Category Archives: Mark 5

Volkswagen Golf Middle A-Pillar Trim – Removal and Installation

Applies to Mark V and Mark VI both left and right sides

Remove Volkswagen Golf dash panel end trims

Removing

  • Remove dash panel end trim
  • Pull upper part of trim out from body mount -A-
  • Pull trim upwards from A-pillar lower trim -B-

Installing

  • Install in the reverse order of removal and ensure the trim is positioned in the door seal beading.

Upgrading 2nd generation headunits (RCD 300, RCD 500, MFD2) to 3rd generation headunits (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RNS 510, RCD 510)

Upgrading 2nd generation headunits (as fitted to the Golf Mark V and similar models MY05-MY09) to a 3rd generation headunit has a number of additional requirements depending on the year.

Tools required for the install include

Gateway Upgrade

If installing a RNS 510 with a software version more recent than 1200 or any other 3rd generation head unit the CAN Bus gateway needs to be revision L or greater. The gateway version can be identified by checking with VCDS or physically checking the gateway.

Details on the issue – Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RCD 510) power drain issue

Replacement of the gateway – CAN bus gateway removing, installing and upgrading – Volkswagen Golf

Aerial Upgrade

The 3rd generation head units require both aerial connections to share the same housing, the 2nd generation aerial connections are separate connections. Depending upon the year there are two options available ranging from AUD$10 to AUD$40 to resolve this problem.

Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RNS 510, RCD 510) aerial adapter

Remove the old head unit

Remove the dash vent (or tray on non Climatronic units) by following this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Dash Panel Centre Vents – Removal and Installation

Remove the trim around the head unit using this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Centre Dash Panel Trim – Removal and Installation

Remove the head unit by unscrewing the 4 screws and carefully sliding it out, watch out when the unit is released as it could drop and scratch the climatronic.

Release the cables from the rear of the headunit and put the headunit aside safely.

Install the GPS antenna

Installing GPS antenna inside dash in the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta

CD Changer and Aux In wiring change

CD changer ground

CD changer audio sound quality problems after changing head unit

Auxiliary input ground

Auxiliary input audio sound quality problems after changing head unit

Install the new head unit

Attach the cables to the rear of the head unit, slide the unit back in and secure with the 4 screws removed earlier.

Replace the trim around the head unit using this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Centre Dash Panel Trim – Removal and Installation

Replace the dash vent (or tray on non Climatronic units) by following this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Dash Panel Centre Vents – Removal and Installation

Code the RNS 510

TBC

If you have a factory amplifier you will need to change the units output.

Volkswagen RNS 510 coding when installing with a factory amplifier

Adjusting operation of the RegenLichtSens (Rain Light Sensor)

Adjusting the operation of the RegenLichtSens (RainLightSensor) is possible through Vagcom/VCDS or the VAS tools that Volkswagen dealers use however adjustments do not make a large difference in the operation of the sensor especially where you have the standard green glass.

Using Vagcom/VCDS open controller 9

Select the dropdown box and select option 2

Select config helper (may require version 10 of VCDS)

Light activation threshold can be adjusted here along with Highway light function (see Volkswagen Golf Auto Headlights above 140kph) and Rain Closing (see Volkswagen Golf Auto Rain Closing Windows and Sunroof)

Light sensor correction.

Rain sensor correction.

Volkswagen Golf, GTI, Passat, Jetta, EOS, Rabbit and Tiguan Air Conditioner Compressor Failure

Air conditioner does not work, noises from engine compartment

Volkswagen Technical Product Information # 2023580/1
Repair Operation # 87 34 01 99
Release Date: 29-Jun-2010

Problem

Air conditioning does not work.

Noises from the engine compartment.

Background

Pulley bolt works it’s way free from compressor shaft creating noise and eventually failure of the compressor.

Only Delphi Compressors are affected, optimised Delphi compressors fitted from August 2008.

The refrigerant circuit does not need to be flushed as the damage to the compressor is external.

Diagnosis

Check the connection between the pulley and the compressor shaft while they are fitted:

  • The cooling performance check shows no pressure increase, although the refrigerant circuit is correctly filled and the control valve current is about 0.8A.
  • The mounting bolt of the pulley has visibly wandered out of the compressor shaft (see photo above).
  • The pulley turns without transmitting power, because the teeth of the pulley are worn.

Repair

Replace the compressor.

Models affected

137 –
1F7 – EOS
1K1 – Golf V
1K2 – Jetta III
357 – Passat CC
3C – Passat / Passat Wagon
5K1 – Golf VI
5M1 – Golf V Plus
5N1 – Tiguan

Installing a GPS aerial inside the dash of the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta

When retrofitting a satellite navigation head unit to the car you can either install the factory GPS antenna on the roof which is a fairly large job or install the GPS aerial (antenna) in the area above the head unit where it receives a good view of the sky and minimal interference.

Remove the dash vent (or tray on non Climatronic units) by following this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Dash Panel Centre Vents – Removal and Installation

If you need to remove the head unit remove the trim around the head unit using this guide.

Volkswagen Golf Centre Dash Panel Trim – Removal and Installation

Remove the head unit by unscrewing the 4 screws and carefully sliding it out, watch out when the unit is released as it could drop and scratch the climatronic.

Using double sided tape stick the GPS aerial in the location shown and press down, wedge some foam on top and tape the GPS wires down to prevent them interfering with the diffuser vent (for cars fitted with climatronic). The photos show two GPS aerials installed side by side and there is room for two more.

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Rear seat noise (rattling, clicking and squeaking) in Volkswagen Golf

A common source of noise (rattling, clicking and squeaking) is the rear seat latches, when the seats move the lock mechanism moves around on the latch and makes a noise. You could try tapping them with a hammer from above to bend the latch slightly downwards but this doesn’t seem to fix the problem in most cases.

To test to see if it is the latches making the noise drive around with the seats lowered. If it is the latches the simplest fix is to wrap some electrical tape around the latch where the lock contacts it to stop the movement and remove the metal on metal noises. The fix should last for around 50 operations of the rear seats before you have to reapply the tape and only takes a few minutes and a roll of electrical tape (3M Temflex 1610 was used but any quality brand is ok, avoid cheap brands) in any colour except for body colour or black as you won’t be able to see if parts of the tape are stuck in the mechanism or if the tape requires replacing.

  1. Lower the rear seats
  2. Clean the latch with a suitable cleaner (99.7% Isopropyl alcohol or similar is suitable)
  3. Wrap 14cms of 3M Temflex 1610 electrical tape (or equivalent) which will give you six full wraps.
  4. Close the rear seat

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(the latches after cleaning, you can see where the lock mechanism has been contacting on the first photo)

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(the latches after applying the tape, this is the area in which the lock mechanism contacts the latch)

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(this is the tape after many uses, it should be replaced before it looks like this – I had started to peel it back prior to the photos)

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(check the lock mechanism for any large stray pieces of tape that might cause problems with the operation)

Sanden PXE16 Air Conditioner Compressor Specifications (1K0820803)

sanden_pxe16_air_conditioner_compressor_volkswagen_golf_1k0820803_001Sanden’s PX series next generation swash plate compressors are variable controlled for maximum environmental benefit, these compressors replace the Zelex and Valeo compressors that are prone to early failures – Volkswagen Golf, GTI, Passat, Jetta and Eos Air Conditioner Compressor Failure.

The PXE16 has a minimum displacement of 4.9cc, a maximum displacement of 163cc,  maximum speed of 8500RPM and 7 pistons. The displacement control is external and varies the compressor displacement without the use of an electromagnetic clutch. The unit runs all the time and varies output from 2% through to 100% as required.

Refrigerant used is R-134A and the oil used is SP-10.

View a video of the operation of the PXE compressor here (Internet Explorer required)

Fitting GTI stainless steel seat inserts to the Volkswagen Golf GTI

volkswagen_golf_gti_seat_inserts_stainless_steel_010Volksagen Golf GTI stainless steel seat inserts are available on ebay for around USD$25 for a set of two (search for “gti insert” or similar).

Fitting is easy, twist them slightly to make them sit flush in the handle, clean out the insert position in the handle with a suitable cleaner and apply some clear silicone (sparingly) to the rear of the badge.

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