Tom's Golf, Jetta, and New Beetle Repairs and Info

New Beetle Tail Light
Golf Headlight
Golf battery


Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementChanging the Golf (and probably Jetta as well) head lights is interesting. The halogen bulbs are behind two covers, and the bulb is held in place by a spring bail (instead of a bayonet twist retaining ring). The outer cover has a screw, and the bulb/assembly cover also has a spring bail.

Start by removing the outer plastic cover. Locate the light bulb icon. This is under the hood (of course), above the head light.

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Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementThe outer cover has two screws.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementLift the outer cover off.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementThe left side is in front of the battery. This is quite difficult to reach. You can see the spring bail and light cover in the lower/center of the photo.


Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementThis is what the cover looks like removed.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementThis photo is the rear of the bulb, behind the cover. I think this photo was take on the right side. The left side is hard to access, and hard to see. If you have trouble on the left, it might be easier to remove the battery.

If you remove the battery, remember, the positive is the first off and the last back on.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementAnother photo of the rear of the bulb.

This is not a standard bayonette bulb. Instead there is a verticle wire spring bail holding the bulb. This photo is side ways, so the bail release is under the yellow and brown wires. I think the bail is pushed inwards (towards the front of the car) and you squeeze it. Tricky.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementReaching between the battery and the light. This was difficult.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementRemoving the bulb would have been easier with the battery out.

That's the battery in the lower part of the photo.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementThe rear of the bulb. The electrical connection is just a couple of tabs.

Remember not to touch the new bulb. It is pressurized quartz, and oil from your fingers can cause the bulb to burst when it is turned on.

Getting the bulb into place without touching anything is difficult. If you touch the bulb, wipe it clean with a clean cloth. Do not scratch the bulb.

Note the alignment tab on the flange of the bulb base. The tab is facing up in this photo. Verify the tab's alignment by looking at the mount (on the car) before installing the bulb.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementAnother view of the bulb. The tab is facing up here.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementThe cover has tabs on one end, and a spring bail on the other end. My left finger is on the tabs.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementReassembly is reverse of removal. Plug the bulb into the electrical connector, place the bulb in the proper mounting location, lock the bulb bail in place, put the cover back on (tabs first), and finally lock the cover spring bail in place.

This is the most complex headlight replacement I've seen on a modern car. My experience is limited, but this operation has quite a lot of steps.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementNote the spring bail on the cover returned to its locking position.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementThis is the cover in place. The white wheel is the head light vertical alignment adjustmenter.
Golf III (3) year 2000 head light replacementFinally, put the outer plastic cover in place.