How to replace headlights on Audi

How to replace headlights on Audi

Audi, owned by Volkswagen and was established in Germany, is known for its stylish designs and high-powered motorsport vehicles. As with most German car brands, you may wonder why the headlights of modern cars are so bright. That does not have to be the case with high-quality OE Replacement pieces. 

Facts: Do you know? 

  1. Audi founder trained under Karl Benz: 

The founder of Audi, August Horch, began his career as a blacksmith as a young German engineer. After earning his engineering degree before working for Karl Benz, he worked in shipbuilding, the Mercedes-Benz automobile company founder. Horch worked for Benz for three years before launching his own business.

  1. Audi founder started ‘Horch’ automobile company before moving to Audi:

August Horch did not start Audi as his first auto company. Horch founded an automobile company, Horch and Cie, in 1899. Horch Automobiles was a very profitable company that received numerous awards in Europe. Horch decided to start a new business in 1909 after a disagreement with investors, and Audi was born.

  1. Audi means “Listen” in Latin:

Horch decided to form his own company, August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH, after parting ways with A. Horch and Cie. in 1899. Horch was forced to remove the word “Horch” from the business name due to legal and copyright concerns. He eventually agreed on the name ‘Audi,’ which is a Latinized form of Horch and means in Latin ‘listen.’

  1. The Audi logo has four rings which represent the four companies of the Auto Union:

While the Horch car company and Horch himself got off to a shaky start, they managed to patch things up in 1932. Audi joined forces with Horch, DKW, and Wanderer to form the Auto Union. Horch specialized in high-end luxury vehicles, Audi specialized in deluxe cars, Wanderer specialized in regular mid-size vehicles, and DKW specialized in small cars and motorcycles. As a consequence, the Auto Union of four firms is represented by four rings.

  1. Audi plans to send a Quattro powered Lunar Rover on Moon:

Google is running a competition called Lunar XPRIZE, which has a $30 million prize pool. The competition challenges scientists to design a Lunar Rover capable of running for 500 meters on the moon’s surface and broadcasting a high-definition live stream from its surface. Audi has teamed up with some German scientists to create the ‘Audi Lunar Quattro,’ a Lunar Rover operated by Quattro.

Prices of Audi headlight conversions bulbs by vehicle model

While most older models of the Audi car brands still make use of halogen bulbs, the impact of installing an advanced headlight system can be enormous. Aside from providing better lighting for nighttime visibility, advanced headlight systems can help prevent certain road accidents by warning you of an obstacle, pothole, or bad road ahead. 

Prices of Audi headlight conversions bulbs by vehicle model
Audi Car Model Car TypeApplication Bulb SizeProduct Price
Audi A4
2006-2008 Audi A4
Main Headlight beam
A4 S4 B7 SMD
Halogen Type
$204 – $220

2009-2012 Audi A4
Main Headlight beam
Light Bar
Left+Right set
$329 – $350

2013-2016 Audi A4
Main Headlight beam
D3SA4 S4
[HID/Xenon Non-AFS]
Factory Projector
$64.86 – $100

Audi A3
Audi A3 Sportback (8PA)
Main Headlight Beam
D3SHeadlight RIDEX
$475.9 – $480

Audi A3 Hatchback (8V1)
Main Headlight Beam
Headlight JOHNS
$560.9 – $590

Audi A3 Convertible (8P7)
Main Headlight Beam
H7Headlight ABAKUS
$360 – $400

Audi A5
Audi A5 B8 Coupe
Main Headlight Beam
Headlight ABAKUS
$360 – $400

Audi A5 B8 Sportback
Main Headlight Beam
Headlight VAN WEZEL
$662 – $750

Audi A6 
Audi A6 C6 AVANT (4F5)
Main Headlight Replacement
H7, H15
Headlight  TYC
$423 – $470

Audi A6 C7 Saloon (4G2, 4GC)
Main Headlight Replacement
H7, H15, PY21, W5W
Headlight HELLA
$339 – $450

Audi TT
Main Headlight Replacement
H7, W5W, H21W
$301 – $350

Audi Q7
Main Headlight Replacement
Headlight VALEO
$760 – $860

Step to replace audi headlight

How to replace audi headlight

Step 1 – Remove plastic rivets

The headlights and most of the rest of the car’s front are protected by a plastic filler plate, which is kept in place by plastic rivets but can be easily removed. 

  • Grasp the middle of the rivet and press down.
  • Pry and cut clips with a puller tool.
  • Take out the plastic panel.
  • Pop the core outward until it projects through the head to reuse rivets.

Step 2 – Remove air filter assembly

The air filter intake assembly on the passenger side restricts access to the headlight housing, but it can be removed easily by;

  • To pry the plastic body apart, use a screwdriver or a pry tool.
  • Pull the air filter intake assembly up and remove it.
  • Remove the whole airbox assembly after dismantling the clamps and clips.

Step 3 – Remove housing bolts

  • Three screws keep the headlight housings in place, so remove them with a Torx bit.

Step 4 – Replace bulbs

The entire headlight assembly will slip out toward the front of the car once the screws are removed.

  • To gain enough access to the back of the assembly, move the bulb housing forward.
  • Remove the spring clip that keeps the access panels shut.
  • To loosen the bulb, wiggle it.
  • Pull the bulb out of the socket.
  • Replace the bulb with a new one.
  • Return it to its original state.

Step 5 – Test the lights

Now that all has been replaced, it’s time to reassemble and put it through its paces.

  • Access panels on headlight housings should be reinstalled.
  • Return the housing to the opening.
  • After moving the headlight housings back into their original positions, tighten the bolts.
  • Protect the hood by closing it.
  • Switch on the headlights to make sure they’re working correctly.

Check the harnesses attached on the housings’ backside to ensure they are not loose, and make sure you haven’t blown a fuse if either light does not turn on.


headlight replacement for an Audi

It’s not difficult to find a headlight replacement for an Audi headlight. There are only a few things you should bear in mind:

Find out how your car’s headlights are set up first. They’ll likely be enclosed beams or capsules. The former is usually found on vehicles at least ten years old, such as the Audi 4000. This arrangement places the headlights directly in front of the car. Newer models, on the other hand, have capsule headlights that are mounted in a headlight socket assembly.

Secondly, you should put into consideration your vehicle’s year, make, and model. These specifications mean that when you shop for a part like an Audi A4 headlight bulb replacement, for example, you’ll get the best fit. Knowing these details will help you have a better shopping experience and a more smooth installation.
Finally, as with all car headlights, maintenance cannot be overlooked. If you would like your new Audi headlights to last longer without you carrying out a replacement every now and then, you should always clean your car headlights using a restoration wipe for best results.

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