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    Thread: how to change a headlight bulb on a 2001 passat HELP!!!

    1. Member Yo_Delprad's Avatar
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      03-15-2008 04:04 PM #1
      i am friggen lost on how to change the headlight bulb on my girlfriends 2001 passat i am wqondering do i need to pull the whole headlight out to do it?? or just take the bulb out please any help would e great
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    2. 03-15-2008 05:44 PM #2
      Is it a B5 or B5.5. Quick way to tell- does it have chrome accents on the windows and such. If so, it's the latter.

      Neither requires removal of the headlamp assemblies. You can easily pull the bulbs from behind the housings. For the B5.5: On the driver's side, you need to remove the power steering reservoir cover (it's just clipped on from underneath) and on the passenger side, you need to remove the intake snorkel (it just pulls apart)

      Low beams are behind a rubber dome.

      If it's a B5, I'm not sure, but I'm sure someone who knows can asnwer.


    3. 03-16-2008 06:43 PM #3
      Step 1: Locate the B5 in question.

      Step 2: Follow the pics I took.

      Step 3: Put it back together!

      I did the passenger side because it's the one that is more hidden away. The driver's side one is way more exposed. Good luck!


    4. 03-16-2008 06:43 PM #4
      there you go,you went and spoiled him with those pics , no need to remove the airbox,only the air duct,that just pops out anyway it sthe same as B5.5,and while hes at it at the auto parts store to get bulbs he should p/u a cheap haynes service manual.lots of helpfull hints and pics in there,thats the first thing i bought when i got my pre-owned passats or any new to me vech and dont touch the new bulb w/bare fingers,the oils w/shorten bulblife besiddes not having an euro switch or and relay 173 pulled,but thats a whole other topic


      Modified by turbo 8283 at 3:45 PM 3-16-2008


      Modified by turbo 8283 at 3:46 PM 3-16-2008


    5. 03-16-2008 06:48 PM #5
      well, he's gotta look like a pro when he does it in front of his gf, lol

    6. 03-17-2008 06:35 AM #6
      ya for real you pretty much made it idiot proof

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      03-18-2008 01:24 AM #7
      about that haynes manual. they suck. plain and simple. they get you through nube projects but since we own VW's any tiny thing can go from routine to not so routine (i.e. changing the oil only to find out you have to rebuild the motor). anywho, get a bently!!!!!!!
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    8. 08-24-2008 01:09 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by vdubing_it_25 »
      about that haynes manual. they suck. plain and simple. they get you through nube projects but since we own VW's any tiny thing can go from routine to not so routine (i.e. changing the oil only to find out you have to rebuild the motor). anywho, get a bently!!!!!!!

      amen to that


    9. 09-02-2008 07:44 PM #9
      what about the other side?

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