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How to remove and replace A3 (2004) o/s headlight bulb?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Reedswood, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Reedswood

    Reedswood Guest


    thought my plastic pig was hard to work on, but it seems the A3 is, too!

    Can anyone give me a step by step walk through on how to change a front bulb, please?

    btw, has anyone tried Halford's 'Brightest' bulb selection?
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  3. flying oyster

    flying oyster flying oyster

    Jul 25, 2009
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    having childs hands is a good start or get halfords to change bulb !

    plastic cover on back of light pull of metal clip that holds it and locate bulb and replace
  4. Reedswood

    Reedswood Guest

    it's not the parking light I want to change, it's the main dipper bulb which has the big black box over it which seems impossible to dismantle...as you say, a child's hand is preferred!
  5. vw754

    vw754 vorsprung Durch Technik

    Nov 4, 2006
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    remove cover(obvious) its a 2 pin bulb......press down slightly on one of the bulb pins or the connector and the bulb will come out........when re-fittin seat the bulb in at the bottom first then push the top of the bulb forward....it clicks into place.
  6. Daft Old Sod

    Daft Old Sod New Member

    Sep 18, 2011
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    Changed mine the other day, 2007 so presume the same housing. There is a snap on cover on the back of the headlight housing that unclips to give access to the bulb holders. As Flying Oyster says, it is an advantage to have small hands & long fingers, though I managed OK with my stumpy little digits. Just pull bulb holder away from lens, feed through opening on back of unit, change bulb & replace.
  7. Reedswood

    Reedswood Guest

    boy, my knuckles are shredded after that fiddling around; even more so the passenger side...was a little difficult trying to push it in right, but finally succedded!:)
  8. paultaylor

    paultaylor Member

    Aug 30, 2003
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    i just changed the dipped bulbs but the alignment is now way off, any tips on re alignment?
  9. L80EWY

    L80EWY Member

    Sep 21, 2009
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    Wouldn't bother asking halfords, asked them to do my main beam when I first got the car an they ended up doing my full beam
  10. Reedswood

    Reedswood Guest

    yeah Halford's charge £7.99 per bulb to fit...forget that!
  11. LEE69

    LEE69 07 170 DSG
    Team Dolphin Grey Audi A3

    Jul 30, 2013
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    lol just read this Main beam is full beam dipped is low beam so they did what you asked of them.
  12. Reedswood

    Reedswood Guest

    I note Halford's are being scrutinized in BBC Watchdog next week; should be interesting on what they've found!

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