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    How to replace city light bulbs?

    I 've checked all the forums but I can't seem to find out how to change the city light bulbs on my 2005 Passat ( the little bulb in the high beam reflector). I have checked the how to's it was briefly mentioned but not in detail. Do I need to turn them or is there a clip holding this bulb in? This is a little frustrating, I spent about 40 minutes last night trying to remove them before giving up.

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    You just yank them out, honestly.

    The secret to removing the city lights is to *pull firmly and steadily on the wire*.
    I know that goes against everything we've ever learned, but it works fine.
    Try these links:
    thread 1 and last post on thread2 where the quote above came from.

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    Wow do I feel stupid. That was easy. Just doesn't seem right pulling on the wire like that. Thanks!

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    Try not to pull on the wiring, instead grab the bulb holder. Wear some gloves or some padding on the back of your hands as you may ding your hand as the holder comes loose.

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    Good advice ^^^ but sadly I have big hands and there was no way I could get to the bulb holder ...

    Quote Originally Posted by kaneohe7 View Post
    Wow do I feel stupid. That was easy. Just doesn't seem right pulling on the wire like that. Thanks!
    Ditto that for me too ... you're welcome.

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    I still can't replace them on the passenger. I pulled so hard on the wire I felt like I was going to ruin the light housing. b5.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuolumne View Post
    I still can't replace them on the passenger. I pulled so hard on the wire I felt like I was going to ruin the light housing. b5.5
    try twisting it back and forth some before and when you pull it, maybe the rubber part is stuck or slightly fused to the housing from heat from the high beam? just a guess, haven't changed out my city's yet

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    Just wanted to double check here on the bulb for this. Can a 194 bulb be used or a LED 194?

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    You can use 158, 168, 194 and W5W lamps for the city lights.
    I was disappointed with the LED ones - they both fried after about 4 weeks.
    Are you trying to color match HIDs?
    Hoen XenonMatch looks very good with the OEM 4100K bi-Xenons.
    They also have an LED version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartglx4motion View Post
    You can use 158, 168, 194 and W5W lamps for the city lights.
    I was disappointed with the LED ones - they both fried after about 4 weeks.
    Are you trying to color match HIDs?
    Hoen XenonMatch looks very good with the OEM 4100K bi-Xenons.
    They also have an LED version.
    I just wanted LEDs to match my Sylvania UltraStars a little better and for the life of LEDs being much longer than filament bulbs.

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