I have a small hole in my A6 tail light lense. How can remove the plastic covering, order the part and install it myself? The bulb is not the problem it is the outermost red plastic coering the bulbs. Thx, Jim
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Re: Hole in A6 tail light lense.
Sorry Jim but you, like thousands of others before you whom have tried to obtain their inspection stickers have found, you've got to buy the entire assembly. They don't allow any patches of any kind and the lenses are no longer removable like the good ole days...Sorry again to break the news. Dana
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The way a mechanic would do it is to remove the valve covers, feel for rockers that are ticking with your fingers. Note the locations. Pull the intake off and replace the hydraulic lifters for the offending one(s). If you find several, just replace the whole set (16).
Alternatively if you are really skilled is to remove valve covers and distributor. Put a small light down the distributor hole to illuminate the interior lifter valley. Using a small magnet and etc, fish the offending lifter out and up the distributor hole. Reverse to install a new lifter. I have fished lifters out like this from the very front of the engine. The key is to illuminate the engine valley with a small good light. You can see what you are doing by looking through the push rod holes.
I had this issue 3 times and replaced bulbs and lenses before I found the answer! If original, there is a flaw (no recall) in the upper red lenses. There is a half circle inner lense that is loose inside (can be seen inside the top bulb socket hole). It falls on the bulb, causing it to over heat, and blow fuses in your tail lights. Check to see if there is a burn hole inside ththe lense socket, and you should smell the scent of burnt plastic. Dealer will replace lenses for $425! I bought after market lenses which came with bulbs and wiring (plug and play) for under $100 on Ebay. Haven't had any trouble since! Chrysler says it fixed the problem, but I wouldn't pay the dealer hundreds of dollars to find out I got old stock.
1. Open the tailgate.
2. Look closely at the side of the brake light cover where it is closest to the tailgate. It is black plastic.
3. You will see two roundish looking outlines in the black plastic (not
the two outlines in the plastic that is the same color as your van).
There is just enough of a crack to slide a small screwdriver into the
4. Pop the little plastic "doors" up to reveal 10mm nuts with Philips heads.
5. Remove the bolt/screw from each of the two holes. The tail light cover will be loose, but it will not come out yet.
6. Find something small to pry with. It should be plastic or you might scratch your paint.
7. On the side of the van where the tail light cover is flush
(the far opposite end of where the bolts were), push a small tool
(screwdriver?) under the edge of the cover and pry straight up. There
is a peg that fits snugly into a hole in the van. The peg is attached
to the tail light cover. With a small flashlight, you should be able to
see the peg after prying it up just a little. The peg will pop out and
that will allow you to change the bulb.
8. To replace the cover, start by popping the peg back into the
hole, then replace the two screws. Finish by snapping the screw covers
I had the same problem a few years ago with an 86 Volvo. I replaced the tail light assemblies but over time water was getting inside the lens again. My solution to the problem was to remove the tail light assemblies and drill a small hole (about 3/16") on the bottom of each compartment of the lens (if the tail light is sectioned off) and a 1/16" vent hole in the top or side area where it can't be seen. It worked for me and it didn't cost a dime. Hope this helps.
If it is the same as my 2002 model, you don't need to remove the panels, you gain access from those little plastic cubby hole panels on either side of the inside of the hatchback part. There's an extra piece of plastic to remove on the inside as well- but it opens up to the tail lights
1)move the plastic cover over the seat belt out of the way to gain access to the two mounting bolts for the seat belt mechanism. Use a 10mm wrench and a 14mm wrench and remove the two bolts holding the seat belt mechanism to the body. Use a small drill bit or small screwdriver and make one hole in the plastic cover on each side of the seat belt mechanism (the covers say "do not remove plastic cover". Spray lots of wd40 in each hole. Then exercise the seat belt. When the mechanism allows the belt to be retracted, retract the belt all the way out and exercise the seat belt. Reinstall mechanism with both mounting screws in original position and put plastic cover back in place. Good luck. New seat belt costs $100.00 from dealer and are hard to find working in junk yards. I have fixed several of them this way.