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    Ignition Push to Start Button

    The button has been reluctant to work on the first push as it used to and the other day I thought it was not going to work at all so some investigation was called for. I did a search and a Skoda owner had kindly been there before me and posted a video on how it needs to be pulled apart and the contacts cleaned. This is just a heads up if you have the same problem and mine is working fine now after an overhaul today.

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    do you have a link to the video?
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    Ignition Push to Start Button

    Good to hear you were able to revive the switch by cleaning the terminals - I hope it works long term. My start/stop switch was playing up also (2015 Golf GTI - was having to push the button 2-3 times to turn on/off the engine) and I bought a new one (VW Central sells them, they are $140). Works perfectly now.

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    I've run into this problem also with the car 1 year out of warranty VW customer care said that they may only provide part goodwill.

    So I think I'll try cleaning the switch first with alcohol/cotton bud and see if that fixes it. Disassembly/cleaning to happen on the weekend...

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    We had ours replaced by the dealer about 6 months out of warranty, parts and labour

    I think it depends on how hard the dealer pushes and your relationship with them

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    Whilst this option might not suit everyone, there's also the option of purchasing a genuine VW part for Chinese-market VWs via aliexpress.

    I haven't tried these switches so I can't vouch for them, however I've purchased interior parts from this seller to replace scratched piano-black trim bits in my car and the parts that I received were all genuine, with correct markings and packing labelled "FAW Volkswagen". Caveat emptor and all that jazz

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    For VW Golf 7 GTI R START ENGINE STOP button switch 5GG 959 839|Car Switches & Relays| - AliExpress

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    Quote Originally Posted by petemac110 View Post
    Whilst this option might not suit everyone, there's also the option of purchasing a genuine VW part for Chinese-market VWs via aliexpress.

    I haven't tried these switches so I can't vouch for them, however I've purchased interior parts from this seller to replace scratched piano-black trim bits in my car and the parts that I received were all genuine, with correct markings and packing labelled "FAW Volkswagen". Caveat emptor and all that jazz

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    For VW Golf 7 GTI R START ENGINE STOP button switch 5GG 959 839|Car Switches & Relays| - AliExpress
    I know a few people have bought the AliExpress buttons. The only issue is that they are for RHD Tiguan and when installed the STOP/START lettering is upside down

    It still works like it should just looks a bit odd.

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    I pulled my switch out today and cleaned the contacts. Works 100% now.

    Here's a quick guide:

    1) Remove the gear lever trim by using a trim tool. Start at the top as there's clips at the base.

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    2) Undo 2 x T20 Torx

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    3) Remove surrounding trim

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    4) Disconnect start/stop wiring. You'll need to insert a small screw driver to disengage the locking tab. Next pull out the silver spring clips. Careful as they'll spring out and go where you don't want them to.

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    5) There's 4 little clips that need to get disengaged to open up the button. One is hiding under the sticker:

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    6) Get a cotton tip and some isopropyl alcohol to clean the contacts. Reverse the process to put everything back together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigger73 View Post
    I know a few people have bought the AliExpress buttons. The only issue is that they are for RHD Tiguan and when installed the STOP/START lettering is upside down

    It still works like it should just looks a bit odd.
    Oh, I wasn’t aware of that issue! Thanks for the heads-up!

    Nicely done regarding the switch cleaning too!

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