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VW Tiguan Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse in a 1st generation 2009 to 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV.

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2016 Tiguan Engine Bay
Cover Release Switch
Slide Switch Forward
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 checking or changing a blown fuse in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

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 Tiguan is equipped with both ATC fuses and the smaller standard ATM mini blade fuses which can be purchased at any auto parts store, Walmart or online at Amazon.

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be included on the back side of the driver side storage compartment drawer.

Slide Forward Second Switch
Lift Off Fuse Box Cover
Fuse Box Cover Removed
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The engine bay fuse box is located to the right of the 12V automotive battery box and behind the engine air filter box.

Locate the two sliding switches on the top of the fuse box cover.

Slide the two switches forward to unlock the fasteners and release the air box cover.

Carefully lift off the fuse box cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Engine Bay Fuse Panel
Driver Side Dashboard
Open Storage Drawer
There is a fuse location diagram in your owner's manual.

The interior passenger compartment fuse panel is located behind the storage compartment drawer on the lower left of the dashboard on the driver's side.

Open the storage compartment and empty out any contents.

Pull Apart Plastic Hinges
Hinge & Mounting Bar
White Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
Firmly pull out the storage drawer to disconnect the two "C" shaped hinges from their mounting bars.

Turn over the storage drawer to access the white plastic fuse puller tool.

Interior Fuse Block
Place Jaws Over Fuse
Pull Out Old Fuse
Once the storage compartment is out of the way, you'll be able to view the interior electrical fuse panel.

Squeeze the end of the tool to open the jaws.

Place the jaws over the colored plastic part of the old fuse that you would like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.


Hold Up To Light Bulb
Line Up Fuse & Socket
Push In New ATC / ATO
To check the condition of the old fuse, hold it up to a light source.

If the thin metal bar or "band" in the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be burnt and broken, the old fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced with a new fuse of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5A, 10A, 15A).

If the thin metal strip in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the fuse might still be good. Since new fuses are so inexpensive, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical problem troubleshooting process.

Many Volkswagen models, including the Tiguan, are equipped with both the larger ATC / ATO fuses and also the smaller standard ATM mini blade fuses.

Push a new fuse of the same type and amperage rating straight into the socket.

Line Up Fuse Box Cover
Push On Fuse Box Cover
Line up the engine bay fuse box cover with the electrical panel.

Push the fuse box cover down into place.

Slide the two plastic tabs back (towards the windshield) to "lock" the fuse box cover in place.

Slide Back Switches - Lock
Fuse Box Cover Secured
Replace Fuse Puller Tool
Double check that the fuse box cover is securely in place.

Push the white plastic fuse puller tool back into place on its mounting bracket on the underside of the storage compartment drawer.

Line Up Plastic Hinges
Snap Together Hinges
Close Storage Drawer
Line up the two plastic hinges on the storage drawer with their mounting bars.

Firmly push the "C" shaped sockets on to the bars until they pop into place.

Replace the contents of the storage drawer and close it.

Test the electrical component that you were having a problem operating such as the radio, power windows, tail lights, horn, headlights, A/C system, interior lights, rear window wiper, etc.

If the same issue still persists, there might a shorted wire somewhere or the electrical component itself needs to be replaced.

Be sure to record the fuse change in your SUV's service records just in case it becomes a persistent problem.

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

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