That black plastic cowl is held on with the plastic screws they are threaded but you may have to pry up on them gently while turning them out. When you are putting in the bulb it needs to be pressed in slightly to make sure the rubber ring on the bulb offers a snug fit to the light housing. After this is done remove bulbs by slightly pushing down on the bulb and turning it counter-clockwise. I had heard that the driver's-side bulb would be a bear to change, but it really wasn't that hard. Sort of like the battery compartment door on your remote controls for tv's and such. I took me some time to…. It is a 2 piece plastic cover.
Of course the best bet is to chuck the stock lights and put in a set of E-codes but that costs a few more pesos. It is a 7225 mini-bulb. They do not come off but are moved with a little pressure towards the outside of the cover plate. It will have one line going in and out of each end. This does have the advantage of holding the bulb in place while you put the retaining ring back in place. Feel free to use any replacement light bulb sizes that are listed on Modified Life but keep in mind that all information here is provided as is without any warranty of any kind. I had heard that the driver's-side bulb would be a bear to change, but it really wasn't that hard.
The headlight bulbs on your Jetta are easily accessible from within the engine compartment. Osram Silverstars are another story however, but aren't available in 9007. Once the clip releases pull the lens the rest of the way and remove the bulbs by turning the bulb holder sockets couter-clockwise. Always replace bulbs in pairs. After this is done you release the lense by using something flat like a dinner table knife to pry and release the clip that holds the lense in place. This site had the steps for doing so and saving yourself a service charge. Open the hood and look to the right side of the headlight housing.
To remove the lense and gain access to the bulbs you first need to release the lense holder from inside … the trunk by completely unscrewing the large plastic wing nut that is under a round plastic panel that's located almost directly behind the rear brake light lense. Be careful, do not force too much. The driver's side cover is located in front of the battery box and is landmarked by a light bulb sign imprinted on an additional piece of plactic that must be removed first. This job requires some patience the first… The low beam lights have three attachment points and these act as the adjustment knobs; looking at the light, one is at the 11 o'clock position, the second is at two o'clock, and the third is at five o'clock. The Sylvania ones are simply blue coated bulbs. The easiest way is to access the bulb assembly is from the bottom of the car, there is a plastic cover under the fender and in front of the tire that can be removed by unscrewing two screws and two nuts. There are two retaining pins that still are holding the cover on so it will not just pop right off.
To clarify, the hidden pins face right and left. There is a small box that is separate from the actual headlight housing that is about 2-3 inches wide and about 4-5 inches long. Once the cover is off… On a front door You must replace the entire door latch. It means a lot to me! On the driver side, turn the stick counter-clockwise. Without properly functioning headlights, your field of vision decreases significantly in low-light conditions.
Might stick a little bit… I say you should refer to the owners manual if you wish to replace this yourself otherwise take it to the dealership. But nothing short of E-Codes can touch a set of Cibie Z-Beams I had a a couple of cars years ago. Note that this assembly is reinserted by putting the 2 small tabs at the top … of the assembly back into the fixture first then rotating the bottom half down until it snaps into place. I had to remove two Phillips head screws retaining the lens cover to expose the bulb. That gave me almost half the extra clearance back immediately and made it much easier to get the bulb changed in her car. On the high beam, there is only one point, located at the seven o'clock position, and it allows vertical movement only.
When you are putting in the bulb it needs to be pressed in slightly to make sure the rubber ring on the bulb offers a snug fit to the light housing. The fuse map is in the inner face of the door and there you'll also find a tweezer that is used to remove the fuses. Remove the panel from the inside rear, and you'll see with the aid of a flash light a hinged cover that opens something like the battery door of remote control. Do one side first, so you can use the other side as a reference. Well the 2003 Jetta takes the 9007 headlight bulbs. A retaining tab runs through this slot and sticks out twoard the engine. It has a slot where you can insert a flat blade screwdriver.
H3 also has a wire for one pole. It is the piece with 4 screws and a lightbulb picture on it. Forcing unevenly may jam the unit, requiring a start over. Don't worry for the model they aply to the Je … ttas too. On the driver side you will be hampered by the sound system amp. What you have to do is take off the door panel on the inside.
They must go up over a little nibs of plastic so a screwdriver can be used to pry them up slightly if it makes it easer. When re-installing take care to clock the lense where the metal clip and the lense protrusions end up in the same position as before. I wonder if the Z-Beams really were E-Codes. There is a small tab on the top of it that you must depress to remove it. If so, I had the same problem and after numerous repairs and lots of money, I replaced the fuse in the emergency flasher. I will be doing it today and will document with pictures and text. It will look like a can of peaches without the label.
Keep track of which plug goes where. There are 2 plastic tabs, one on each side that must be depressed while pulling out. Deatrich Automotive Looking for the fuses on a 2003 Vw Jetta. The reinstall is reverse of the removal the procedure. I am doing it myself this morning! This does have the advantage of holding the bulb in place while you put the retaining ring back in place.