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Changing brake light bulb

Can't find out how to get the old bulb out

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  • carpetinspec Dec 11, 2008

    Shop manual has poor picture and incomplete procedure. It shows bolts inside but no obvious way to reach them.

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I have a 2001 Beetle and changing many of the bulbs are a *****. I have found a very good mechanic who changes most of my exterior lights as some such as the fog lights require it to be lifted up and I'm not comforatble crawling under it when off the ground. I would call around to VW mechanics and see what they would chrage, That's actually how I found my mechanic, head lamps. If you buy the lamps you can also some body shops willing to install them for much leass than a dealership. Hope this helps.

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