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VW Tiguan Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the sun visor of a 1st generation 2009-2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.

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2016 Tiguan Sun Visor
Vanity Mirror Light Housing
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
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 vanity mirror light bulb in the headliner housing above the sun visor or upgrading both of them to brighter LED units.

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 6418.

You can also use a brighter 6418 LED bulb.

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

Release Retaining Clip
Remove Light Housing
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces or tearing the fabric headliner, you may choose to either cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or instead use a small plastic automotive trim panel removal tool.

The procedure for accessing the vanity mirror light bulb on either the driver side or passenger side of the SUV are the same.

Insert the blade of your screwdriver or pry bar tool in between the outer edge of the light housing and the headliner.

Gently push in the metal retaining clip to release it and then pull the housing out of the headliner.

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

Old Light Bulb Removed
GE7546F C5W 12V
Empty Bulb Socket
Grasp the old light bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

The OEM bulb was marked as part number GE7546F 12V C5W 542 II.


Push In New Light Bulb
Re-Insert Inner Edge
Pop In Metal Retaining Clip
Push a new number 6418 festoon light bulb straight into the socket.

(The bulb is also known as part number 7546 or C5W.)

If you would like to have brighter vanity lights, install some compatible 6418 LED bulbs.

I recommend testing the new bulb before you re-install the light housing.

Slide open the mirror cover to activate the "On" switch and test the new light bulb.

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

Some LED bulbs are polarized and will only work when orientated in the correct position.

First, re-insert the wires and the inner edge of the light housing into the opening in the headliner.

Then gently snap in the metal retaining clip on the outer edge of the housing.

Light Housing Replaced
Open Mirror Cover
Test New Vanity Light
Test the new light bulb by opening the sliding mirror cover to toggle the "On/Off" switch.

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

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

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