of lock purchased and accompanying manufacturer’s instructions should list all of the parts necessary for installation and spare parts that may be needed. Having these items available and on hand will ensure successful completion of the task at hand.

Ensure the door is unlocked

Before attempting to remove the door lock on a VW Golf MK5, it is important to make sure that the door is unlocked. To do this, take out your key and insert it into the lock cylinder. Turn the key in both directions until it stops and then try to open the door. If nothing happens and you can’t open the door, then you will need to unlock it using another key.

Once you have ensured that the door is unlocked, you will be able to move on to removing and replacing the lock. Make sure that all of your materials are prepared before starting – a Phillips head screwdriver, replacement screws, and a new lock cylinder for your VW Golf MK5.

Removing the Old Lock

Changing the door lock on your Volkswagen Golf MK5 is a straightforward procedure, but it will require some time and patience. The first step is to remove the old lock from the door. This can be done by removing the screws on the inside of the door and then sliding the lock out of the door. If the lock is stuck, you may need to use a pry bar to help remove it. Once the old lock has been removed, you can start the process of installing a new one.

Remove the door panel

Once you have the new door lock ready to install, you can begin removing the old one. Start by prying off the interior door panel so that you can access the inside of the lock mechanism. Take care not to damage the door panel as this will require more time-consuming repair work.

Using a flat screwdriver or trim removal tool, carefully pry away at any plastic clips or screws holding the door panel onto the door frame. Check for wires attached to switches for power windows, power locks and convenience lights, then unplug them from their attached plugs and remove from behind the panel. Once all fasteners are removed, gently lift away and set aside until re-installation.

Now that you have access to the backside of an old lock mechanism, start by removing any mounting screws that secure it in place. Once all of these have been removed and set aside with their corresponding mounting hardware, carefully slide out and discard your old door lock assembly.

Remove the old lock

Once you have acquired the new part, it is time to remove the old lock. To do this, begin by opening the door and turning on the interior light to give yourself plenty of room to work.

The first step is to locate the small metal latch that holds the latch assembly in place. It is located at the top of the inside of the door just above where you would insert your ignition key. Using an appropriately sized screwdriver, unscrew this latch counterclockwise until it can be removed completely.

Once that’s done, find and remove two or three Phillips head screws located on either side of this same area (depending on your make/model). You may need to gently pull outward in order to gain access to one or more of them. Once all screws have been removed, carefully lift out the latch assembly. Have a rag handy for catches any debris/dust that can fall out when doing so.

Take note of how each part is positioned during removal as you will need these parts during installation later on. Separate all cables from its housing before disposing of it in an appropriate manner according to local regulations.

Installing the New Lock

Installing the new lock on your VW Golf MK5 is a relatively straightforward process. You will need to remove the door panel, disconnect the old lock, and install the new one. Before you start, make sure you have the right tools and supplies for the job. With the right steps, you can complete the installation in just a few minutes.

Install the new lock

Installing a new door lock on a Volkswagen Golf MK5 is a relatively simple process. Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary tools. You’ll need a flathead screwdriver, Phillips-head screwdriver and some penetrating oil (if necessary).

First, open the door to access the lock assembly. Insert the flathead screwdriver into one of the two small slots in the middle of the door grip on the inside of the car. Pry to remove both parts of this grip on either side of the handle. Be careful not to break it as these clips will be reused when reassembling your VW.

Once you have access to the rear side of your lock, use your Phillips head screwdriver to remove all four visible screws from around your old lock assembly. Push down slightly and turn counterclockwise if needed with penetrating oil until it is unscrewed completely from its housing and ready for removal from your vehicle’s interior (Make sure all screws are removed).

Open up your new lock assembly, remove any excess material or plastic wrapping it came with and attach new screws provided in packaging to their corresponding locations on each side – tightening them into place accordingly using your Phillips head screwdriver once more. Place back into casing carefully and place both pieces together firmly so they seat correctly then reattach original two clips located at either side of handle gently pushing them back into place until they are securely in position and flush against outside of car’s exterior frame – job done!

Connect the wiring harness

Once the new lock is firmly secured in the door and all other parts are properly installed, you can move on to connecting the wiring harness. There will be two colored wires attached to one part of the harness and only one wire connected to the other. Depending on your model, you may have a red and a black wire or yellow and black wires; however, some models may vary. At this point it is important to connect each colored wire correctly as not doing so could result in damage to your car or worse yet, injury.

For a VW Golf MK5 with yellow and black wires connected to parts of the wiring harness, you need to locate the Vacuum Lock housing located near the door’s inside handle. You will see two slots located on each end of the housing. Push each wire into its assigned slot until it locks into place; yellow should be inserted into its slot first followed by black into its slot second. Your new lock should now be ready for testing!

Final Steps

Now that the door panel has been removed, the last steps in changing the door lock will involve actually swapping out the parts. This part of the process requires a certain level of finesse and attention to details, as you will need to make sure all the pieces are reassembled correctly. Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary tools and supplies, then follow the instructions below to complete the job.

Re-attach the door panel

Once you have dismissed the lock, you may begin to re-attach the door panel back to the door. Start by attaching the bottom clips that secure the panel, and then work your way up. You will notice a number of screws or bolts located along the edge of the panel-these should all be re-fastened before continuing. Afterwards, secure any plastic rivets that were holding the panel in place, and replace any panels or trim pieces that you removed during your disassembly process. Once those steps are complete, it is recommended that you close and open the door multiple times to ensure its movement is still smooth and free from obstruction.

Test the new lock

Now that the new lock has been successfully installed, it’s time to make sure that it is functioning properly. To do this, insert and remove the key several times to Cut the Key and make sure that the accessory switch is engaging properly. Depending on your specific model of VW Golf MK5, you may also want to try locking and unlocking the door with the remote key fob if your car is equipped with one.

Additionally, you can check if all of the electrical connections are working by performing a quick visual inspection. Make sure all of the pins are securely in place and there isn’t any frayed wiring or exposed components. If everything appears to be functioning correctly, you can now close up the door panel and reattach any screws or trim pieces removed during installation.

At this point, you should be able to move on to other vehicle maintenance tasks or enjoy a worry-free ride knowing that your doors are secure and your car is safe once again, thanks to having Cut the Key!

Check for any remaining issues

Before closing the job, check for any remaining issues. This includes ensuring that all parts are properly connected and secured, as well as verifying that the key operates the lock correctly. Pay close attention to any resistance while wiggling the lock in various directions whilst applying pressure, as this could indicate a loose or malfunctioning part. Check to make sure that all doors unlock and lock evenly and at the same time when using the key. Finally, confirm that no tools have been left inside before closing up your work.

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