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Re: 2006 beetle headlight assembly out
Hi each h/light on car has its own fuse as does the offside and nearside side and tail lights also a seperate fuse is for the brake stop lights so if you check the fuse box and fuses you may find fault ? also if you check the underneath of panel cover you may find indication of each fuse and its amp rating and purpose ?
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Turn the headlight switch on and inspect the headlights. Make sure to check both low- and high-beam lights, and then note the position of the bulb in the headlight assembly. Low-beams are in the top cavity of the assembly and high-beams are in the lower cavity.
2Turn off the headlight switch and then remove the keys from the ignition.
Open the hood and locate the seam to the headlight assembly and the side fender. Locate the headlight assembly release lever and push in on it slightly to unlock it and then pull it all the way up until it stops.
4Place a blanket or pillow on the ground in front of the headlight assembly. Push the assembly outward from behind with one hand while being ready to catch the assembly with the other. The New Beetles use an adhesive sealant to protect the back of the headlights from exposure to moisture, so you'll have to give the assembly a push from behind.
5Pull the wire harness plugs off from both the high- and low-beam blades of the respective bulbs.
6Place the assembly on the blanket or pillow. Release the wire clip to the faulty headlight and then remove the headlight bulb.
7Open the package of the new H1 bulb replacement without touching the glass portion of the bulb with your bare skin. Oils in human skin will damage the bulb. Handle it only by the metal base of the bulb insert.
8Insert the new bulb in the appropriate headlight-assembly cavity and reattach the bulb retaining clip to lock the bulb in place.
9Lift the assembly up and plug the wire harness plugs back into the respective blades of the bulbs.
10Push the headlight assembly into its cavity, but before locking it in place, check the lights by turning on the headlight switch.
If only one headlight isn't operative, your fuse and bulbs are ok, then check for proper grounding at the headlight assembly. There should be a black wire that comes from the headlight assembly and is attached somewhere at a good grounding point. You can have power to the lamp, but if you don't have a solid ground connection, it won't light up.
Under the hood you on the back side of the headlight assembly there is a a small release lever with a lock. Push the lock in and rotate the release lever. Push the headlight assembly out so you can have access to the wiring plug.
Disconnect the wiring plug and completely remove the headlight assembly.
Now on the back of the headlight assembly is a spring clip and a small screw. Remove the small philips head screw and release the spring clip.
for the most part you open the hood and get your hands behind the headlight assembly and turn the socket and pull the headlight bulb out if you have a autozone near you and you get the blub from them they will help you with installing it try this website www.autozone.com
Yes, you need a very bright (and thin if possible) flashlight, a very small socket head (5mm?) on a long extension, a very long screwdriver and a little patience for this job. Four hands are better than two for this job but it can be done solo with the right tools and patience. In front of the battery cover is a small silver peg bolt and even a little white lock and unlock icon below it...you will need to rotate this peg about two good clicks to unlock (counter clockwise). If someone else holds the flashlight then you can look below this peg and get an idea of what is going on mechanically when you turn it.
Once the peg has unlocked the headlight assembly you need to look carefully for a lightweight aluminum lever that is easily pushed down with the long handled screwdriver behind the battery case alongside the headlight assembly. This lever when depressed will enable you to slide the entire headlight assemly out of the car. I suggest keeping a knee in front of the headlamp to prevent headlamp assmbly from falling. Once you have the H.L. assembly out then you can change the bulb. If you have gotten this far you will have no problem figuring out how to replace the bulb!
Reverse the above instructions to replace the HL Assembly and be sure to lock it in place (this is often the most difficult part) it definitely helps to have a second person at this stage to apply steady pressure to the headlight lense while locking back into place. Good luck!
I have this same issue. I don't have a solution, however, I will say this. In the headlight assembly, there are two things that you must do to release the entire assembly for it to slide out. First is a little hex stud that is just inside the hood. You turn it one way to unlock it, and the assembly slides out a bit. Then you have to press on a lever, and pull out the entire assembly. When the whole thing goes back in (after replacing the bulb) the assembly is pushed into the wiring harness. In order to keep the assembly in good contact with the wiring harness, you have to lock the hex stud. However, it is VERY tricky to get the hex stud re-locked. If you turn the opposite way, you can go too far and it will unlock again. If you shine a light into that area, you will see below the assembly there is a little metal piece that gets pushed out when you turn the hex stud. Keep playing with the hex stud until it's in the correct position, and that should keep the assembly from sliding forward. If it doesn't stay (ie you get it to lock but it giggles free), you might have to have the assembly replaced (~$300). One of my headlights is really temperamental, the other is better behaved. Unfortunately, I'm probably looking at replacing the headlight assembly. After a year of battling it!!! :(