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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1998-2001 Volkswagen Passat Headlight Replacement



Tools required:
  • T20 Torx driver

  • Phillips screwdriver (for passenger's side headlight assembly)


Step 1: Lift the vehicle's hood.

NOTE: If you are replacing the passenger's side headlight assembly, you will need to remove the air duct covering the area. Two Phillips screws hold this piece in place.

Step 2: Pull the release ring to disengage the parking light/turn signal casing from the vehicle. Turn the socket counter-clockwise to free the bulb and completely remove the casing.

Step 3: Remove the plug covers on top of the headlight assembly and remove the 3 T20 Torx screws.


Two screws are located beneath the plugs on top of the assembly, and the 3rd is located on the side of the assembly.

Step 4: You can how pull the headlight assembly from the vehicle.

Step 5: Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the back of the headlight assembly.


NOTE: If you ordered your replacement headlight from Go-Parts, it likely includes new bulbs/sockets, as many of our models do! However, in case it doesn't, you can easily remove the bulbs from the old assembly and install them in the new one!

Step 6: Connect the wiring harnesses to the back of the new headlight assembly.

Step 7: Move your new assembly into place using the small tab in the inside edge of the casing as your guide. It will fit into place near the radiator.

Step 8: Secure the headlight assembly by tightening the 3 T20 screws.

Step 9: Reattach the parking light/turn signal.




Please Note

While we are more than happy to create these installation guides for your benefit, we cannot maintain any liability regarding the part, or the driving experience, once the part has been replaced/installed. We always guarantee the quality of the parts we provide, but the installation liability rests solely on the installer.

And, though we are always here to answer your questions, please note that our technicians created these guides for your convenience, and cannot provide assistance beyond this guide.


If you're looking for a good deal on the parts mentioned in this instructional guide, be sure to check these out:

98-01 Volkswagen Passat Headlight Assembly
Driver Side (2000 1999 1998 1997)


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98-01 Volkswagen Passat Headlight Assembly
Passenger Side


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These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998 Volkswagen Passat Headlight Replacement Instructions
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