How to Change the Headlight Bulbs on a VW Beetle

Lengthy commutes and rush-hour traffic mean you are likely to spend a lot of time in your Volkswagen Beetle on a regular basis. If you depend on your Beetle that much, taking care of it should be at the top of your priority list. One of the most important maintenance items on your car is the headlight bulbs. A burnt-out headlight reduces your ability to see effectively and puts you at risk of an accident. The Volkswagen Beetle uses a 1255 headlight bulb, available at most auto parts stores.

Raise the hood of your Volkswagen Beetle. Locate the release button behind the headlight assembly.

Push in the release button and raise the retaining lever found directly beside the button. Pull the headlight assembly forward, out of the front of the car.

Select the bulb you want to replace. The high-beam bulb is located at the top of the headlight assembly and the low-beam bulb is located at the base of the assembly. Twist the retaining clip off the rear of the bulb. Pull the electrical connector off the rear of the bulb. Grasp the connector and pull straight back to disconnect it.

Pull the bulb straight out of the headlight assembly. Insert the replacement bulb, being careful not to touch the glass portion of the bulb. Push the electrical connector into place until it clicks. Replace the retaining wire around the base of the bulb.

Push the headlight assembly back into place. Push the retaining lever back into position to secure the assembly. Repeat the process on the opposite side, if necessary. Close the hood and test the lights to be sure they function properly.

Things You'll Need

  • 1255 headlight bulb
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