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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.
Pull the connector plug off. Remove the rubber dust cover. You will see a wire clip that holds the bulb in place. Push on the clip, slide it to the right of the vehicle and release. The bulb can now be removed. When replacing the new bulb do not touch the glass. Lift the clip, insert the bulb into the headlight, refit the clip. Replacing the dust cover can be a pain. Hook it in place on one side, with thumb and forfinger grip the other side and twist it as if to turn it inside out, press it against the rear of the headlight and release. Reconnect the wiring connector.
Access to change the headlamp bulbs is through the wheel well. The recommended method is to remove the front tire and then the plastic inner fender liner. Once removed, you'll have easy (more or less) access to the rear of the headlamp housing.
If you need to change the headlight bulb on the driver’s side, remove the air intake cover (see below.)
Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling the connector straight back.
Remove the rubber weather seal by pulling on the tab.
Unclip the end of the hold-down wire from its slot. Pivot it out of the way and remove the bulb.
Insert the new bulb into the hole, making sure the tabs are in their slots. Pivot the hold-down wire back in place and clip the end into the slot.
Install the rubber seal over the back of the headlight assembly. Make sure it is right side up; it is marked TOP.
Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb.
Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb.
(Driver’s side) Reinstall the air intake cover.
If you are working on the driver’s side:Remove the two pins holding the air intake cover by pulling the head on each pin (careful, I think these are the kind of heads that do not come all the way out, but only far enough so the pin can be removed) . Remove the air intake cover.
1. Open the hood. 2. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by squeezing the connector on both sides to unlock the tab. Pull the connector straight off. 3. Remove the rubber weather seal by pulling on the tab. 4. Unclip the end of the hold-down wire from its slot. Pivot it out of the way and remove the bulb. 5. Insert the new bulb into the hole, making sure the tabs are in their slots. Pivot the hold-down wire back in place and clip the end into the slot. 6. Install the rubber seal over the back of the headlight assembly.Make sure it is right side up; it is marked "TOP". 7. Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb.
on the back of the headlight assembly, you will see a cover that is held down by two clamps. Flip the clamps to the side and remove the cover. Then you can disconnect the wiring from the bulb and then twist the retaining rain counter clockwise to remove the bulb
On either side of the headlight wiring assembly, in the engine compartment, you will find 2 small tabs. They are located to the sides and towards the bulb of the plastic assembly. Press these 2 tabs in while pulling the wire assembly out. Remove the rubber gasket and unhook the wire spring holding the bulb in place. The bulb come right out. The bulbs are halogen so do not handle the new bulb by the glass.
Purchase the correct bulb, open your hood, unscrew the white retaining ring behind the non working lamp when loose turn black connection 1/4 turn counter clockwise till tabs line up pull straight back remove old bulb put on rubber gloves or BE CAUTIOUS NOT TO TOUCH NEW BULB GLASS WITH BARE FINGERS. Oils from your hands an cause bulb to heat unevenly and cause new bulb to explode in the headlight assembly So with gloved hands open new bulb insert follow steps in reverse to reassemble. Happy Motoring