VW Passat & Audi A4 1990-2000

Signal and Marker Lights

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Front Turn Signals & Parking Lights

On some models the turn signal/parking light socket can be accessed from under the hood, however it may be difficult to access and/or turn. Removal of the parking light will greatly ease replacement of the bulb. On models with the turn signal/parking light mounted below the headlight, the assembly must be removed to access the bulb. To remove the assembly, proceed as follows:

  1. On 1993-97 Passat models with markers mounted below the headlights;
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    1. Remove the front reflector by carefully prying loose the side opposite of the marker light.
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    3. Remove the marker light assembly.
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  3. Open the hood. Work form behind the turn signal.
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  5. On 1998-00 Passat models;
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    1. Open the hood. Work form behind the turn signal.
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    3. Carefully release the spring-loaded retaining hook and slide the marker light forward.
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  7. On A4 models;
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    1. Open the hood. Work form behind the turn signal.
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    3. Locate the slotted lock arm near the headlight adjuster.
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    5. Insert a suitable flat blade screwdriver, then pivot the lock arm toward the center of the vehicle and move the light assembly forward.
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  9. Remove the bulb holder by turning it counterclockwise.
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  11. Remove the bulb by pressing down slightly and then turning it counterclockwise to release and pulling it out of the socket. As the bulb is removed make note for installation purposes, of the location of the small locking pins on the side of the bulb's base. One pin is located further up the bulb's base that the other.
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  13. Inspect the socket for corrosion and clean as necessary.
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  15. Installation is in reverse order of removal.
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Fig. On some models the bulbs can be replace with or without removal of the light assembly. The bulb holder is turned counterclockwise about 1 / 8 of a turn to remove-1.8L Passat model shown

Side Turn Signals

Some models have a side, fender mounted turn signal. The lights are held in place by plastic clips on the light housing and must be removed to access the bulbs.

  1. Press the light assembly toward the rear of the vehicle. While pressing the light assembly rearward, carefully lift the forward portion of the light out of the fender.
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  3. Pull the assembly outward, then remove the bulb holder from the lens by turning it counterclockwise and remove the bulb.
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  5. Inspect the socket for corrosion and clean as necessary.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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Fig. Slide the marker assembly rearward until the front of the assembly is loose and lift outward



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Fig. Remove the socket assembly to access the bulb

Rear Turn Signals, Brake & Running Lights
  1. Remove the access panel from inside the trunk.
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  3. Squeeze the bulb holder retaining tabs inward and remove the bulb holder assembly from inside the trunk.
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  5. Press the bulb(s) inward and rotate counterclockwise to remove the bulb from the bulb holder.
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  7. Inspect the socket for corrosion and clean as necessary.
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  9. Inspect the socket for corrosion and clean as necessary.
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  11. Installation is in reverse order of removal.
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Fig. Open the access panel to reach the bulb holder



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Fig. Squeeze inward on the retaining tabs to release the bulb holder



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Fig. Remove the bulb from the bulb holder by pressing inward and turning it counterclockwise

High Mount (Third) Brake Light


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Fig. The third brake light assembly has multiple bulbs. Each bulb can be replaced separately

1990-97 passat models
  1. Release the fastener clips and remove the housing assembly.
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  3. Remove the bulb holder.
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  5. Remove the bulb.
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  7. Installation is in reverse order of removal.
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1999-passat sedan models

For ease of access fold down the rear seats and work from the trunk.


CAUTION
Wear eye protection as the interior components tend to shed minute pieces of fabric, which will irritate your eyes.

  1. Remove the electrical connector by squeezing the mounting tabs and pulling it off the light assembly.
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  3. Press the metal retaining clips of the light housing in and press the housing upward.
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  5. Press the bulb holder tab to release the bulb holder and angle the assembly outward.
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  7. Remove the bulb(s).
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Fig. Press the retaining tabs inward to release the housing to create additional room-1.8L Passat sedan shown



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Fig. When removing the bulb holder from the housing, release the 2 retaining tabs to release the holder

To install :

  1. Place the bulb holder into the housing.
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  3. Press the housing until the 3 tabs can slide into their brackets.
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  5. Slide the housing into the brackets, then squeeze the release tabs and seat the bulb holder.
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  7. Install the electrical connector.
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1998-00 passat Wagon models
  1. Remove the inner trim on the hatch.
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  3. Press the bulb holder retaining tabs and remove the holder from the housing.
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  5. Pull the bulb(s) out as needed.
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  7. Installation is in reverse order of removal.
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A4 models
  1. On models with the rear shelf mounted light, remove the trim cover by sliding it toward the front of the vehicle.
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  3. Remove 2 fasteners and pull the lamp holding assembly outward.
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  5. Remove the bulb(s) as necessary.
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License Plate Lights
  1. Remove the Phillips or Torx® screws from the light assembly and pull downward to remove.
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  3. Remove the bulb from the assembly.
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  5. Check the contacts for corrosion and secure fit against the bulb when replaced.
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  7. Install the new bulb and the assembly into the body. When installing, make sure the electrical connectors engage with one another properly
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  9. Install the fasteners.
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Fig. The license plate fasteners are typically Phillips or Torx® screws. Remove the screws to lower the lens and bulb holder assembly



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Fig. Lower the bulb holder to access the bulb



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Fig. Remove the bulb from the bulb assembly. When installing, make sure the electrical connectors engage with one another properly

Interior Lights
  1. Use a suitable clean, smooth, thin flat-bladed prytool and carefully release the lens from the light assembly to access the bulbs.
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  3. Once released, remove the bulb(s) from their retainer(s) and replace as necessary.
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  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  7. Note: If the bulbs are seized in place if installed, remove the Phillips fasteners, release the retainers and remove the assembly. To remove the small pressed in bulbs, access the bulb holder from the back of the assembly and turn counterclockwise to remove the bulb holder. The bulb can then be pulled out of the holder.
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Fig. Use a thin prytool to carefully release the lens assembly from the light



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Fig. As the retainer is released, carefully pull the assembly away from the headliner



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Fig. If the smaller bulbs on either side are reluctant to be pulled out, first remove the light assembly mounting fastener, then . . .



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Fig. . . . Release the retaining clips to remove the assembly to . . .



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Fig. . . . Access the bulb holder. Turn counterclockwise to remove, and . . .



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Fig. . . . Pull the bulb from the holder

 
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