Not familiar with this car, but on my (older) A6, the "other" lights
within the head light cluster are actually the fog lights - they are
next to the regular head lights, rather than in the bumper as you
No owners manual??
Those are typically the high beams so would be stalk-controlled (i.e.,
push turn signal stalk forward for high beams, back for low beams). If
they are fog lights, on my car they are controlled by pulling the
headlight switch out from the dash - once for front and a second notch
for the rear light....
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA
That's what I thought, but the lights do not come on.
There are 2 big reflectors in the headlight cluster. One of them has some
kind of lens, the other (the innermost one) does not. When I turn on the
light, only the one with the lens turns on. When I switch to Hi-beam (by
pushing the stalk on the steeiring wheel), the same lamp gets brighter, but
the other lamp stays dark. Very strange.
And yes, I do have a manual. It says: To turn on the hi-beam, push the
stalk. No word about which lamps should be bright.
Guess I need to "investigate" further.
As I understand, the bi-xenon lights use the same lamp for both low
beam and high beam. There's a shutter mechanism being switched when
you move the stalk so that actually the xenon light gets reflected by
a differently shaped reflector in the back of the housing for high
beam, throwing a larger and different pattern.
The light casings you see might as well be for the non bi-xenon high
beams. They would light up when low beam is switched off and high beam
is switched on in a non xenon equipped car.
In your car they might just not be operating, but it's cheaper to use
the same assembly.
That's definitely a possibility. Strange though, that there is even a
bulb in the lamp...
I can see your other point, though. I did notice that the light does
not turn on immediately, but flickers for a fraction of a second, then
turns on more gradually. Something I have not seen in a standard light
bulb. Probably the Xenon lamps.
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