Question about 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
How do you replace tail light bulb ?
The process for changing the tail light bulbs for a 2002 New Beetle in my case a TDI is relatively simple. To remove the lense and gain access to the bulbs you first need to release the lense holder from inside the trunk by completely unscrewing the large plastic wing nut that is under a round plastic panel that's located almost directly behind the rear brake light lense. To gain access to the plastic wing nut remove the round panel by gently prying it off. After this is done you release the lense by using something flat like a dinner table knife to pry and release the clip that holds the lense in place. Locating the clip: The rear fender has two seams that end at the light lense, the inboard seam (the one closest to the hatch)is where you want to insert the table knife to pry the metal clip that holds the lens in place. Gently and carefully insert the knife blade directly at the seam and pry upward to release the lense. Once the clip releases pull the lens the rest of the way and remove the bulbs by turning the bulb holder sockets couter-clockwise. After this is done remove bulbs by slightly pushing down on the bulb and turning it counter-clockwise. The reinstall is reverse of the removal the procedure.When re-installing take care to clock the lense where the metal clip and the lense protrusions end up in the same position as before. Note: you may need to assist sliding the lens retaining clip in with the knife when reinstalling! Good luck
Posted on May 15, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: replace tail light bulb
1. open tailgate. 2. remove corner floor piece by lifting. 3. remove corner side panel. pull out from tab on bottom. 4. remove two hex bolts(#10) to release light housing. they look like large allen wrenches. 5. replace bulb(s) and refasten again.
Posted on May 15, 2008
SOURCE: replace tail light bulb
open hatch, look for two screws, remove , push tail light gently back and forth to release from clips pull light assembly out , twist bulb socket to remove from housing, replace bulb.
Posted on Sep 19, 2008
Inside the trunk, under the carpet behind the tail lights will be a whole bunch of small plastic nuts, running from one side of the car to the other. Take all of these plastic nuts off, and the whole tail light assembly will come off in one large piece. Find the bulb you need to replace, and reassemble
Posted on Apr 06, 2009
open the trunk.
pull back the cover on the side you need to change, there are usually 3 black plastic nut you have to remove before doing this.
after the trunk interior cover is pulled off there are 3 nuts, 11mm wrench or socket will take them off. pull the taillight assembly out and twist the socket out containing the bulb that is blown. the bulb just pulls out of the socket. while the bulb is out you should inspect the socket for corrosion, it wont hurt to clean it up and put some die electric grease in there
Posted on May 19, 2009
and Repair Notes TAIL LAMP REPLACEMENT REMOVAL PROCEDURE Open the rear compartment. Remove wingnut and pull back the rear compartment trim panel from the tail lamp. Remove the wingnuts from the tail lamp. Remove the tail lamp from the rear body panel. Disconnect the electrical connector from the tail lamp. Remove the tail lamp socket, turning counterclockwise. Remove the bulb from the tail lamp socket. Remove the sidemarker lamp socket, turning counterclockwise. Remove the bulb from the sidemarker lamp socket. INSTALLATION PROCEDURE Install the bulb to the tail lamp socket. Install the bulb to the sidemarker lamp socket. Install the sidemarker lamp socket, turning clockwise. Install the tail lamp socket, turning clockwise. Connect the electrical connector to the tail lamp. Install the tail lamp to the rear body panel. Install the wingnuts to the tail lamp. Pull back the rear compartment trim panel to the tail lamp and install the wingnut. Close the rear compartment.
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
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process for replacing tail light bulbs is the same in all models. If
you have a burnt-out tail light bulb, you may need to replace the
brake light, the reverse light or the turn signal. The procedure to
replace each of the bulbs is the same.
1. Open the Hummer's rear swing gate. This will expose the edge of the vehicle's tail light assembly. You'll see two small Phillips head screws that hold the tail light assembly in place. Put on your gloves.
Remove the two screws from the tail light assembly. Pull the tail
light out and inspect the back for two bulbs. The top bulb is the
brake light and turn signal. The bottom bulb is the reverse bulb.
Determine which bulb you need to replace.
the tail light into its cradle. Hold it with one hand and replace
the Phillips head screws with the other.
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