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VW Jetta Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse in a sixth generation 2011 to 2016 MK6 Volkswagen Jetta with photos.

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2012 Jetta Engine Bay Fuse Box
Press Release Tab On Rear
Pull Off Fuse Box Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation MK6 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Volkswagen Jetta in checking or changing a blown electrical fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment fuse panels.

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

Assortment boxes of replacement mini blade fuses and relays in various amperage ratings (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25) can be purchased at stores such as Pep Boys, Napa Auto Parts, Autozone, Advance Auto or online at Amazon.

A plastic fuse puller tool should be included on one of your fuse panels.

If the tool is missing, you may also use a pair of needle nose pliers with rubber insulated handles.

Engine Bay Fuse Block
Driver Left Knee Dashboard
Pull Off Plastic Cover
The engine bay fuse box is located at the right rear area of the engine bay next to the 12V battery and near the driver's seat.

Press the release tab at the top of the fuse box cover and pull it straight off. Set the cover aside in a safe place.

There is a fuse location diagram inside the owner's manual.

The interior passenger compartment fuse panel is located behind a rectangular plastic cover on the lower dashboard just in front of the driver's left knee.

Grab the bottom edge of the cover and pull it straight out of the dashboard.

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Needle Nose Pliers
Pull Out Old Fuse
Place the needle nose pliers over the top plastic part of the fuse you'd like to check or change and pull it straight out of the block.


Hold Fuse Up To Light
Push In New Mini Blade Fuse
New Fuse Installed
Hold the old fuse up to a light source.

If the thin metal strip inside the center of the fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is most likely still good. But since new fuses are so inexpensive, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical problem troubleshooting process.

If the thin metal bar or "band" inside the center of the fuse appears burnt or broken, the fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced with a new one of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25).

Push a new mini blade fuse straight down in to the socket.

(Make sure you don't buy the shorter "low profile" mini blade fuses if your car is equipped with standard mini blade fuses.)

If you would like to hard wire a power source for an automotive accessory such as a radar detector, "dashcam" (dash camera), an extra gauge, a GPS navigation unit or a backup camera display, choose an Add-A-Circuit fuse holder or "tap".

Push On Fuse Box Cover
Re-Insert Tabs On Top
Replace Fuse Access Panel
Push the plastic fuse box cover down in to place over the engine bay fuse panel.

Re-insert the tabs at the top of the interior fuse panel access cover and then gently snap in the lower edge.

If your Jetta's electrical problem still persists after replacing the fuse, you may have a shorted wire somewhere or a broken component (e.g. power window motor, interior lights, wiper motors, horn, etc.).

For more, check out my other VW Jetta DIY Repair Guides.

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