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VW Tiguan Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a low beam, high beam or turn signal light bulb in a 1st generation 2009 to 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.

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2016 Tiguan Headlight
Low Beam - Outer Edge
Plastic Dust Cover
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 low beam, high beam, front turn signal or the DRL (daytime running lamp) / parking light bulb in the headlight assemblies.

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 light bulb part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # H7 (also H7U or 64210L), High Beam # H15, Front Turn Signal # 7507 (or PY21W) and DRL / Parking light # 2825 (or W5W).

No tools are required to access and replace the light bulbs in either the driver or passenger side headlight housings.

Twist Off Counterclockwise
Remove Plastic Dust Cap
Base of Low Beam Socket
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out headlight bulb.

The low beam light bulb is located closer to the outer edge of the headlight assembly.

Locate the round black plastic dust cover on the back side of the low beam housing.

Rotate the dust cap 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight off.

Set the dust cap aside in a safe place.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Remove Low Beam & Base
Separate Bulb & Base
Grasp the grey plastic base of the low beam bulb socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
Old Bulb Removed
Osram H7 64210L
Low Beam Bulb Socket
Carefully separate the old low beam bulb from the grey plastic socket.

If you have trouble separating the old bulb from the socket, try gently wiggling it back and forth while pulling it out of the socket.

The OEM low beam bulb was a part number Osram 64210L (which is also known as the H7 or H7U).

Push On New H7 Bulb
Empty Bulb Housing
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen light bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay. If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with some rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.

Push a new number H7 halogen bulb straight into the socket on the grey plastic base.

Insert the bulb and socket back into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Plastic Dust Cover
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
High Beam - Inner Corner
Line up the round black plastic dust cap with the rear of the low beam bulb housing.

Rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure the cover in place.

The high beam light bulb is located closer to the inner edge of the headlight housing.

Rubber Dust Cover
Pull Off Rubber Dust Cap
High Beam, Turn Signal, DRL

Locate the black rubber dust cover on the back of the high beam housing.

Gently pull the rubber cover off and set it aside in a safe place.

Once the rubber cover is out of the way, you'll be able to see the black and orange high beam bulb socket, the white plastic DRL / parking light bulb holder and the black plastic front turn signal socket tab.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
High Beam Bulb Removed
Halogen High Beam
Grasp the black and orange plastic base of the old high beam bulb and turn it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.


Osram H15 High Beam
Empty Bulb Housing
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay. If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel moistened with some rubbing alcohol.

Insert a new number H15 halogen high beam light bulb straight into the housing before turning it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it into place.

New High Beam Installed
DRL / Parking Light
Lift Up Plastic Tab
The DRL / parking light bulb socket can be accessed through the opening for the high beam housing.

Grasp the tan / white plastic piece and lift the tab out of its slot.

Lift Peg Out of Slot
Pull Out Bulb Socket
DRL Bulb Housing
Once the peg is free from the socket, gently pull the white / tan plastic bar straight out of the headlight housing.

At the end of the bar, you'll see the socket for the DRL (daytime running lamp) / parking light bulb.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Push In New Light Bulb
Replace Bulb Socket
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new miniature wedge base number 2825 light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have a brighter DRL light, install a compatible replacement 2825 LED bulb.

Re-insert the DRL bulb socket into its housing in the headlight assembly.

Push Peg Into Socket
Black Plastic - Turn Signal
Pull DRL Out of the Way
Push the small white plastic peg at the end of the DRL bulb socket bar into its mounting bracket. It should "click" securely into place.

The front turn signal light bulb socket is located next to the DRL bulb.

Grasp the large ribbed black plastic tab and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

I found that it was easier to access the turn signal bulb socket by first removing the DRL bulb socket again.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Turn Signal Socket Removed
Push Down & 1/4 Turn CC
Push the old turn signal light bulb straight down into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.
Turn Signal Bulb Removed
Push In & 1/4 Turn Clockwise
Turn Signal Bulb Housing
Push a new amber colored number 7507 (also known as part # PY21W) light bulb straight into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it into place.
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Turn Signal Socket Installed
Replace DRL / Parking Light
If you removed the DRL / parking light socket, push it back into place.
Push On Rubber Cover
Test New Headlight Bulbs
Testing High Beam Bulb
Line up the black rubber cover and push it back into place over the back side of the high beam housing.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the headlights, activate the hazard signals and flash the high beams.

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

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