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Headlights don't work after replacing brake lights

Two days ago I replaced both brake lights on my 2001 VW Golf. Last night I discovered that neither of my headlights, which were both replaced less than 8 months ago, are working. My daytime running lights have also ceased to function. My high beams still work just fine. The fuses all look okay, but I don't have any spares on hand to try swapping them.

It seems a bit too coincidental for two fairly new headlamps to blow out at the same time I was replacing lights elsewhere. Does anyone know if I could have jostled something in the rear while replacing the brake lights that could case this problem? I'm a little stumped by what do to next, but I'd hate to take it to a mechanic if it's something simple that I'm overlooking.

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  • Kyyle Jan 23, 2009

    Turns out the problem was with the bulbs themselves; the breaks in the filaments were relatively small and difficult to see until a very close inspection could be made in full daylight.

    Took the car in for complimentary inspection & cost estimation service at VW, but no really helpful insights from them as to why two bulbs with less than 1 year of use would fail simultaneously. Their best guess was that the bulbs were accidentally touched during installation, shortening their lifespan, and the timing of the blowouts was just bad luck.

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Check the power with a meter at the lights,no power a supply voltage fault,battery voltage at the plug ...new bulbs needed

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