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VW Beetle: Tail Light Bulb Replacement
April 26 , 2006 161 comments
I love the web! You can find anything!
I got a bit frustrated when my VW Beetle manual said bring to the car to the dealership to have a bulb replaced so that’s how this all started.
I found this: “How to replace your tail light bulb.”
I retyped it because it was in all caps, so it was hard to read. What a great post and added some additional tips! Thanks angelhdz!
Things you will need
- Gloves or a towel
- butter knife or a flat screwdriver
- new tail light bulb (7528 Sylvania)
If you want to further your knowledge on your VW beetle. I bought this book to help guide me along. It has some tips and its a nice reference to have.
Use gloves, so you do not touch the tail light bulb. Plus its easier to grip the tail light bulb. The grease/oil from your hands, even if you just washed, it will make the bulb burn out faster.
Let's get started
Remove the cover (it's round) from the inside of your trunk.
Use a butter knife or flat screwdriver to leverage it out. There is a notch on one side so you can slip the butterknife/flat head screwdriver in to pop it out.
When you take that part off, there will be a black knob that needs to be unscrewed totally to release the back light casing.
Along the rear fenders where the lights are, there are two gaps. The inside gap (nearest hatch back door), is a release tab/clip on the light inside between the gaps.
Insert a butter knife or something slim and pull out the casing (don't be afraid, and it take a little force to pull it out).
After you pull out the casing, you'll find two light switches (one is for the turn signal, and the other is for your brake light).
Turn the light switch counter clockwise (assuming it's hanging upside down) and remove.
Switch it out
Switch the tail light bulb with new one (Advance Auto Parts: $4.17)
There are little dots on the bottom of the bulb that need to be in the right place. You will notice that one is higher than the other. They need to be in the right slot otherwise you will be cursing yourself when it doesn't rotate.
Put it in reverse
Replace everything back as you uninstalled it.
It is recommended to replace all the tail light bulbs, that way you don't have to do it again later when they go out. It'll save you lots of time... which we never have enough of and you have the extra bulb just sitting there waiting.
Additional Posts about VW Beetle Lights
If you are looking for how to change out your VW Beetle Third Brake Light or replacing your VW Beetle Headlight. Please don't ask me about any additional VW Beetle fix it questions. I only post what I have done. It keeps me out of trouble. I am not a mechanic. Thank you!
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