Re: how to remove headlight to change bulb on 2000...
On the side of the headlight assembly there is a lever sticking out with a checkered section just above it you have to push the checkered part (it's the release for the mechanism) then lift it up and slide it forward, but be ready to catch it when it slides out. Next remove the connectors on the back and pull it all the way out. I usually set it on a towel or something so it wont roll around while working on it. Getting it back in is trickier though because you have to line the tracks up perfectly when you slide it in otherwise it'll bind up on you. If you search the DIY on vwvortex there's a pile of good info to make your life easier.
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Re: how to remove headlight to change bulb on 2000...
You should be able to remove the headlight by opening the hood and you should see two buckle type latches on the side and by releasing these it will allow headlight to come out. You might have to twist headlight a little to allow this to happen. I hope this helps.
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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.
The headlight assembly must be removed from the vehicle in order to gain access to the bulb fixture. Open the hood and look at the headlight from the inside - you'll see a couple of plastic wingnuts that hold the assembly in. Remove wingnuts and slide assembly out. Turn plastic retainer ring on bulb to release bulb, remove and replace. Reverse procedure. Make sure you align bulb correctly for retainer to lock down or else bulb may fall out while driving. Good luck!!
FIRST OF ALL YOU HAVE HALOGEN BULBS YOU NEED TO WEAR CLEAN DRY GLOVES ON HANDS WHEN HANDLING HALOGEN BULBS.OIL FROM HANDS WILL CAUSE THEM TO BURN OUT.OKAY TO REPLACE HEAD LIGHT BULB.OPEN HOOD AND PULL UP THE RELEASE LEVER AT THE BACK OF THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING.THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING SLIDES IN AND OUT OF THE BODY IN TRACKS.PULL THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING FAR ENOUGH FORWARD TO DISCONNECT THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS THEN SLIDE THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING AT THE WAY OUT.TO INSTALL THE HOUSING SLIDE IT BACK IN ALIGNING THE RIDGES ON EACH SIDE WITH THE TWO TRACKS IN THE BODY.WHEN THE HOUSING IS IN FAR ENOUGH REACH THROUGH FROM THE INSIDE THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT TO REATTACH THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS.
This is based on my 2001 Beetle, so hopefully they didn't make it any more complicated by the 2006 model year.
Open the hood and look at the inside of the headlight housing. Going from the back of the housing toward the front, there's a metal clip, then a plastic lever, then a little rectangular button with dots on it. These are all right next to each other. Pop off the metal clip, press down on the little rectangular button, then pull up on the plastic lever. It's kind of like a childproof pill bottle cap, I guess. Once you've done all those maneuvers, the headlight housing should slide out the front. Then you can unplug the wires and replace the whole unit, or open up the unit and replace just the bulb.
Since you're working on the driver's side, you'll also have the added joy of trying to work around the battery compartment. You may have to take the battery cover off to get enough room.
The headlight bulb is a major pain in the **** to replace. The average bug owner could not replace it themselves without damaging things. You have to remove the entire headlight assembly and disassemble it on the bench. And a lot of times you break the bucket going back in.
The dealer charges almost $100 bucks to replace the bulb.
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Check the physical connections on the bulb connectors. I have had this problem before as well. More than likely the bulb connectors are dirty/corroded and need to be cleaned. A smile flat metal file should do the trick to clean the connectors. After you do that, be sure to put some dielectric grease on all the connections to keep them making good contact with the connections on the bulb.