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How do I replace side Marker Lights? I have a 2000 GLS 2.0. I searched the forum, but don't see what I have. So I included pictures of the Bad side marker which is under the rearview mirror on the driver side and the good one on the passenger side . I also included the guts, b/c there seems to be two different types. I checked out side-marker-lights.html, but I don't have any clip on mine.

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Juanita
 

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I can't find a specific piece of instruction in my Bentley manual but I think you may be able to get at the light's retention clips by removing the front wheel liner and then reaching into the gap behind it. This is based on the instructions for working on the side marker light for a Turbo S.
 

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Thanks, When I bought the Beetle the lens was broken off and I think the issue is that is pushed in. I watched a youtube video on a jetta, but again, mine is pushed in. Tried pliers to get out, but may need to remove front wheel liner. :confused: Thanks.
 

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I ended up squeezing the side and pulling it out. I believe one of the outside clips/holders was holding it back.
 

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Not sure if I remember correctly, but thought I read it's from the inside, thru the dash in order to replace those blinkers.
!!!! yea its right next to the blinker fluid fill point under the radio.

!!!! i will give you $100 if you provide me where you read this. im not trying to be an ass, but think about how difficult that would be.

it is a pressure clip. use something like a butter knife or thin to release it and gently pull out.

in your case the youtube video is the proper way to take them out. since yours is broken just go all crazy like and dont chip the paint. who cares, youre putting a new one in and dont care about the broken thing in your fender. use a machette or a bulldozer. or go in from the inside like benny said. call me and let me know how that works out for you. :rolleyes:

rock it. if it doesnt rock, use a pair of pliars.

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I know it's not from under the dash as indicated by Benny Beetle. I just had the whole dash apart to put in a new radio.

I "just (went) all crazy like" :) and said some funny words as I was doing it. But I didn't scratch the paint, Ya!
 

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im glad you are doing these repairs yourself, it makes you have a feeling of "proud work" when youre done. i dont let anyone touch my car, unless its major body work. everything else is done by me.

if you have anymore questions just ask us. you will get some crazy answers then you will get right answers. you just have to be able to sort and pick. lol..

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I know it's not from under the dash as indicated by Benny Beetle. I just had the whole dash apart to put in a new radio.

I "just (went) all crazy like" :) and said some funny words as I was doing it. But I didn't scratch the paint, Ya!
My apologies, it's been about 13 years since I last saw a question concerning the side blinkers and the consensus at that time was "thru the dash"(and it could've even been on "beetlebuzz.com" a site that no longer exists) . Glad to hear you were able to get the problem resolved jmh2008.
 

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maybe i should have been more clear. while vortex is very informative, it is not an official manual like i had to read when i was a tech going through training.

i can post changing the oil from the top of the engine but whats the point when that would be the most illogical way to do it.

its absurd to go through the dash to replace a blinker when you can pop it out with a plastic bone tool.

same as replacing the antenna. why take the headliner down when you can cut a hole in the roof and then patch/paint it afterwards. makes sense right?

im in no way trying to get out of the $100, i just dont accept the knowledge base from vortex as a creditable source. especially when its from old man with mental health issues who had 1 leg and balding just on the right side of his head.

do you get what im saying or are you dead set on replacing it that way? cause we can race and ill win.

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well put... that person is very wrong to assume that is the correct way to change a side marker.

my point is simple:

there is no "VW documented" way that i would have learned how to get this light out by going through the dash. in all my years as a VW tech we used a bone tool.

just because some moron found a weird way to fix something doesnt make it right, especially on the interwebs.

kinda done here. "if i win a battle on the internet, all ive done is win the battle on the internet." kinda have better things to do with my life. like change my tire while wearing a straight jacket.

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Not all cars are the same

I have read the blogs/forums, watched the videos and even bought the recommended parts and tools. I think the Beetle is different from other MK4 vehicles, hence when you youtube, you get Passat and Jetta. All the bone tool did was break the cover yielding me with a photo like the original poster. Maybe it is possible to pry, pull or break the light out of the housing, but why risk damage. Turns out I have been putting of changing the cabin filter for months, so since I need to do this, I will take the additional steps to change the repeater lights as well. I bought Blue LED's and I'm looking forward to the electric look.

Benny Beetle, was to show class in the face of doubt, and 007, nicely done punctuation. Anyone can make a mistake, but the doubters here were just haters and it would not surprise me if their vehicles were all scratched up with ill fitting parts from yanking or prying parts off that truly don't require such a physical effort to remove when done correctly.
 

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The other Mark IV vehicles use a bulb based side marker of a different design to the New Beetle.

The LED side marker in the New Beetle is screwed in place. It can't be removed without damaging it unless you undo the screws holding it in from behind. To do that you go through the top of the dash.
 
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