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VW Beetle Front Side Marker Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out front side marker light bulb in a 2nd generation 2012-2016 "New" Volkswagen Beetle.

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2015 Beetle Side Marker
Side Marker Light Housing
Remove Wheel Well Screws
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and most likely also the 2016 model year) "New" VW Beetle in changing a burnt out front side marker light bulb located in the front bumper cover by the wheel well.

Owners of other Volkswagen Group vehicles such as the Passat, CC, Tiguan, Golf, Touareg, Jetta, GTI, SportWagen, Eos, Rabbit, Bora, Vento, Lavida, Coccinelle, Maggiolino, Fusca, Audi A3, A4, S4, A6, S6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, A5, S5, and TT may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number W3W or 2821 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

You may also be able to use # W5W, 168 or 2825 or a brighter LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulb is a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver.

Loosen Counterclockwise
Remove Third Screw
Three Torx T-25 Screws
The first step is to turn the steering wheel all the way in the opposite direction of the burnt out side marker bulb.

Turning the front wheels will create some more working room in the wheel well.

Remove the three screws that secure the outer edge of the black plastic wheel well liner or "splash guard" in to place by turning them counterclockwise with the Torx T25 star bit screwdriver.

Set the three screws aside in a safe place.

Pull Back Wheel Well Liner
Rubber Bulb Socket
Optional - Housing Removed
Carefully pull back the wheel well liner to access the back side of the housing.

I popped out the entire light housing from the bumper cover in order to take clear pictures of the process.

This is an optional step and you could easily replace the bulb with out removing the housing.


Pull Out Bulb Socket
Pull Out Old Bulb
Push In New # W3W Bulb
Pull the rubber bulb socket straight off the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # W3W or 2821 bulb.

You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, W5W, 2825, 168, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Push In Bulb Socket
Re-Insert Light Housing
Pop In Retaining Clip
Push the rubber bulb socket straight on to the light housing.

If you removed the light housing from the bumper cover, gently pop it back in to place.

Replace Splash Guard
Tighten 3 Torx T25 Screws
Test New Side Marker Bulb
Push the plastic wheel well liner back in to place.

Re-insert the the three screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction with the Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver until they are snug.

Test the new side marker light bulb by turning on the headlights and activating the hazard signals.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 VW Beetle DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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