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Help with changing A3 Sidelight Bulbs

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by ENZO, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. ENZO
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    [Mar 31, 2014]
    Seems impossible to get my hand in to wriggle it out, other bulbs we're quite easy. Is there any easy way to get them out? any tips?

    thanks
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    LEE69 07 170 DSG

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    [Mar 31, 2014]
    I used long nosed pliers
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    [Mar 31, 2014]
    Spray the bodies (not glass envelope) with silicone lube before pushing new ones back in.
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    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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    [Apr 1, 2014]
    +1 for this. Or enlist the help of someone with small hands.
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    I think I contorted my hand so it no longer resembled a hand, then used my index and middle fingers either side of it as a lever to pry it out. Took a good half hour I think.

    I may have also removed something from one side as I remember one being harder than the other.

    Perseverance really...it's a pain
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    Same here still hard tho but possible took abouhalf hour for first then 5 mins on the other
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    [Apr 1, 2014]
    on the 8p1 and 2 it makes life easier if u pop the main (full) beam out aswell. gives u a bit more space to work with. I didn't find it too difficult to do. I don't advise it but sometimes u can tug the wires to help pull it out
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    [Apr 1, 2014]
    That right I remember now I had already changed bothe sets of headlight bulbs then took some back out for access
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    [Apr 3, 2014]
    My daughter changed mine, she has long slender fingers, unlike me. Otherwise long nose pliers will do it
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    [Apr 3, 2014]
    1 went in fine and working (passenger side) but ive replaced the drivers side and its not working :(
    even after putting the original bulb in its not working

    i was very careful with it and used long nose pliers.

    Any reason why it wouldnt work? i have tried it both ways
    fuse blown maybe
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