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On a 2000 VW New Beetle - The dim bulb on the left headlight blows every few months. The originals lasted for years. Also, since replacing the original bulbs the tail/brake bulbs do not last but a few months. The last I took out had melted part of the plastic holder. Are the aftermarket bulbs too high wattage? Note: I do not handle bulbs and leave residue.

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Thatspecific bulb has a poor ground connection.

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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    Ned C Cook Oct 07, 2009

    Thatspecific bulb has a poor ground connection.

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