Shop Shots Volume 33 Insider Pictures of Automotive Service

Volkswagen radio button pealing

Hey folks! Wednesday is here and you know what that means. It’s Shop Shots day! As always, these are your behind the scenes pictures of Volkswagen service. Also, make sure you read the entire post. I have something special at the end 😉

Volkswagen radio button pealingIf you own a 2005-2008 or so VW, then this will look really familiar. This is a radio from a 2006 VW Jetta with the radio buttons peeling. The black “soft touch” has peeled off, it almost looks like it melted. This happened on some of the switches in the car too. My thought was that chemicals we put on our hands, lotions, and anti-bacterial, accelerated the wear on the buttons.

The buttons are not replaceable individually. I have heard of companies that can replace the face of the radio so you could keep the stock look. Like with any factory radio issues. I think you are better getting a good aftermarket radio. You will get more features at a better price.

Strange Volkswagen PartsI was walking through the parking lot one day last week and walked past this little part bag. I happen to read it while walking by. It took a second for my brain to catch up and realize that the description was something weird. I had to walk back and pick it up. DRUCKTASTE, what the heck does that mean? Since I do not know German, it was Google Translate to the rescue.

It turns out that DRUCKTASTE means PUSHBOTTON. This was a package for a trunk release button. In all the years I have worked for VW, and all the push buttons I have replaced. I never noticed what the package said. That is your German lesson for today.

Smashed VW Transmission PanI feel like I post a lot of smashed VW engine oil and transmission pans. This pan is from a 2007 or so Beetle. If you look at the lower left part of the picture, you can see some grass smashed up into the sub frame. This car had ran off the road. The good thing for the customer is they didn’t break the pan. It smashed it, but there is no fluid leaking.

The thing to be concerned about is the damage to parts behind the pan. There are electronics that live on the other side of that pan. Any impact can destroy them. That makes for a very unhappy transmission. I am surprised there is not a fluid leak.

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23 replies
  1. Rudy
    Rudy says:

    Hey Humble. Great Shop Shots! I always look forward to my Wednesday mornings to look at the images. 🙂

    I wanted to ask you about the peeling buttons. I have read on numerous blogs that a lot of people had peeling issues with their radio and window buttons in their VW’s. Was this isolated to 2005-2008 or are you seeing this with newer models as well?

  2. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    They changed the buttons from soft touch to a hard plastic in 2008. Haven’t had one peel since. Even the replacement radios came with plastic silver buttons instead of soft touch in the 2006-2008 models. Much better now.

  3. Frank
    Frank says:

    Whoah I have never seen buttons do that, but then most of my cars are geriatrics. So can you get replacement buttons as a set from VW or is it better to just swap out the whole radio?

    The best VW button they ever created is the FUNK one, in German cars 🙂

  4. R.C.
    R.C. says:

    the oil pan issue is a big one mostly with lowered cars. its why we created our skid plate pans we were sick of worrying on our own and customers cars. we use older style pans mk3 as our base factory parts which get reinforced with 1/8 in galvanized steel so you retain stock pan profile and oil pickup but gain some added security. I have a customer with a 2006 jetta same problem with a few of the buttons not quite this bad though.

    • Charles
      Charles says:

      I love the idea of the 1/8in pan! Sadly we see this all the time on stock height cars. Most folks that lower their car are more aware of the height of the car.

      People that are your average car drive have no idea how low their car is. We are forever seeing scraped up pans, busted belly pans, and front lip spoilers torn off. I have even scraped the front of my Passat a few times.

  5. Randall Lamp
    Randall Lamp says:

    Regarding the buttons, most people not knowing about the soft touch paint, make the mistake of using ArmorAll when they clean their VWs. When I bought my pre-owned Jetta, I noticed that the paint on my window buttons had a liquified look to it. I figured that the driver must have used hand lotion quite often. But the good part was, that the dealership replaced the head unit, and the window buttons, which were covered by the Certified Pre-Owned warranty.


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