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VW Beetle License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in a 2nd generation 2012-2016 "New" Volkswagen Beetle with photos.

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2015 Beetle License Plate Lights
Passenger Side Light Housing
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and probably also the 2016 model year) "New" VW Beetle in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper cover below the hatchback door.

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 light bulb is part number 2825.

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

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver.

Press In Release Tab
Pull Out Light Housing
The release tabs for both of the license plate light bulbs are located on the right (passenger) side of the housings.

Gently push in the release tab with a small flathead screwdriver.

Pull the light housing down and out of the bumper cover.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
Pull Out Old Bulb
Old # W5W Light Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New W5W or 168
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push a new # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Retaining Clip
First, re-insert the wires on the left side of the housing in to opening above the license plate.

Then gently pop in the plastic retaining clip on the right side of the housing.

Tabs - Both On Right Side
Test New Light Bulbs
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

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

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