I need to replace the sidelight bulbs on my 2005 A3. The manual says to take it to a dealer but I would like to try it myself. Is it a difficult job? Do you get to the bulbs through the same hatch as the main beam or is there another way? Do they just pull out or is it more complicated? Thanks for any assistance.
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Re: Audi A3 Sidelights
Do you mean the little light on the fender? if so it should pop right out by pushing the lense forward against the spring and then pulling it out. the one in the bumper and the fog light are a bit more dificult, you have to get access to the inside of the bumper by removing the fog light black assembly.
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Need a bit more info about make and model of vehicle. In general there is normally access through the back of the sidelight fitting. There should be a bulb holder insert in the back of the fitting that turns and you can remove. Take the old bulb out and replace, push the insert back into the bulb fitting and twist to secure. Ensure the sidelights are switched off before attempting this , or you may short the contacts and blow a fuse.
check the front light on the same side is working as their is a fuse for either side of the sidelights .failing which i would need a play as this vehicle isnt wired to europeon standard and uses them funny american electrics with a big stop light switch that interferes with the brake light for the indicator so i would need a play to determine the exact cause ,have you checked the bulb holder ??
Hi, are you sure it's the headlights and not the sidelights? If it is the sidelights, check to see that it has the correct stop/tail light bulbs fitted in the rear. If the bulbs have a single instead of twin end connection it will short across to the sidelight circuit when the brake lights are illuminated. If you're not sure just temporarily remove the stop light bulbs or disconnect the multiplugs on the rear lamps and check to see if the fault is still there.
Hope that helps Matt...
hi, i have sorted this problem on my 99 focus ghia.,check both your tail light bulbs.someone put the wrong bulb in and i had the exact same problems you described.the bulb for brake/tail light has two steel connecters and and all other bulbs have one.i put proper bulb in and the problem disappeared.now lights working perfect and sidelights dont come on now when i brake :)change both brake/tail bulbs on each side.1 euro will fix this problem.hope this helps.
It sounds like you may of accidently put one of the bulbs in incorrectly. This can happen very easily with the new style twin element bulbs .
To test this, just have someone put the sidelights on and if I am correct the bulb that is in wrong will either light up alot brighter than the other side or it will not work at all. This is the bulb that needs swapping around.