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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by robby, Feb 24, 2010.

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    [Feb 24, 2010]
    Does anyone know how to change the indicator bulbs in the headlights? just bought some silver ones and can't see how to get to the origionals :(

    thanks
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    [Feb 24, 2010]
    I believe you have to remove the front half of the wheel arch liner to gain access to the bulb from inside the wheel arch. Basically just loads of screws to undo ( and put back ) !!
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    Hiya, only had my A3 10 days and changed my front indicators after 2 days lol. What I did, was loosen the 2 bolts that hold the headlamps in near the top, some of jiggling of headlamps and pulled them forward a bit and bingo! managed to get the cover off and replace with diadems (look like soap bubbles in the sun). Lots of scratches but well worth the effort! Looks cleaner and better. Also changed the side lights to bright whites while I was at it. Hope this helps and if I can do it........
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    Wow thats the long way round!!!

    Just jack the car up, remove the 4 screws in the wheel arch liner nearest the front bumper. Pull back and you have enough room to put your arm in and change the bulb. 10 mins per side no worries!
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    Thanks guys, i'll have a go tommorow

    Are there 2 bulbs either side for indicators? sure i saw a strange looking 1 on the inside as well as the standard 1 at the corners?
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    [Feb 24, 2010]
    What bulbs did you buy?
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    [Feb 24, 2010]
    Theres the main beam bulbs, side lights etc but only 1 indicator bulb at the outer corner.
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    I've used Phillips Silver Vision in mine. Its a good silver colour. I've also got some Osrams but they're a bluey colour and not as "silver", so they got dumped onto the shelf.

    I did mine by removing the headlight power cable and simply loosening the headlight mounting bolts. That allowed the headlight to move just enough to reach into the wing to change the bulbs without having to fiddle with bumper or wheel arch liner.

    5 mins.....
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    [Feb 24, 2010]
    Some silver ones off ebay - offset pins same as the rear ones (i hope)
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    [Feb 24, 2010]
    Hmm - might have been a reflection? sure it looked different?
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    [Feb 24, 2010]
    I wondered what the strange bulb was on the inside of my headlights (I have bi-xenons), until I worked out they were the day time running light bulbs lol
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    The genuine Phillips Silvervision are well worth the extra couple of quid over the standard eBay cheapies.

    The silver effect when they are off is much better and the bulb is much brighter when its actually on. The silvering on the cheaper bulbs really affects the brightness....
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    [Feb 25, 2010]
    I was able to change the bulbs just by getting my hand into the corner and a few scraped knuckles later, job done.

    I must have really small hands..................
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