If your windows make a loud noise going up or down, or will go
down but not up, you probably have a bad window regulator. If
the window works partially, the motor is likely fine. In my
case (and many others), the plastic clips on the regulator
In this repair guide, I replace the window regulator on the
passenger side door for power
windows on a two-door MK3 Golf GTI VR6.
||Door panel prior to work. Unscrew
black door lock pull at the top.
||Use the flat blade screwdriver to carefully pry the
cover off of the door pull. Start from underneath
and work it off so no clips break. Unfasten the
connector to the window switch.
||Unscrew the two phillips screws in the door pull.
Remove door pull.
||Pop grill off of speaker. Unscrew
speaker with phillips screwdriver, disconnect and
||Use hex driver to remove the screws from around
the perimeter of the door panel. There are 3 on
the bottom and 2 on either side (7 total) to remove.
||Pull door panel off. The foam and vapor barrier are
now exposed. Remove speaker bracket (3 phillips screws).
Remove the black plate in the upper left with two 10mm
Remove the vapor barrier by unpeeling and cutting around
the door trim pieces (the white plastic clips in the
picture). We'll reuse the vapor barrier.
||I left the door handle on and simply held the vapor
barrier up. Move window up so you can get to the
window regulator carrier's bolts. Unbolt glass.
||With the glass loose, tape it up so that it is out
of the way and won't fall. It's very important to
tape the glass securely! I used electric tape and
put a paper towel over the door to keep it clean.
||Unplug the regulator motor. The connector moves
to the left and down. Unbolt the five bolts that
hold the window regulator in.
||Remove the window regulator. It's a tight space and
takes some wiggling effort. Here are the old and new window
regulators. Use the large torx to unbolt the old motor.
Use the small torx to get the motor off completely. Only
remove the small torx bolts that hold the motor on; they
will be obvious by looking at the holes in the new regulator.
||After you've unbolted the motor, it will look like this.
Place the motor's gear inside the new regulator and bolt
the small torx bolts on.
||Bolt the 5 large torx bolts to hold the motor assembly. This
picture shows the old motor fully mounted on the new regulator.
||Wiggle and curse and you fit the new regulator into the door.
Once it is bolted into the door with the 5 10mm bolts, it
should be pre-aligned so that the glass carriers are showing
through the door. Once the regulator is in, you can untape
the glass and carefully place the glass into the carrier
(as shown in the picture). Tighten the bolt on the two
carriers to secure the glass.
||Reverse your steps. Place the vapor barrier back on.
The old glue is very sticky
and will hold the barrier. Put the black metal bracket back
on. Put the speaker carrier back on. Place the door panel
back on. Tighten the hex bolts around the door panel perimeter.
Put the door pull back on. Put the speaker back in. Put
the trim piece back on the door pull and reattach the
window switch connector. Done!