Tail Light Change 1996-2005 Audi A3 TDI 1.9L 4 Cyl. Turbo Diesel

1. Getting Started - Prepare for the repair

2. Remove Bulb - Steps to remove a burnt out bulb

3. Helpful Hints - How to find replacement bulb type and other hints

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4. Replace Bulb - Procedures to replace the new bulb

5. More Info. - Additional information on changing tail lights

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Video Description

This video demonstrates how to change a burnt out taillight bulb on your 2001 Audi A3. Some of the other bulbs in the tail light cluster such as the brake light or turn signal may also function as the tail light in your A3. It is possible for the turn signal or brake light to work but the tailight part to be burnt out - replacing the bulb on your A3 will restore functionality to both. Since the tailights are on whenever your parking lights or headlights are on, they will burn out eventually. Burn out tail lights are a common reason for a police officer to pull you over, so we recommend changing all of the tail lights on your A3 whenever one is burnt out.

When changing the tailight bulb on your A3, be careful not to touch the glass part of the new bulb as this will cause the tailight bulb to burn out quicker.

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Author

Hans Angermeier is an ASE certified Maintenance and Light Repair Technician and has produced over 100,000 videos showing drivers how to fix things on their cars. He has broad expertise on basic repair procedures covering the majority of cars on the road. Over the past 10 years, Hans has been focused on building CarCareKiosk, which is visited by millions of drivers each month.

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