Touareg: 2004 V6
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Denver, CO
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Headlamp Housing Broke
Hi there all, new to the forum and am coming here as a last resort for my problem. Hopefully someone can help me figure this out. Today I went to go and replace the High Beams on my 04 Touareg. The front passenger side was fine. Came out real easy, took out the bulb, replaced and put the housing back in the car no problem. Pulled out the housing on the front drivers side. Again, no problem coming out. Took out the bulb, replaced it, even easier this time since I knew what I was doing. Than my problems started happening when I went to go put the housing back in. Pushed it in until it stopped moving, then I went to go turn the locking mechanism to finish it off - no go. It physically does not want to turn anymore. Maybe I have the runners off? Take it out and put it back in multiple times - same result as before. I turn it once very forcibly and hear something pop; doesn't sound like a good one either. Pull it out and see a plastic rod on the bottom I've never seen before. It's hanging off the bottom now and it looks as if the mechanism is supposed to use the rod to push the housing in. I maybe wrong but that's the way it seemed.
So I put the housing back in and say, "screw it", lets just try turning the locking mechanism. Terrible idea. The mechanism broke off. I then drop the mechanism THREE separate times into the car, trying to get it, each time falling deeper into the car, until the point that I don't even know where it's at anymore. Needless to say I was very angry at this point and didn't care whether the piece was there or not - I just wanted the headlamp to work. I shoved the housing in, the tab clicked in and all was well. Turn on the car - front passenger side headlamp works but the front driver headlamp does not work anymore.
The housing is stuck and I don't know how to take it out anymore and get the headlamps to work. Any and all help is very much appreciated.