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Re: Driverside headlight out.
Ok a little complex. You have to open the hood. Look near the battery on the headlight assembly tou'll see a clip and a lever. You have to depress the clip and move the lever completely down. Lots of times seized. Use as much lube to release the slider. Once you get it low enough I use a suction cup on the headlamp and pull it out while moving the lever down. Once they line up inside you can pull out the assembly to change the bulb. Sometimes we have to replace the slider guide in the head lamp retainer when they break. Sometimes not an easy fix.
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This is not a fun job. The headlight retention system sometimes becomes locked up due to dust and grime on the mechanism. Even if things are clean, it is VERY difficult. Take my word for it, a VW dealer is the best bet for you. The headlamp mounting system on the Beetle is one of the stupidest setups I've came across in 45 years of fixing VW's. And you can bet VW designed it to force you to go to the dealer.
vw's have problems with the body electrical control module failing due to water in the vehicle has water in the driverside? the module is under the carpet under the driverside infront of the seat. hopefully its just a bad connection down there..
the hard part is finding a release clip for the headlight. its usually right on the side of the headlight in the engine compartment in between the barrtey and the headlight. once you release this clip, the whole headlight pops out, the you just replace the bulb and put the headlight right back in and make sure you put the clip back on.
under the frount hood the head light has a crank if there is no wrench in your tool kit for this a #7 socket will work there will be a plug you pop off a awarows that will say on or off just turn and the hole head light will come out.
at the bottom of the headlight where it sits on the bumper you will have to push down on the bumper as the headlight gets caught on the lip of the bumper, they are a bit tricky, i hope this helps, also there is a sprung loaded clip that you need to relase once you have wound the head light forward, you will need a long bladed screw driver it sits on the side of the headlight near the front on either headlight
Been there tried that. The unit is more or less sealed. You will need to go to a VW dealer to have the fluid checked and added, if required. Be very careful, there's an entry port on the top of the transmission that some cables/wires go through. If you break this seal there is no simple fix. It costs about $700 to have it replaced by the dealer.
Your best bet is to invest in a Chilton book on your specific vehicle. It will give you pictures and exact directions on how to do this. All Checkers or what ever auto service center you have in your town will carry them. Just a useful warning though - don't buy knock off's just buy the Chilton. Good rule of thumb ALWAYS put it in the same way you took it out. Good luck!!!!