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VW Jetta Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a brake, turn signal, reverse or parking bulb in the tail lights of a 2011 to 2016 MK6 Volkswagen Jetta.

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2012 Jetta Tail Light
Fabric Access Cover
Pull Out Access Panel
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation MK6 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Volkswagen Jetta in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles with similar cargo area or trunk light bulb housings 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.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7528 (A.K.A. 1157 or P21/5W), Rear Turn Signal # 7506 (A.K.A. 1156 or P21W), Reverse # 7506 (A.K.A. 1156 or P21W) and Parking Light # 5007 (or R5W).

No tools are needed to replace the brake or rear turn signal light bulbs.

To replace the reverse or parking light bulbs located in the inner housing on the trunk lid, you'll need a flathead screwdriver or a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Loosen Counter Clockwise
Remove Plastic Screw
Pull Off Tail Light Assembly
The first two steps are to pop open the trunk and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out bulb.

To replace either the Brake or Rear Turn Signal light bulbs, move to the inside corner of the trunk and pull out the rectangular fabric access panel from the carpeted trunk liner.

Loosen the white plastic spring loaded screw by turning it counter clockwise until it can be removed. Set it aside in a safe place.

Gently pull off the tail light assembly from the rear corner of the vehicle.

If you have trouble removing the tail light, try gently wigging the housing while pulling it straight back.

Tail Light Power Plug
Pinch Sides - Release Plug
Turn Signal & Brake
Squeeze together the two sides of the black plastic power plug to disconnect it from the housing.

Turn over the housing and locate the two plastic release tabs.

Two Plastic Release Tabs
Squeeze Together Tabs
Lift Out Bulb Bracket
Gently pinch the two release tabs towards each other and lift the bulb bracket out of the tail light housing.
Brake / Parking Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb
Push Down Bulb Bracket
The silver metal around the brake light bulb is marked with the letters "P21W/5W" and the turn signal bulb is marked by the letters "P21W".

To replace either one, push down on the bulb and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Push in a new bulb and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

A new dual filament brake light bulb is part number 7528 which is also known as 1157 or "P21/5W".

A new turn signal bulb is part number 7506, 1156 or "P21W".

Pop In Retaining Clips
Plug In Electrical Connector
Line Up Friction Fastener
Line up the bulb bracket and push it down on to the rear of the housing until it clicks securely in to place.

Push the power plug in to its socket on the rear of the housing.

Line up the friction fastener on the rear of the housing with its corresponding slot on the vehicle.


Push On Tail Light Housing
Tighten Spring Loaded Screw
Re-Insert Trunk Liner Cover
Push the tail light assembly back in to place on the rear corner of the vehicle.

Re-insert the plastic spring loaded screw and tighten it in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Do not over tighten the screw to avoid cracking the plastic housing.

Push the fabric access cover back in to place on the carpeted trunk liner.

Parking & Reverse Lights
Underside of Trunk Lid
Pry Off Plastic Cover
The Rear Parking and Reverse (or "back up") bulbs are located inside a separate light housing attached to the trunk lid.

Pry off the rectangular plastic access cover on the underside of the trunk lid just behind the light housing.

Two 10mm / Flathead Nuts
Loosen with 10mm Socket
Or Use Flathead Screwdriver
Loosen the two nuts by turning them counter clockwise with either a flathead screwdriver or a 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.
Spin Off Two Nuts
2 Nuts Removed
Pull Off Inner Tail Light
Set the two nuts aside in a safe place.

Gently pull the inner tail light housing off the trunk lid.

If you have trouble removing the tail light assembly, try gently wiggling the tail light by pulling on it and/or tap on the metal screw ends.

Squeeze - Release Plug
Parking & Reverse Lights
Gently Push Out Tabs
Squeeze together the two sides of the black plastic power connector to release it from the rear of the housing.

Gently push out the silver metal tabs to release the black plastic bulb bracket from the housing.

Lift Off Bulb Bracket
5007 (R5W) Parking Light
Push Down & 1/4 Turn CC
Lift the bulb bracket out of the housing and turn it over to access the bulbs.

The reverse bulb is marked on the silver metal surrounding the socket by the letters "P21W" and the rear parking light bulb is marked by the letters "R5W".

To remove either bulb, push down on the bulb and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Push in a new bulb and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

A new reverse bulb is part number 7506 and is also known as # 1156 or "P21W".

A new rear parking light bulb is part number 5007 from Sylvania or "R5W" from various other manufacturers.

Push Down Bulb Bracket
Snap Tabs In Place
Push In Power Plug
Push the bulb bracket down in the housing until it snaps securely in to place.

Push the power plug back in to its socket at the rear of the housing.

Lower Outer Edge In Place
Lower Inner Edge
Push Down Light Housing
Lower the outer edge of the housing back in to place first over the lip of the trunk lid and then lower down the inner edge.
Spin On Two Nuts
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Tighten Both 10mm Nuts
Spin on the two nuts in the clockwise direction and tighten them with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench or a flathead screwdriver.
Line Up Plastic Cover
Snap Access Panel In Place
Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Line up the plastic access panel and gently pop it back in to place.

Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone step on the brake pedal, turn on the parking lights, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

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

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