Question about Volkswagen Cars & Trucks
Right head lights bulbs are new, but still do not turn on. Right hand turn signal flashes faster than usual.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
ljohnston: I reviewed all the technical service bulletins for the two Jetta turbo diesel's offered for that year and neither had listed any problems answering your description. I can offer you some suggestions as to where to start looking based on past experience in general on many makes and model cars I have worked on.
1st, check the charging system to make sure it is not over charging. Excessive voltage will burn the bulbs out fairly fast.
2nd. German cars were especially bad about ground problems. Most German cars including yours, use BROWN wires for the ground circuits.Additionally the actual tailight fixtures in which the bulbs fit in on may of the German cars we pretty poorly designed leading to connection problems. People sometimes thinking a bulb was out would replace it and even though the replacement bulb worked, it was actually the act of moving the fixture that made the light bulb work. Problem being bad grounds. Some of the grounds even lead to the connections getting hot and in certain situations actually melted the fixtures..
To clean the connections, you can get steel wool, fine sand paper or scotch brite. Scuff the mating surfaces and reconnect them.
As for the main ground connections I would look at, here are their locations: Under the battery tray, the main ground cable. Keep in mind, thee alternator looks at the demand from the electrical system and the state of charge the battery is in. Electricity doesn't travel through the wires, it travels around the outer surfaces of the wire! Corrosion on cables take place on the outsides of wires. Do the math. If the alternator has poor connections or a floating ground, you can get voltage spikes which could potentially blow bulbs and other components.
you have a few grounds located near and on the the fire wall. One is located on the left apron jest behind the shock tower. You have a ground inside the car down near the left lower pillar just near the front door opening. Inside the trunk, look to the left of the left trunk hinge on the inner structure. There are other grounds in the system, but these would be the primary ones I woulc be going after based on the references I have. Another thing which is food for thought: There are bulbs being sold which are "CHEAPLY" made in China and other Asian countries. There are good quality ones made by the Japanese, Germans, other European countries and the good "OLE" USA!
BUY QUALITY! The cheap ones are quite prone to vibration failure and also have much shorter life spans.
I hope I might have helped some in your quest to solve your problem. Let me know hope you make out. If you need more input, I'll be happy to give you more.
Posted on Apr 09, 2009
there is a socket on the back side and a retainer clip.do not touch the bulb,just the base plastic.the oil from your skin will heat up eventually and shatter the glass.
Posted on May 16, 2009
i would imagine that the bulbs would fit directly into the original harness for the original headlamp bulbs. wear rubber gloves while handling them and open the hood look for the back of the origional headlamps and once found turn them either clockwise or counterclockwise which ever allows movement and once turned as far as they can go pull towards the rear of the car. you should see the old bulb and be able to wiggle it out or pull away the plastic clamps holding the bulb in once removed insert the new bulbs in the place of the old ones and replace them the same way they were taken out.
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
SOURCE: Replace headlight bulb
actually according to saturn you must remove the front bumper to remove the headlight to be able to replace the bulb,,,if you got small hand you can remove the front part of the inner fender liner and go up thru there and do it,you cant see it ,, you gotta feel it,yes dumb idea i agree,i gotta work on them all day
Posted on Oct 09, 2009
The bulbs on these cars can be delicate. Some get replaced every year or so-( headlights, tail and brake) and some I've never touched in 8 years (my front turn signals and marker lights)
The fast blinking occurance is normal when a turn signal bulb goes out.
The rear lights are common to blow, I keep spares in the glovebox.
Make sure you were given the correct bulb, check to see that it works and isn't defective. Also there is an empty spot in the rear bulb holder- make sure you didn't mistakenly pop a bulb in there cause' it won't work.
The front right signal light is in the right headlight housing. Open the hood and on the back of the housing there are two plastic caps. One is curved and one is rectangular- you want to take off the rectangular one.
Open the drivers door and on the side of the dash there's a cover. This is the main fuse block. Use a coin or carefully with a screwdriver pry it open. To check a fuse pull it out, noting exactly where it came from, and visually inspect it to see if it is blown.
Fuse # 2- turn signal system
Fuse #4- License plate lights
Fuse #7- back up lights
Fuse #13- brake lights
Fuse #22- parking and side marker lights, right
Fuse #23- parking and side marker lights, left
The turn signal flasher is integrated into the hazzard button in the center of the dash. If all else is good and you suspect the flasher is bad, which is a good possibility, call a VW dealer and have them run your VIN# to check for recalls. The hazzard switch for some cars around your year had a recall on em'.
Posted on Jan 02, 2010
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