Xenon and headlight bulb replacement

Here you will find useful information and handy tips relating to changing the low beams and changing the xenon lamps in vehicle headlamps.

Light sources in vehicles are subject to natural aging. If they are also subjected to sub-optimal operating conditions, they will fail prematurely. While it is easy to change the light sources on many vehicles, for some vehicle models this work is more complex. This page provides you with useful information on how to deal with the challenge of replacing light sources.

Important safety note
The following technical information and practical tips have been compiled by HELLA in order to provide professional support to vehicle workshops in their day-to-day work. The information provided on this website is intended for use by suitably qualified personnel only.



Dealing with the challenge of replacing light sources

Today's cars are becoming increasingly complex. More and more components need to be integrated into the vehicle, and in extreme cases this can often mean that there is no space between the components in the engine compartment.


This problem becomes particularly noticeable if you need to replace a light source in the headlamp. It could well take you some time to finally locate the headlamp cover, and even when you do, you often need to undo numerous screws to access the headlamp.


On some vehicles, this process is incredibly time-consuming as the entire headlamp first needs to be removed in order to access the light source. You'll likely also find yourself dealing with potential injuries from sharp edges and burrs. The manual for replacing bulbs helps you to successfully master these challenges.


This manual lists the vehicles that involve more complex work. The manual comes with clear work steps and detailed photos to make it easier and more efficient to replace light sources. It makes replacing light sources child's play!


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Audi A3 2.0 TDI PD Audi A1
Audi A6 2.4 with xenon light Audi A4 1.9 TDI with xenon headlights
BMW 3 Series (E91, E92) 330d with xenon light Audi A4 (8K5 / 8K2) with bi-xenon headlights
BMW 5 Series (E60) with xenon light Audi A6 (4F) 2.4-liter
BMW X3 (E83) 2.0-liter diesel Ford S-Max
BMW Z4 (E85) 2.2-liter gasoline with xenon light Land Rover Range Rover Sport with xenon light
Citroën C1 Peugeot 107 Opel Corsa D 1.4
Ford Fiesta 1.4i Skoda Octavia 2.0 FSI with bi-xenon headlights
Ford Focus II 1.6i Skoda Roomster 1.9 TDI with bi-halogen headlights
Honda Jazz Toyota Auris Hybrid
Mercedes Benz A-Class  
Opel Signum / Vectra V6 CDTI with xenon light  
Opel Zafira II 1.6i  
Renault Espace IV  
Renault Laguna (K74) 2.2 dci with xenon light  
Renault Modus  
VW Beetle 1.9 TDI PD  
VW Passat (B5) 1.9 TDI  
VW Polo (9N) 1.4 TDI  


Faulty bulb?

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