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You should be able to just slide the light out, after you have removed the 3 nuts holding the light in place. Twist the sockets out, change the bulbs, and you should be golden.
Posted on Jan 22, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: replace tail light bulb
The process for changing the tail light bulbs for a 2002 New Beetle in my case a TDI is relatively simple. To remove the lense and gain access to the bulbs you first need to release the lense holder from inside the trunk by completely unscrewing the large plastic wing nut that is under a round plastic panel that's located almost directly behind the rear brake light lense. To gain access to the plastic wing nut remove the round panel by gently prying it off. After this is done you release the lense by using something flat like a dinner table knife to pry and release the clip that holds the lense in place. Locating the clip: The rear fender has two seams that end at the light lense, the inboard seam (the one closest to the hatch)is where you want to insert the table knife to pry the metal clip that holds the lens in place. Gently and carefully insert the knife blade directly at the seam and pry upward to release the lense. Once the clip releases pull the lens the rest of the way and remove the bulbs by turning the bulb holder sockets couter-clockwise. After this is done remove bulbs by slightly pushing down on the bulb and turning it counter-clockwise. The reinstall is reverse of the removal the procedure.When re-installing take care to clock the lense where the metal clip and the lense protrusions end up in the same position as before. Note: you may need to assist sliding the lens retaining clip in with the knife when reinstalling! Good luck
Posted on May 15, 2008
1. Open the rear hatch, and look down towards the bumper, in the direction of the tail light bulb needing replacement.
2. You should see the dark colored plastic trim piece, which is held in place by two small plastic body style philips head screws.
3. These wil only 'loosen' a little bit, you will need to slip a fingernail or some other slim item, underneath the heads of each of the screws, and pull back on them firmly by grasping the body of the screw, not the head (which is flimsy, and can crush if squeezed).
3. remove the plastic trim piece - it can be achieved by lifting out and towards you - set aside.
4. Using a 10mm socket or wrench, unscrew the upper and lower bolts holding the taillight assembly in place.
5. the taillight assembly is now loose - it can pulled rearwards, and will slide off of the small guide slots holding it in place.
6. The bulb is a twist lock style, underneath the tan cap- twist the cap counter-clockwise, and it will pop out. The bulb is a number 7440, for the running light/ brake light, and a 7443 for the turn signal. a 3757 will not fit through the cut out hole in the taillight assembly.
7. Re-assemble in reverse, making sure to check the function of the bulb PRIOR to re-assembly.
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
and Repair Notes TAIL LAMP REPLACEMENT REMOVAL PROCEDURE Open the rear compartment. Remove wingnut and pull back the rear compartment trim panel from the tail lamp. Remove the wingnuts from the tail lamp. Remove the tail lamp from the rear body panel. Disconnect the electrical connector from the tail lamp. Remove the tail lamp socket, turning counterclockwise. Remove the bulb from the tail lamp socket. Remove the sidemarker lamp socket, turning counterclockwise. Remove the bulb from the sidemarker lamp socket. INSTALLATION PROCEDURE Install the bulb to the tail lamp socket. Install the bulb to the sidemarker lamp socket. Install the sidemarker lamp socket, turning clockwise. Install the tail lamp socket, turning clockwise. Connect the electrical connector to the tail lamp. Install the tail lamp to the rear body panel. Install the wingnuts to the tail lamp. Pull back the rear compartment trim panel to the tail lamp and install the wingnut. Close the rear compartment.
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
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