Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Tailgate lock, grip and lock cylinder - removal, refitting and adjustment
Bodywork and fittings / Tailgate lock, grip and lock cylinder - removal, refitting and adjustment


1 Open the tailgate and unscrew the two lock retaining screws with an Allen key. Withdraw the lock (see illustrations).

11.1a Tailgate lock components
11.1a Tailgate lock components

11.1b Tailgate lock
11.1b Tailgate lock

2 The striker plate can be removed by undoing the two retaining screws.

3 To remove the tailgate grip and lock cylinder, undo the cross-head screws on the outside. Move to the inside and compress the retaining lugs each side of the lock cylinder together then pull free the grip (see illustration).

11.3 Tailgate grip/lock cylinder retaining clip (A) and securing ring (B)
11.3 Tailgate grip/lock cylinder retaining clip (A) and securing ring (B)

Compress lugs (arrowed) in direction indicated

4 Fit the key to the lock cylinder, prise free the retaining clip and withdraw the lock cylinder by pulling on the key.

5 To remove the cylinder housing, prise free the retaining ring and withdraw the housing from the grip.

6 Refitting is a reversal of removal. Before fully tightening the striker, close and open the tailgate two or three times to centralise it.


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