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vwnewton, VW Owner,ASE Master and L1 Advanced
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I have high intensity headlights on my 05 beetle and have

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i have high intensity headlights on my 05 beetle and have brought it in to the dealer several times after buying the car new. Headlights will go out and if i turn off the switch and partially apply the e brake to switch off the lights it will come on again. I would like to know if it is possible to change out the troublesome high intensity lights for conventional headlights
JA: Have you checked the fuses? Have you checked the bulbs?
Customer: yes. also if it were either a fuse or a bulb it would not come back on after turning it off and on. also a fuse would affect both lamps not just one side. the dealer said that it was probably a symptom of the high intensity light and that to replace them was very expensive. therefor because i am giving the car to my grand daughter i want to try to replace the lights with normal lights that are less bright but more trouble free
JA: Are you fixing your Beetle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: i have basic mech skills and work on our heavy equipment at our excavation co. and would like to do the work myself
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: the dealer replaced lights on 2 occasions over the years and the problem did not go away. it happens usually on one side but sometimes both sides. I have learned how to get them back on while driving but it is dangerous and not something that i want my grand daughter to deal with.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 month ago.

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i do need some more information at any time were the ballasts ever changed?

also i do need a vin # of the vehicle to assist