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2002 VW passat driver's side headlight keeps going out

The driver's side headlight keeps going out, when I tap on the rubber boot over the bulb the light will come back on. i have replaced the electrical connector to the bulb and still get this same problem with the bulb going out. The two wires going to the bulb seem like they are burnt, like it is getting hot and melting the plastic connector. Have anyone noticed a wire problem with this car?

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I would replace the wires with a lower gauge wire (thus thicker) this may help this issue

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How to take out and replace headlight bulbson 2002 passat

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  1. Open the hood and if equipped with a rubber access cover, remove the cover over the back of the headlight assembly, and then disconnect the electrical connector from the bulb.
  2. If a rubber seal/cover is mounted around the bulb, disconnect the electrical connector from the bulb, and then remove the rubber seal/cover.
  3. Once the electrical connector has been disconnected, squeeze the ends of the retaining bracket inward, then pivot the retainer away from the rear of the headlight assembly.
  4. Grasp the bulb securely and remove, noting the location of the alignment tabs for installation. Allow the bulb to cool before removing it from the headlight assembly.
NOTE Do NOT touch the glass portion of the new bulb. This will shorten the life of the bulb.


Fig. On some models, a rubber cover is removed to access the bulb-1.8L Passat model shown


Fig. Once the cover is removed the wiring can be accessed and disconnected-1.8L Passat model shown


Fig. The bulb is retained by metal bracket. The ends are squeezed toward one another to release them from their retainers-1.8L Passat shown

To install:

NOTE Do NOT touch the glass portion of the new bulb. This will shorten the life of the bulb.

  1. Install the new bulb into the headlight housing and squeeze the ends of the retaining bracket inward while pivoting the retainer toward the rear of the headlight assembly. Release the retaining bracket making sure it is fully seated in its retainer.
  2. The balance of assembly is in reverse order of removal.

Oct 19, 2010 | 2002 Volkswagen Passat

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Changing headlight on 2006 VW passat

Hello, to change the headlight on your passat, follow this steps:

1. Pull off the air intake cover, and remove the intake mounting bolt and set the intake hose aside,(passenger side only).

2. Twist off the protective cover from the back of the headlight assembly. Press the tab to pull off the electrical connector.

3. Turn the bulb socket counter clockwise to unlatch, and then slip it away from the assembly.

4. Turn the old bulb counter clockwise to release from the socket .Install the new bulb by turning it clockwise. Hold the plastic base of the new bulb when installing . Touching the glass can cause it to prematurely fail.

5. Insert the module and turn it clockwise to lock it in the assembly. Reattach the electrical connector and twist the protective rubber cover unto the back of the assembly .

6. Reattach the intake hose (passenger side only) and tighten the bolt. Snap the plastic intake cover back on.


Aug 12, 2010 | 2006 Volkswagen Passat

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2004 vw passat - one headlight out but bulb is

The filament in every bulb acts like a fuse. Also the fuse block may have fuses for your lights. Some cars do and some do not. If the fuses are good, more than likely a short in the wiring could be the problem. The switch is good if one light comes on you know

Jan 14, 2010 | 2004 Volkswagen Passat

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(1995 vw passat) central locking doesnt work just buzzes

Your central locking pump in the right rear of boot area behind light cluster may be faulty but if not check the rubber pipe between each door, open doors wide and in the big black rubber boot is the small rubber pipe.They perrish and cost peanuts to replace from any car parts shop.Do all doors regardless as one worn means all will go soon also.

Oct 13, 2009 | 1995 Volkswagen Passat

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2001 VW passat driver's side headlight keeps going out

Try inspecting the wires, socket, and bulb for defects. Try a wiggle test on the wires to that lamp. See if there is any effect. If nothing inspect the socket for hot spots and/or corrosion.

Apr 24, 2009 | 2001 Volkswagen Passat

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2001 VW passat driver's side headlight keeps going out

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.

Hope this helps.
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Apr 24, 2009 | 1999 Volkswagen Passat

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How do I replace my passenger side headlight bulb on a 1997 VW Passat?

might have to lift hood and go about that way if not theres a frame around the headlight

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99 VW Passat. Low beam headlight not working.

you need to change the bulb an your local parts store will show you how

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