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VW Passat Dome Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a 2012 to 2015 Volkswagen Passat with the part number.

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2015 Passat Dome Lights
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Lens Cover Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the NMS (new midsize sedan) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and the revised 2016 Volkswagen Passat sedan in changing a burnt out dome light bulb in the overhead housing or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles such as the Beetle, 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.

The replacement bulb is part number 2825 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You may also use a # 168, 194 or a compatible LED bulb.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool used to pry out the translucent plastic lens cover.

Two Old Bulbs Exposed
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # 2825 (W5W) Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or instead use a plastic automotive panel removal pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the lens cover and the overhead light housing.

Gently pry out the lens cover. You may need to re-insert the screwdriver in several locations to remove the lens cover.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Grasp the old light bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.


Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New # 2825
Line Up Tabs & Slots
Push a new number 2825 light bulb straight in to the socket.

You can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 158, 194 or a brighter LED unit.

Line up the tabs on the lens cover with their corresponding mounting holes on the housing.

Gently Pop In Lens Cover
Lens Cover Replaced
Test New Dome Light Bulbs
Gently snap in the lens cover.

Test the dome (A.K.A. rear passenger reading / courtesy) light bulbs by pressing the "On/Off" button.

For more, check out all of my Volkswagen Passat DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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