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I am not mechanically untalented, but I cannot get the driver's side parking light bulb out of the high beam cluster. The air filter body is making it impossible to insert hand or tool into the small space between light assembly and filter housing to lift out the dead bulb and replace it.
Is there a trick? I tried to pry it straight out by the wire (bad idea, I know) but maybe it's a bayonet fitting?
Any help is appreciated!
JM
 

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Re: How to change parking light bulb? (juniormarbles)

move the airbox/filter and try to use needle nose pliers and twist it half a turn then pull it out.

 

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Re: How to change parking light bulb? (NORVADUB)

Have you ever done that? I had looked at that option, but the airbox filter assembly and mounting base is quite a piece of work to remove.
There must be an easier way to change a wear item like a light bulb in a modern "German Engineered" car! ???
 

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Quote, originally posted by juniormarbles »
I am not mechanically untalented, but I cannot get the driver's side parking light bulb out of the high beam cluster. The air filter body is making it impossible to insert hand or tool into the small space between light assembly and filter housing to lift out the dead bulb and replace it.
Is there a trick? I tried to pry it straight out by the wire (bad idea, I know) but maybe it's a bayonet fitting?
Any help is appreciated!
JM

It must vary a bit among Mk V's by model year, drivertrain and headlight type.
In my HID equipped car with FSI engine, drivers side is easy to get to.
The car has the air cleaner in the engine cover, a design everyone seems to hate,
but it sure keeps things neat under there.
And while you can twist the city light bulb holder in the HID fixture,
it does not bayonet / lock - it is a friction fit and can be pulled straight out without twisting.
Keep in mind, "straight" being the key word, the holder itself sits at an angle to either axis.
ymmv



aftermarket bulb shown


Even though our fixtures may be different,
I thought both headlight types shared the
same city light bulb holder / bulb - just mounted in a different place.
pics are to show the friction fit bulb holder
aftermarket bulb shown

aftermarket bulb shown

same aftermarket bulb in a halogen headlight fixture
Quote, originally posted by riggley »
pictures by riggley - excerpted from golfmkv thread Brex buddy got them for me

 

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Oh, and on the friction fit holder,
if you pull by the wires, the wires will fail before the holder will come free.
That should give you a better idea how tight a fit it is.
First time I had to use needle nose to grab the holder and pull it out.
Once I understood the holder and the angles involved, I can now easily pull it
by grabbing the holder with my fingers and pulling "straight" out.
Get the angle wrong and it isn't coming out.
 

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Thanks for the great pictures, JetTurbo!
Unfortunately I have an '06 TDI, and no HID's either. Due to the engine compartment layout on that model, my clearance between headlight cluster and filter assembly is 3". Not enough to apply the hand-leverage needed.
Best regards,
JM
 

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thanks for the pictures and that post , JetTurbo!

I was searching for a headlight/city light bulb pics with arrows for like a freak-ing hour if not more. True, I read a few things here and there. I noticed a lot of posts by you. Helpful!

HIDs with Vr6 here. We'll see if I manage to get that bulb out...
 
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