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I am sure this a real simple question (and I know my way around motors a little bit)! Is it possible to change the side light bulbs 'oneself'? Reading the VW handbook they don't recommend it, however at £40+ pounds a time (second one has just gone) its getting expensive. Okay its more like I hate paying for something I can do myself!:011:
 

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Bump!

anybody know a link to tips about replacing the side light bulbs??

had a fiddle around the back of the light unit and couldnt really see what to do? (it was dusk in my defence so couldnt really see!)

Any help is great as Im driving with one sidelight and its looks like I dont look after my car - which really bugs the hell out of me.

Cheers
 

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No idea, my local VW specialist does it for me for free, but I've just noticed my 3rd bulb has just gone in 12 months!
 
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You'll need a torx screwdriver, to loosen the two torx screws that secure the top of the headlight. This will let you tilt it forward to give you more room.

Remove the battery cover (there are two clips, one on each side). This gives you more room.

Unclip the cover from the back of the headlight unit and slide it towards the wing and down. Get hold of the wires that connect to the sidelight bulb (make sure you get the right ones!). Gently pull the wires - the bulb holder is very well secured to this, so don't worry about breaking it - just be gentle.

Replace the bulb and then get hold of the wire just behind the bulb holder. Push the bulb holder back into the back of the light unit (you have to do it by feel).

Put everything back how you found it. Then you're done.

This really is a 2 minute job - credit goes to Mook of Tyresmoke

Hope this helps :151:
 

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You'll need a torx screwdriver, to loosen the two torx screws that secure the top of the headlight. This will let you tilt it forward to give you more room.

Remove the battery cover (there are two clips, one on each side). This gives you more room.

Unclip the cover from the back of the headlight unit and slide it towards the wing and down. Get hold of the wires that connect to the sidelight bulb (make sure you get the right ones!). Gently pull the wires - the bulb holder is very well secured to this, so don't worry about breaking it - just be gentle.

Replace the bulb and then get hold of the wire just behind the bulb holder. Push the bulb holder back into the back of the light unit (you have to do it by feel).

Put everything back how you found it. Then you're done.

This really is a 2 minute job - credit goes to Mook of Tyresmoke

Hope this helps :151:
nice explanation, homer... £40! thats unreal! :stoned:
 

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personally i take off the whole front bumper witch is only a ten minute job and do it that way.less chance off braking or snapping bits off.it aint as hard as it looks.

i change both my bulbs at the same time to save me having to do it again so soon!!:beer:
 

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Cushty - cheers khutula.

I will try that tomorrow then - if that fails, which I'm sure it wont, then off comes the bumper, How stupid is that for a design!!! I might just go and punch a German to make myself feel a little better about a ball ache of tiny job!

Cheers again!
 

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As Tonys explanation , but i also use long nosed pliers as i have big hands :embarassed:

(No i'm not bragging lol )
 

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Cushty - cheers khutula.

I will try that tomorrow then - if that fails, which I'm sure it wont, then off comes the bumper, How stupid is that for a design!!! I might just go and punch a German to make myself feel a little better about a ball ache of tiny job!

Cheers again!
Talking of stupid design...my MkV came with condensation in the 3rd brake light. To take the light off the spoiler has to come off, which means cutting it off as it's sealed on. So, cut off the spoiler, take the light out, put a new one in, seal the spoiler back onto the car. Duh.
 

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Minty said:
How stupid is that for a design!!! I might just go and punch a German to make myself feel a little better about a ball ache of tiny job!
:congrats: This sentence has made my day!
 

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Nice one mate, I am still struggling to get over the fact that my local dealer wanted to charge £160 to put a set of bulbs in!
There all top guys down there and certainly know there stuff but apparantly to remove the bumper is the VW reccomended way to do it....insane!
 

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I find it depends on the size of your hand, plus i used a long screw driver just to pop the the bulb holder out, for some reason its alot easier when you refit them....

If your doing the job i would order the Led side light bulbs, and the Led number plate ones, i got mine from Ace parts, i got them in a couple of days the number plate ones are 36mm Leds.

They look great at night and day.
 

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Just wanna say thanks Disco for your handy instructions to change sidelight bulbs, 1 of mine went so lifted the bonnett & had a peek & thought bugger!!!
Had a wee search on here only to find that I was'nt the only one...lol So cheers mate!
 

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andyr32 said:
personally i take off the whole front bumper witch is only a ten minute job and do it that way.less chance off braking or snapping bits off.it aint as hard as it looks.

i change both my bulbs at the same time to save me having to do it again so soon!!:beer:
That's the best way especially if you want your lights to last :top:

The other thing to bear in mind is that each headlight is held in place with 4 screws (two on top and two bottom of headlight) so just removing the top two and pulling the headlight forward to access the sidelight connector will cause damage to the bottom section resulting in headlight wobble or replacement.
 
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