1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

How to replace the break light?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by A13x, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. A13x
    Offline

    A13x Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 22, 2011]
    Does anyone have any ideas on how to replace a break light on an a3 2008, i removed the plastic cap and then knocked it in the hole (doh how do i get it out), and i was presented with a plastic nut. I assume i must some how use a screw driver or something to undo the plastic nut to get at the light fitting to change the bulb? or must i use a special tool?
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Sep 17, 2014]

  3. cloughy
    Offline

    cloughy Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2011
    Messages:
    515
    Likes Received:
    15
    [Nov 22, 2011]
    Yep, you use a screwdriver, it takes quite a few turns but it will come off
    #2
  4. cloughy
    Offline

    cloughy Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2011
    Messages:
    515
    Likes Received:
    15
    [Nov 22, 2011]
    Once you unscrew the plastic nut you then have to wiggle the unit free, I found it best to move the unit towards the front of the car and slightly away to pop the metal nipples out of the main body of the car see pic below

    [​IMG]
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 20, 2014
    #3
  5. A13x
    Offline

    A13x Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 22, 2011]
    thanks much appreciated, i couldnt believe it when i saw the plastic nut and thought this cannot be right i must need a special tool or if it was just cosmetic. No manual to hand to double check. Hopefully i ordered the correct bulb without even seeing the one in the car.

    only problem i have now is once nut is off is getting the damn light out, cannot work out if its push front, back or at an angle, it seems fully stuck
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011
    #4
  6. NHN
    Offline

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    27,319
    Likes Received:
    1,229
    [Nov 23, 2011]
    Dont use a screwdriver Al, use a long 13mm iirc socket, the plastic nuts can get messed up with screwdrivers, I always use sockets, always & dont force it of, you have to jiggle it slowly & prise it of as per the pic shown, once done it 1st time, each subsequent is allot easier, he says :p
    #5
  7. A13x
    Offline

    A13x Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 23, 2011]
    Well i have been wiggling for a good hour now and it just will not come off at all, the back has a 1cm gap but moving it fwd and back results in nothing. Where are the metal nipples? do i need to bang it at all or just keep on wiggling away in a fwd and back motion?

    i used a screw driver in the end but didnt damage or destroy the socket as i made sure the screw driver was wide and thick but i will use a socket tool next time to prevent damage.
    #6
  8. NHN
    Offline

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    27,319
    Likes Received:
    1,229
    [Nov 23, 2011]
    Do not bang it, you break those nipples of you're goosed, you need to edge it of on the nipple end, they come of eventually trust me.
    #7
  9. DaveyB
    Offline

    DaveyB No misfires.

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2010
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    7
    [Nov 23, 2011]
    Replacement nuts are £0.67p for those who have stuffed it before! I bought a couple of them as I accidentally overtightened one of mine with my 1/4 drive. As Nige said don't waste your time with a screwdriver, 13mm socket is what you want.

    Audi Tail Light / Lamp - Nut/Holder- 8P0945300
    #8
  10. A13x
    Offline

    A13x Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 23, 2011]
    well after hours of battling with two nipples i finally got it off, opened the packet of bulbs to replace the faulty one and doh realised i had ordered incorrect bulb. It says right brake like and the bulb in the back appears to be a thin connector not round. Toshiba 921 12v W16W *sigh* why does changing a bulb have to be so complicated. first nipples now the damn bulb
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
    #9
  11. A13x
    Offline

    A13x Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 25, 2011]
    OK all done, cheers guys. Ive taken it off and put it back on a few times now and its much easier once you have taken it off once.
    #10
  12. NHN
    Offline

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    27,319
    Likes Received:
    1,229
    [Nov 26, 2011]
    Blows across his fingers, sighs :p
    #11
  13. paddy
    Offline

    paddy Audi=No fault code, no idea

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    5,133
    Likes Received:
    123
    [Nov 26, 2011]
    What's a break light ? :) does it light up a Kit-Kat or something ?
    #12
  14. grantDUBshaw
    Offline

    grantDUBshaw Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2011
    Messages:
    238
    Likes Received:
    61
    [Nov 28, 2011]
    Didnt like doing this with my car, my RHS break like went and i didnt wanna pull the light too much incase i broke on of thoses nipples off.
    Ahh well it came out, changed it and went back in fine :beerchug:
    #13
  15. allen61
    Offline

    allen61 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 24, 2012]
    I bought one of those rubber suction pad tools. Push the rubber suction pad on to the the lenses cover pull the handle to create suction. Bit of wiggling and off comes the lens cover.
    #14
  16. fangio
    Offline

    fangio Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1,042
    Likes Received:
    101
    [Mar 24, 2012]
    And a smear of Vaseline in the rubber sockets makes subsequent replacement and removal a doddle! :undwech:
    #15
  17. NHN
    Offline

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    27,319
    Likes Received:
    1,229
    [Mar 24, 2012]
    Dunno Paddy, but certainly maybe its the same as a Break Like :jester:
    #16
  18. A13
    Offline

    A13 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2011
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    3
    [Apr 16, 2012]
    Finally got round to doing this today after driving around with the warning for 3 months.
    Was expecting to have no end of trouble, but light was out and bulb changed in about 10 minutes...!
    #17

Share This Page