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Brake light needs replacing. Manual states "take to VW dealer" Can't I replace it myself?

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I just called my local Autozone and asked for a brake light for a 2004 Jetta, they asked the engine size. I told them I was looking for a buddy of mine and I don't know the engine size. I told them the take to a dealer thing in the manual. They sell the bulbs for around $6. They are Sylvania. If it were a dealer only thing autozone wouldn't sell the bulb. Take it to your local autozone/pep boys/advanced auto store and they will replace it for you at no extra charge. I know autozone does this for sure. If you can do it yourself just remember to wear gloves to prevent the oil from your finger prints from getting on the bulb. This is especially true for headlights. The oil can burn thru the glass and blow the bulb prematurely

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Defective brake lights on Golf, GTI, Jetta, New Beetle and R32 are a potential safety hazard and should be replaced. February 26, 2007 - NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Around 800,000 Volkswagen vehicles have been recalled Monday because of faulty brake lights, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
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