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Old 02-19-2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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I just attempted to replaced my HID bulbs on my 2013 Q5. I must said, it was a real bitch. Accessing the bulbs were fairly easy, getting the bulb off was not. Getting it back on, was pretty much impossible. I had to used pliers to get one side off. I was not able to get them back on the same way, unless installing them requires less force. I pretty much put the cover back on hoping the bulb does not come back out.

I used the document in this link,

http://www.justanswer.com/audi/5cn4k...-assembly.html

It's doesn't have detail image of the spider like spring that holds the bulb in.

Anyone else changed out the bulb yet? There wasn't much in the web on changing bulbs for our car.

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Here you go

http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/20...ghts/headlight
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Thanks for link. The steps to remove are the same for the 2013 2.0T with HIDs. But the bulb and spring that holds the bulb are different. I'll have to post a pic when I get to my laptop.
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The carcare video is for replacing a conventional light bulb. FWIW, an HID system uses "capsules" not light bulbs. That's the industry terminology, and whenever you see someone telling you how to change "HID bulbs" that's a red flag that they may not really be familiar with the difference between real HIDs and something like "plain" xenon or halogen headlights. (A lot of unscrupulous sellers sell "HID bulbs" that have filaments in them, do not use ballasts, and are in fact just replacement light bulbs of varying quality.)

I haven't touched the HIDs in this car yet, but in the last one, the capsule was accessed by unscrewing a couple of screws that held down an aluminum retainer strap, then just popping out the capsule, which was seated with a high-temperature silicone gasket to ensure a waterproof seal. No forcing should be required, although the retainer (whatever kind) will probably exert a bit more force because HID capsules are usually very precisely positioned and then very tightly secured so that they are precisely focused.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:27 AM   #6
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Just wondering....

Why would you want to, or need to do this on a 2013 vehicle?
I'm assuming that since it's a 2013, the "bulb" shouldn't have blown out already.

And if by some fluke it was blown out, wouldn't it be covered under warranty?

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Just wondering....

Why would you want to, or need to do this on a 2013 vehicle?
I'm assuming that since it's a 2013, the "bulb" shouldn't have blown out already.

And if by some fluke it was blown out, wouldn't it be covered under warranty?
bulbs are not covered under warranty, if you had purchased the car for like a few months. Some dealers would replace it for you no charge at all. its usually the igniters that fail instead of the bulb.
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bulbs are not covered under warranty, if you had purchased the car for like a few months. Some dealers would replace it for you no charge at all. its usually the igniters that fail instead of the bulb.
I do not know for U.S. market,in EU and ME is covered by the warranty, because they are not standard bulbs, xenon bulbs that are costly
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I do not know for U.S. market,in EU and ME is covered by the warranty, because they are not standard bulbs, xenon bulbs that are costly
Control unit are a problem in DRL for MY2009-2010
usually bulbs aren't covered. if the car was 1-2yr old dealers wont give you new bulbs. all depends on the dealers thou. if it is the control unit they will replace them. for light bulbs for interior and exterior its hard to convince the dealers to replace for free in USA. everything is money to them lol
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usually bulbs aren't covered. if the car was 1-2yr old dealers wont give you new bulbs. all depends on the dealers thou. if it is the control unit they will replace them. for light bulbs for interior and exterior its hard to convince the dealers to replace for free in USA. everything is money to them lol
Standard light bulbs are not covered under warranty, but are xenon Yes
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Standard light bulbs are not covered under warranty, but are xenon Yes
im not sure about xenon. they are extremely expensive to replace on our own.
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Thanks for the diagram. I was able to get the bulbs/capsules in last night and all is fine now. I was not aware that we had to turn the entire capsule unit to get it off. That might explained why simply pushing it straight in didnt quite lock the bulb in place.

My passenger side started flickering and I used that as an excuse to change out the bulbs.
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im not sure about xenon. they are extremely expensive to replace on our own.
Agreed that Xenons are expensive.... That said, they should last *many* hours longer than the conventional halogen bulbs, which is why I would expect them to be fully covered under warranty.

So back to the OP:

Is there a reason as to why you want to change the Xenons in your '13Q5?
Aesthetics? Or do you have an issue that the dealer or Ao(x) isn't willing to repair?
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My passenger side started flickering and I used that as an excuse to change out the bulbs.
Did you raise this issue with your dealer?
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Wish the Q5 allowed the full LED upgrade option like some of the more expensive models. I assume you pretty much never need to replace those...
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Agreed that Xenons are expensive.... That said, they should last *many* hours longer than the conventional halogen bulbs, which is why I would expect them to be fully covered under warranty.

So back to the OP:

Is there a reason as to why you want to change the Xenons in your '13Q5?
Aesthetics? Or do you have an issue that the dealer or Ao(x) isn't willing to repair?
OEM should last for awhile, ive had aftermarket D3s they burnt out in a few months
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The numbers I've seen are that prime quality HID capsules will last 10x longer than prime quality filament bulbs.

If the warranty says "no bulbs" that's actually great, as Phillips, Sylvania, and other prime manufacturers will gladly tell the dealer and Audi that HID capsules are not bulbs.

No matter how Audi may have incorrectly translated whatever they are called in Germany.

There would have to be a manufacturing defect, allowing the gas to leak out of the capsule, or a major failure of the ballast (overvoltage) to cause an HID capsule to fail in just a year.
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Wish the Q5 allowed the full LED upgrade option like some of the more expensive models. I assume you pretty much never need to replace those...
For a full LED models there is no option of replacing the bulb, only complete headlight .... price about $ 4,000 (without power module)
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OEM should last for awhile, ive had aftermarket D3s they burnt out in a few months
OEM Xenons in my '01 A6 are still going strong and they've been used daily as Daytime Running Lights for the past two years.

I'm sure that now that I've posted this, they'll experience a failure within a week. lol.
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Offhand and without checking:
Tungsten bulbs, filament bulbs, have a typical lifetime of 2000 hours. Although I recently had one fail in under 200, I'll put that down to it being made in a country with no name.
I don't think I've ever had a headlight burn out in under five years, but then again I'm not running cross country every night.

HID capsules, supposed to last at least 10x longer, vaguely 20,000 hours.

And prime quality LEDs are industry-standard rated to retain 50% of their brightness at 50,000 hours, which may be only half of their lifetime but "time to replace". I haven't heard any comments about LED headlights but would expect they are over-driver to get the brightness, which would cut their life down significantly if true.
By the time any new LED headlights do burn out, I'd expect repair/rebuild options to be available. The actual LEDs aren't commonly available yet--but that always changes. With the rate of technology change in LEDs, it is possible the current ones will be totally obsoleted and have to be replaced as a whole unit, sure.
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