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VW Tiguan Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a 1st generation 2009 to 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV.

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2016 Tiguan Cargo Area
Insert Plastic Pry Bar Tool
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Volkswagen Tiguan SUV in changing a burnt out light bulb in the cargo area.

Owners of other VW or Audi vehicles such as the Jetta, Passat, CC, Atlas, Touareg, Golf, Beetle, A3, S3, RS 3, A4, S4, A5, A6, S6, A7, S7, RS 7, A8, Q3, Q5, TT and Q7 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.'

The compatible replacement festoon style light bulb is part number 7576 or DE7576.

You can also install a brighter LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

Remove Light Housing
Push In Release Tabs
Insert the blade of the plastic pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver in between the rear edge of the light housing and the fabric cargo area panel.

Gently pry out the light housing.

Pinch together the two black plastic tabs on the electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

Light Housing Disconnected
Remove Old Light Bulb
If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it. The old bulb might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Carefully pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

GE 7576F 12V 10W
Empty Bulb Socket
The OEM festoon style light bulb was part number GE 7576F (12V 10W 521).

Push a new number DE7576 light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have a brighter cargo area light, install a compatible DE7576 LED bulb.


Install New Bulb
Push In Power Plug
Push the power plug straight into the socket on the light housing.

If the new light bulb doesn't turn on immediately, try pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the interior lights.

If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try removing it, rotating it 180 degrees and pushing it back into the socket.

Some LED bulbs are polarized and they must be installed in the correct orientation.

Re-Insert Front Edge First
Gently Pop In Retaining Clip
Then re-insert the wires and front edge of the light housing back into the cargo area panel.

Gently snap in the retaining clip on the rear edge of the housing to secure it in place.

Light Housing Replaced
Test New Cargo Area Light
Be sure to record the bulb change in your SUV's service records.

For more, please check out my other 2009-2017 VW Tiguan DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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