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Exterior Trim and Fog Light Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Trim and Fog Light Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$5 to $75

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20 Torx, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New assembly or bulbs

Hot Tip:

Do not touch the bulbs with bare skin

Performance Gain:

See better at night

Complementary Modification:

Polish fog light lens

Fog lights on GTI Mark V can vary. Our project car came with Quartz-Halogen for lights mounted in the front bumper side grills. The side marker lights are also incorporated n the bumper cover. There are two different ways to change out the bulbs or complete units on the vehicle. While you can slide the side marker light towards the front of the vehicle and gently pry the rear of the unit out from the bumper (see picture 4), if you really want to protect your paint it is easier to remove the lower wheel liner.

To remove the lower wheel liner; begin by removing the six lower T25 Torx screws (red arrows shown, yellow arrow not shown) holding the lower liner on.
Figure 1

To remove the lower wheel liner; begin by removing the six lower T25 Torx screws (red arrows shown, yellow arrow not shown) holding the lower liner on.

Next loosening the T25 Torx screw just in front of the strut (red arrow).
Figure 2

Next loosening the T25 Torx screw just in front of the strut (red arrow). The liner is not actually screwed to it so you just need to loosen it enough to allow the liner to slip out.

There are four T25 Torx screws holding the lower liner to the vehicle Three in the front of the wheel well (yellow arrows) and one on the lower front edge (not shown).
Figure 3

There are four T25 Torx screws holding the lower liner to the vehicle Three in the front of the wheel well (yellow arrows) and one on the lower front edge (not shown).

With the Torx screws removed (red arrows) and the inner Torx loosed (yellow arrow) you can slip the liner down and out from the vehicle.
Figure 4

With the Torx screws removed (red arrows) and the inner Torx loosed (yellow arrow) you can slip the liner down and out from the vehicle. If you want to avoid all this work for the side maker, you can place a piece of tape on the rear end of it and slide it towards the front of the vehicle (green arrow).while prying out the back. Our side markers where really stuck so we removed the liners.

From inside the wheel well looking forward you can see the side marker (red arrow), fog light (yellow arrow) and the head light washer nozzle (green arrow).
Figure 5

From inside the wheel well looking forward you can see the side marker (red arrow), fog light (yellow arrow) and the head light washer nozzle (green arrow).

Remove the side marker by pressing in the clip on the edge rear edge (red arrow) and push the assembly out.
Figure 6

Remove the side marker by pressing in the clip on the edge rear edge (red arrow) and push the assembly out.

With the unit out of the bumper you can see the retaining clip (red arrow) and the wiring connection (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

With the unit out of the bumper you can see the retaining clip (red arrow) and the wiring connection (yellow arrow).

Pull the wiring (red arrow) straight back and off the plastic unit (yellow arrow), this will separate them and expose the bulb.
Figure 8

Pull the wiring (red arrow) straight back and off the plastic unit (yellow arrow), this will separate them and expose the bulb.

If you ar3e replacing the bulb pull it straight out of the socket.
Figure 9

If you ar3e replacing the bulb pull it straight out of the socket. Do not touch the bulb with your bare skin as the oils in your skin will cause hot spots on the bulb and decrease its life (red arrow).

Back inside the wheel well you can see the rear of the fog light.
Figure 10

Back inside the wheel well you can see the rear of the fog light. The wiring harness (yellow arrow) connects to bulb (red arrow) which sits in the fog light assembly.

Turn the bulb base counter clockwise until the cut outs in the fog light assembly line up with the tabs in the bulb base (red arrow).
Figure 11

Turn the bulb base counter clockwise until the cut outs in the fog light assembly line up with the tabs in the bulb base (red arrow). If you want to leave the bulb in the housing simply unplug the wiring connection.

Pull the bulb and base straight out of the fog light.
Figure 12

Pull the bulb and base straight out of the fog light. Do not touch the bulb with your bare skin as the oils from your skin will cause hot spots on the bulb and decrease its life.

To remove.
Figure 13

To remove. Polish or aim the fog light you will need to remove the bumper side grills (yellow arrow). The grill is held in place by a Philips head screw (red arrow).

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screw (red arrow).
Figure 14

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screw (red arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry and pull the grill from the plastic mounting clips and holes (red and yellow arrows).
Figure 15

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry and pull the grill from the plastic mounting clips and holes (red and yellow arrows).

You now have enough room to polish the fog light.
Figure 16

You now have enough room to polish the fog light. The fog light is held in place by three T20 Torx screws. If you are removing it remove these screws. If you are aiming the unit there is a single Allen/Torx screw (red arrow) that you can aim with a T20 Torx. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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