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VW Passat Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 2012 to 2015 Volkswagen Passat sedan.

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2015 Passat Map Lights
Plastic Lens Cover
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
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 the battery in the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system.

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 # 168, 194 or a compatible LED.

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.

Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
Pull Out Old Light 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 edge of the lens cover and the overhead console.

Gently pry out the lens cover.

You might need to re-insert the screwdriver in to the other side of the lens cover.

Try to avoid using excessive force, the lens cover should come out somewhat easily.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

 Be careful when you remove the old light bulb. If the old bulb was recently illuminated, it might still be hot enough to burn your skin.

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

If you have trouble removing the old light bulb, try putting on a latex glove to give your fingers extra grip.

Old Light Bulb Removed
Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New # 2825 Bulb
Push a new number 2825 light bulb straight in to the socket.

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


Test New Map Light Bulb
Re-Insert 3 Plastic Tabs
Replace Plastic Lens Cover
Re-insert the three tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover in to the opening in the overhead console.
Gently Pop In Lens Cover
Lens Cover Replaced
Testing Map Light Bulbs

Then gently snap in the front edge of the lens cover.

Press the "On/Off" buttons to test the new map light bulbs.

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

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