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2001 VW passat driver's side headlight keeps going out

So about a month ago i noticed my driver's side headlight was out. i went to the store, bought a new one and changed it just like I did for the passenger's side headlight a year ago. I noticed that now the driver's side headlight is out again! I pulled up to my destination and tapped on the light a couple of times and nothing. When I left about two hours later the light was on again and I feel a sense of relief. But guess what? next night the light is off again!!!

This is obviously an electrical problem which VW is known for. Someone told me it might be this specific wire that probably needs to be replaced and could run me about $1,000. I'm sure the solution wont be anything other then taking it in and getting the wire replaced but I was hoping someone might have some more information on this like which wire it is specifically so I can see how much it goes for before I'm ripped off, or hopefully an easy fix solution although im pretty sure that just isn't in the cards. Thanks!!!

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What is going on is the Day time running light are causing the bulbs to run when ever the car is on. Day or night. I disabled mine and have not lost a head light in 2 years.

Here's an article on disabling the DTR. The relay you are looking to pull in on the firewall be the break pedal.

You are looking for the 173 relay.

http://home.comcast.net/~slashpub/drl/DisablingDRL.pdf


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