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Headlight Removal

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Boydie, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Boydie
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    [Aug 31, 2007]
    Hey Guys

    I have a really bad steamy drivers headlight and I am at the end of my wits trying to solve this problem! I am going to tackle the job myself so I am just wandering if anyone knows where all the screws are to remove the headlight?

    Is it a bumper removal job? (hope not!)

    Also, has anyone else had this problem?

    Thanks
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    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    [Aug 31, 2007]
    I'm afraid it is a bumper removal job.

    Here is a link showing how to remove the actual headlights. If you want me to make a similar PDF for the bumper removal, let me know.

    remove headlights
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    [Aug 31, 2007]
    As usual h5djr you are very helpfull!

    Thanks :)
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    It's easier not to try and remove the whole bumper, just pull it forward. It's pretty easy to do when you know where all the screws are.

    3 star screws in each arch.
    2 stars under the bumper on each side below the fog lights.
    1 funny clip just inside the back end of the bumper, at the top in the arch
    1 10mm bolt on each side in the bumper. You have to put you arm inside from the arch.
    3 star screws on the top side of the bumper where the bonnet front sits
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    My pleasure dude!

    I was doing it blind so the first change over took about 2 hours, the second literally 20 minutes! That's bumper off, swap lights, bumper on. Easy when you know how lol
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    [Aug 31, 2007]
    Don't know if it'll work the same on the A3's, but on the Mk4 Ibizas, which all suffered really badly from condensation and misting, the 'solution' was to drill a small hole in the removable plastic cover on the rear of headlights, and put a small rubber grommet in them, so water couldn't get in, but allowed enough air in to keep them clear.
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    [Aug 31, 2007]
    I was told the same thing another time but when its wet or raining the light really mists up like there is a small leak :(
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