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I need to replaced my headlight on a 1999 beetle. do i need to removed the battery?

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No you do not need to disconnect the battery, although make sure that headlights and the ignition is off when you replacing

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Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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SOURCE: how to remove headlight to change bulb on 2000 beetle?

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.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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Headlights don't work on 99 beetle please help


The bulbs burn out often, being as they are on all the time . You have to pull each head lamp assembly out of the housing in the fender to access the bulb.

You cannot change the bulb as you would on other vehicles. This job is a little difficult for the first time but fortunately there are some good tutorials on line you can read. Google' www.NewBeetle.org' for more info.

Check your fuses first. There are fuses in the end of the dash and you pry off the plastic cover with a small flat blade screwdriver. Panel is not accessible with the doors closed.

The Beetle also likes to burn the fuses in the battery area. There are 30amp 'Green' fuses in a plastic housing above the battery under the hood. Check to see they have not burnt out in their holders.


Look inside the engine compartment at the headlamp side you are needing to replace.
You will see a 1.5" plastic lever extending from headlight assembly.

To remove headlight, push the small black button (is about 1/4" x 1/2" and has cross-hatched stamp in metal) until you can move the lever from the down position to the full up position.

The headlight assembly should release a few centimeters. You should then be able to grab a hold of the headlight assembly and gently twist back and forth until the headlight releases and comes out.

Final step is to unhook the electrical wires by simply pulling the cap from the connection.

Remove black cover from assembly and replace bulb.

When you push the assembly back into the housing you need to make sure the electrical captive socket goes home in to the head lamp fully.

The last fraction of an inch will need a firm push on the lens to get it home.

I hope this helps you.

Jan 29, 2011 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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How do I access the H-1 headlamp bulb on drivers side to replace. Is there a retaining screw under the wheelwell for the entire headlamp assembly that must be removed ? Does the airbox and battery have to...


there is a retainer that holds headlight assembly in it a slide you pull up a headlight should come out as an assembly looks like a hook and it slides up

Jan 26, 2011 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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I have a 1999 volkswagon Beetle and it has over a 150,000 miles. Lately my headlights have been going dim while driving. I had my battery checked and I was told that it has about 2yrs of battery life...


dim lights while driving would be alternator. Check voltage at battery with engine running. Should be at least 14 volts. If you got a new alternator, it would probably be 15 volts or more. That is one way of solving the problem, but alternators aren't cheap.

Sep 24, 2010 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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How to change headligt bulb in 1999 vw bettle


ahhh... the ultimae "bug" kwirk. heres how it goes

Theres a lever on the side of the housing you must turn. but to turn it you have to push the lock in. then the entire headlight housing will slid out the front of the car. Then unplug the wiring and remove the plactic backing. replace the headlight and re-assemble your bug :)

Nov 12, 2009 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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Headlights won't turn on and drivers door won't lock.


locate the relay in the engine compartment near the battery for the headlights. replace it. the relay for the doors may be the same one or you will find it under the dash in the fuse panel.

Oct 16, 2009 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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Replacing 2006 VW Beetle headlight How do you do


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.

Oct 09, 2009 | 2000 Volkswagen Beetle

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Headlamp replacement 1999 vw beetle


The headlight is actually a bulb inserted into a light module. You can remove the plastic light module by releasing the tension spring on the rear of the headliht housing inside your hood. Once the tension spring is released pull the plastic light module from the fender socket by gently pulling on the edges of the headlight. The module should pull out with some minor difficulty. Remove the bad bulb from the rear of the plastic bubble, and replace it with a new halogen bulb. Replace the module into the fender socket and reclip the tension spring(s). Not all that difficult of a job once you know how its accomplished.

May 10, 2009 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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I need to change the headlight on a 1999 VW beetle, have no idea how, is my daughter's car and I am the Mom, so keep that in mind, not a mechanic here. Help me!


beetle's have very difficult headlamps to replace ..from inside engine compartment there is a "band" that goes around the headlight assembly that has to be released and they commonly break ..i would recomend not trying it yourself and taking it to a dealership so when and if it breaks a new band will be available or the car will not be able to remount the headlight assembly sorry

Mar 22, 2009 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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Driverside headlight out.


Ok a little complex. You have to open the hood. Look near the battery on the headlight assembly tou'll see a clip and a lever. You have to depress the clip and move the lever completely down. Lots of times seized. Use as much lube to release the slider. Once you get it low enough I use a suction cup on the headlamp and pull it out while moving the lever down. Once they line up inside you can pull out the assembly to change the bulb. Sometimes we have to replace the slider guide in the head lamp retainer when they break. Sometimes not an easy fix.

Nov 05, 2008 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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How do I change the battery on a 1999 volkswagon beetle?


Open the battery compartment. Loosen the bolt on the negative battery post first. Then remove the negative cable from the battery. Do the same to the positive cable. Remove the hold down bracket with a 10mm wrench. Lift out the battery please keep in mind it has acid in it. Now replace with new battery and connect the cables negative to negative , and positive to positive. You may need to reset your radio stations on your car.

Jul 09, 2008 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

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