For driver's side, pull back carpeting and remove light bulbs. For some reason it was just not sitting in enough. Route and secure the wire so it cannot get caught in pedal mechanisms or the steering column. The damage was to the lower grille the one in the bumper , the drivers side fog grille the piece you pry off to get to the fog light , and the fog assembly itself one of the plastic mounts was broken so the fog light had some give in it if you pushed on the bottom of it. Firstly, make sure you have the correct H7 dipped beam bulbs. Your help is appreciated as ever John Nice how to, got a set of Hella PowerColours to fit to mine soon, one thing I have noticed, the lights state that they don't have rear reflectors in them and I need to fit some according to the sticker on the lights and box.
I recovered the plastic piece that had broken and packaged the old assembly and bits away for some future date when I get a rock through the fog and am inspired to glue the works back together. One by one I was able to get the slots out and the grille came off. Optional Step: Using a Floor Jack, raise both sides of the car in the back, supporting both sides with jack stands, and remove the rear wheels. If you remove the teo side bumper grills there are two bolts holding it on there. Also, what is a torx t-25? Various projects on the Mk4 Jetta require removal of the front bumper cover, such as extending the radiator support to the service position as well as removing the radiator.
The top part of the clip actually contains a vertical patch of black plastic which closes off the whole assembly. Also, what is a torx t-25? Remove cd changer bracket 5 10mm bolts in yellow and pull back carpeting. This can be a little difficult. Here's a before and after shot : Frisky. It was sunny and about 21C when this work was done. This is a view of the left side fog grille as seen from the inside the back.
Again there was very little room to work as there was almost no slack in the cable. You will need a T20 Torx screw driver head to remove the first aid kit holder bracket. I'll take the headlight and xenon unit with me just to be sure. There were some differences over the years so watch out for those. To remove the rear taillights To remove taillights: 3x8mm bolts hold in each taillight. When it is fully inserted, it should click and lock in place. To remove the rear bumper, you must first remove the taillights.
You may need to remove the cd changer to access the bolts Look for bolts under the bumper and inside the wheel wells. Put a blob of Blu Tack in the socket head as this keeps you from losing the nut when you unscrew and refit them. The reverse light gets dimmer over time and we suggest changing them in pairs. Honestly I think there is a lot more danger in breaking your tool than the plastic grille. I carefully pried it back up and once it was happily seated in its slot it all went together fine. If its the post 02 car then remove the torx screws inside the wheelarch 2each side, remove screw from bottom edge of bumper near to wheel arch each side, remove 2 plastic nuts from lower bumper near spare wheel well, remove rear light clusters then remove the screws behind them, unclip ends of bumper from bodywork and pull rearwards.
The driver's side has 3 nuts and 1 pin. At that point I fished around behind it all with my fingers and determined that in fact the tabs holding the slots in place were coming from the top, not the bottom they were pointing down, not up! As a precaution I would work on it when warm outside near room temperature and do pay attention to the notes I have about the rightmost tab it does not pop out -- it slides out after you have the other tabs removed. So I worked my way from left to right along the top of the grille and by twisting my bondo tool in between the grille and the bumper I was able to loosen one at a time. The reverse light is the white light that lights up when your Beetle is in reverse. I then discovered that with all of this extra wiggling around the coolant heater plug had come unclipped and was flopping about.
Then there are five torx screws holding the bumper on there. They're pretty difficult to find and remove. Unplug the license plate plug near the driver's side tail light. First one took hours but had 2nd one apart in less than an hour. Nice how to, got a set of Hella PowerColours to fit to mine soon, one thing I have noticed, the lights state that they don't have rear reflectors in them and I need to fit some according to the sticker on the lights and box. Once removed, take off the 2 black mounting brackets from the bumper cover. Fit connector block back in place, replace the headlight rear cover and the other cover with the 2 screws, and put the battery cover back.
Remove the screw located where the duct covers were. The pics in this thread don't show any but are you Hella lights different to these ones? I pressed down on the slots of the grill by reaching down over the top and at the same time gently pulled on the bottom part of the grille with my other hand. Driver's side taillight can now be removed. These bulbs burn out occasionally and help you see when you are backing up. Posted on Oct 27, 2009 you shouldnt need to remove the rear valance to fit a towbar ,i would suggest you contact a authorised towbar fitting workshop as it is not permitted to fit a towbar yourself ,it has to be done by a company with the correct authorised dealership as the towbar has to be certified with a europeon certificate of homoglonation and a plaque. The first thing I did was take off the front license plate mounting bracket. Just a quick question about releasing the clips holding the plastic around the light.