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Headlight removal

Discussion in 'Electrics, Lighting, ICE' started by GordyT6, 3 Jan 2017.

  1. GordyT6

    GordyT6 Member T6 Pro

    Hi peeps. Looking at changing my headlight bulbs but you appear to need 15 knuckles to get your fingers in so looking at removing the headlight units. Found the 2 torques screws on top but still won't come out? Is it a grille off job? Ta all
     
  2. RattyMcClelland

    RattyMcClelland Senior Member T6 Guru

    It's a wheel off, arch lining out, bumper off job......


    Seriously. Not worth the effort.
     
  3. GordyT6

    GordyT6 Member T6 Pro

    WHAT !!!!! to do a headlight bulb! How can that be ? If it was the fog lights I'd almost think yer OK. But surely not for just the headlight. Bit of a design boob by VW surely
     
  4. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member Admin Moderator VCDS User

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    There are four screws holding headlight in, bumper and grill need to come off to get at 2 front screws

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  5. superflyguy

    superflyguy Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    I didn't bother in the end, I needed fingers like ET , not like sausages !!
     
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  6. GordyT6

    GordyT6 Member T6 Pro

    Wowza that's extreme. Time to grow some more knuckles then. Lol
     
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  7. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member Admin Moderator VCDS User

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    I have videoed a headlight bulb change with the unit on the floor, will post it up later !
     
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  8. CRD

    CRD Senior Member T6 Guru

    Is it to change the H4 bulbs? If so, the lights do not need to be removed to do this.

    For the driver's side I just removed the top half of the air box to get access, much easier.

    Remove the 2 air flow sensor plugs (they don't just pull off, there is a catch you need to release to allow them to be pulled off)
    Slacken large jubilee clip
    Flip up the couple of catches that attach the top half of the air box to the bottom
    With a bit of jiggling, the top half of the air box will come off. DON'T force it, it is tight but will come out.
    You will then get good access to the bulb cover and lamp.

    For the passenger side it is fiddly but manageable as long as you use a small mirror to see how the bulb location catch comes off, but remember to remove the bulb plug first as it is tight to remove.

    Hope this helps!
     
    Last edited: 3 Jan 2017
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  9. superflyguy

    superflyguy Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    I think @GordyT6 was having problems with the access , as I was to change my H4s.
     
  10. CRD

    CRD Senior Member T6 Guru

    Have edited my reply with a guide on how to do it
     
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  11. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member Admin Moderator VCDS User

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    Doesnt show you how to do it in situ but gives you an idea of the mechanism that you cant see properly when its in place, FWIW it can be done without removing anything else, very fiddly but possible, you dont have to remove sidelight bulb i did it to move wires out of the way for clarity and it simply pulls out

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  12. GordyT6

    GordyT6 Member T6 Pro

    Thanks guys @Pauly @CRD
    Thanks all. I'll have a play at weekend with more light and patience. Lol.
     
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  13. superflyguy

    superflyguy Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    More light, you wish :cry:
     
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  14. CaliStu

    CaliStu Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    @Pauly thanks for making that video. I managed to change the bulbs on both sides today and you really are working blind so watching the video first helped a lot.
     
  15. GordyT6

    GordyT6 Member T6 Pro

    Yer managed to swap bulbs too. When I say me I actually mean my mate with more patience did it. Lol
     
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  16. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member Admin Moderator VCDS User

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    Things are always so much easier 'by proxy' :)
     
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  17. GordyT6

    GordyT6 Member T6 Pro

    Yes. Yes they are
     
  18. NathFlav

    NathFlav Member

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    Anyone done a H4 HID conversion ? If so do I need a canbus HID kit ? Also my passenger bulb is dimmer than drivers side ? Changed the bulb but still the same ?

    Thanks
     
  19. GordyT6

    GordyT6 Member T6 Pro

    If they do a kit then yes you will need a Cambus kit. Can't remember if someone's done one yet ? If your headlights are different I'd have it in at VW. Warranty ?
     
  20. Rik

    Rik New Member

    Does anyone have a better pic of where the retaining clip pivots? I was looking at changing mine for leds and took the bulb out but then the clip came out of its pivot points and I can't see where the hinge points are to put it back in.
     

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