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Rear brake light bulb removal! - How to?

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    [Aug 10, 2007]
    anyone here know how to access the non driver side rear light cluster on an avant, haven't had time to look myself, just thought I'd see if anyone here has any experience, going to change it tomorrow. Also will I have to plug it in to a diagnostic equipment to get rid of the message on the DIS?
    TIA.....
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    It's pretty easy, but not obvious. On the inside of the boot trim there's a small blanking plate covering a screw hole. Remove that and undo the screw. The screw should hold itself in the hole without falling out and down behind the trim. You then have to lever the back of the light cluster out from the side bodywork, as it is held in by 2 pegs, and then wiggle the whole thing free. I use a a thin strip of metal covered in tape to prise out the back of the cluster (the bit nearest the front of the car) without damaging the paintwork.
    Or you could do as Audi suggest and only let an Audi dealer replace the 50p bulb for you for around £20!!!!

    the DIS warning cancels itself, no need for VAGCOM.
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    Erm audi charge £76 for a rear bulb!

    Frank its really simple, unless you have no eyes and no hands then you should be alright!
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    You are joking right?
    They charged me £38 once to change a dash bulb (during a service), so I was being conservative as a brake light is slightly less complicated. Unbelievable.
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    [Aug 14, 2007]
    Thanks lads, a piece of cake, very easy to do, took only 5 minutes, daylight robbery if the dealer is charging that much, especially when they don't need to hook up the dianostics. Very impressed the way the DIS informs you which bulb has blow. Agains Ta for the reply's.
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