Often being ignored for the Golf, the Volkswagen Polo is an excellent little hatchback that has grown and improved over the years. Regardless of the improvement, there are still some key areas that you can improve with some aftermarket upgrades – like the light bulbs.
This little german car seems small, but has quite a lot of bulbs that you can replace. To find the correct ones, we have outlined the list of the bulb sizes.
Reasons for replacing the bulbs on a Volkswagen Polo
Since the light bulb’s only task is to illuminate, you have only two reasons for a replacement: busted bulb or upgrade.
A busted light somewhere in the cabin may not be a big problem, but the lights on the exterior are very important, and they need to work at all times. If a bulb goes bad, you need to replace it as soon as you can because it is not safe to drive a vehicle with a non-working bulb, and if you get pulled over for it, you may be in trouble.
Upgrading is the second reason, which is not as important as the first one. Often vehicles may have one of two LED bulbs, but most of them will be HID or halogen. To improve how things look in the lighting department, you can replace them.
Are the positive sides to upgrading halogen or HID to LED bulbs?
Yes, there are several that are worth mentioning.
When you are replacing something, you expect it to last a long time, so with LEDs, that problem is settled. On average, LED bulbs will last over 30-40 thousand hours easy, making them very long-lasting.
Another thing that people do not pay too much attention to is power consumption. It may seem irrelevant in a vehicle, but it is not. Replacing your bulbs with LED means that they will consume less power from the alternator, so you would technically be prolonging its lifespan as well.
As a bonus advantage, there is the brightness. LED bulbs can shine brighter while consuming less power and last longer.
Replacing the headlight bulb on a Volkswagen Polo
Open the hood and disconnect the power from the vehicle’s battery.
Unscrew the two bolts/screws that hold the headlight assembly in place. Disconnect the cable on the back and pull the headlight forward. On the back of the assembly, remove the plastic cover, and disconnect the connector from the back of the bulb. Remove the clip holding the bulb in place and remove it. When installing the new bulb, make sure the clip in the exact position as before.
Can I replace the entire headlight assembly on a Polo?
Yes, the assembly is replaceable, and you can follow the steps from the previous section.
Will LED bulbs melt the plastic housing?
No. LED bulbs generate much less heat compared to halogen or HID bulbs, so they will cause no damage to the plastics.
- First generation (Typ 86; 1975–1981)
- Second generation (Typ 86C; 1981–1994)
- Third generation (Typ 6N/6KV; 1994–2002)
- Fourth generation (Typ 6Q/9N/9N3; 2002–2009)
- Fifth generation (Typ 6R/6C/61; 2009–2018)
- Sixth generation (Typ AW; 2018–present)
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