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Old January 15th, 2009, 14:32   #1
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Default 99 VW Beetle No Low Beam Headlights - PROBLEM :(

I have a 99 VW Beetle with over 120,000 miles on it and live in the Detroit area. This is my first post but have used the site many times to help me out...so THANK YOU to the many posters who have helped me out in the past.

About a week or so ago the low beam headlights stopped working. The day time running, fog lights and high beams all still work...so the bulbs aren't bad.

I am trying to figure out the source of this PROBLEM.

I have replaced the day time running light relay but this wasn't it. I also checked voltage at fuse 36 - there is power. I would like to check headlight switch but can't figure out how to remove it without breaking plastic components...has anyone had experience with this?

ANY help you can offer would really make it easier to sleep at night as this car is driving me crazy!

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Old January 15th, 2009, 17:25   #2
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Push the knob in and turn it about halfway to the ON position. Then you can pull it out. Retract the lugs again once you install it or the new one.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 17:34   #3
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Not to ask the obvious question, but have you checked the bulbs.

Often people assume they are OK because they were working and suddenly both failed. However it is easy for you not to notice when one fails. Then when the second fails it it total darkness.

I had this very thing happen on a trip from NY to Ohio. They were both working when I left (I checked) and both were somewhere on the turnpike in PA.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 21:27   #4
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Originally Posted by Joe_Meehan
Not to ask the obvious question, but have you checked the bulbs.
Unless they've changed the headlight assembly between his '99 and my '05, the low beams and the daytime running lights are the same bulb.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 16:40   #5
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any updates on this posting? posting solution will help others.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 17:25   #6
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Try sending him a PM.....but he's only posted the one post above....nothing before or since.
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