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Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance "how-to" tutorials for the NMS 2012 to 2015 Volkswagen Passat.

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2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2012-2015 VW Passat Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a "NMS" (new midsize sedan) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and the updated 2016 Volkswagen Passat can become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.

   

2012-2015 VW Passat Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Map Light Bulbs Change

2. 2012-2015 VW Passat Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your Volkswagen Passat (or upgrade both bulbs to brighter LED units) check out my DIY tutorial, with the replacement part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 VW Passat Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Vanity Mirror Light Bulb

3. 2012-2015 VW Passat Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb located in the headliner above the sun visor of your Volkswagen Passat (or upgrade the bulb to a brighter LED unit) click on the text link or thumbnail image below to view my DIY guide including the replacement part numbers.

   

2012-2015 VW Passat Dome Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Dome Light Bulbs Change

4. 2012-2015 VW Passat Dome Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you'd like to upgrade both of the dome light bulbs to brighter LED units or just change a burnt out incandescent bulb, check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 VW Passat HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Cabin Air Filter Change

5. 2012-2015 VW Passat A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the air conditioning system in your 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 Volkswagen Passat hasn't been working as well recently or the air coming out of the vents smells a bit musty or moldy, you probably need to clean or change the A/C system's cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Door Panel Removal

6. 2012-2015 VW Passat Plastic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM door speakers in your Volkswagen Passat, you'll first have to remove the plastic interior door panels.

Check out my DIY tutorial for taking off the door panels by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

7. 2012-2015 VW Passat Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble seeing out of the front windshield window of your Passat during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the wiper blades.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (including the OEM blade sizes in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link or the thumbnail picture.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
License Plate Light Bulbs

8. 2012-2015 VW Passat License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

This 2015 Passat TSI was equipped with LED license plate lights from the factory, but the earlier 2012, 2013 and 2014 model years had a traditional incandescent bulb with a relatively short life span.

To view my DIY tutorial for changing the light bulb or installing an LED upgrade, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Tail Light Bulbs Change

9. 2012-2015 VW Passat Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light assemblies of a NMS 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (and maybe also the updated 2016) Volkswagen Passat contain the brake, rear turn signal, reverse and two parking light bulbs.

If you need to change a burnt out tail light bulb, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link or the thumbnail image to the left.



 


Cargo Area Light Bulb

10. 2012-2015 VW Passat Trunk Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk of your Passat (or upgrade it to a brighter LED unit), check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Air Filter Change

11. 2012-2015 VW Passat Turbo 1.8L I4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element for the turbocharged TSI 1.8 liter inline four cylinder motor in a 2014, 2015 or 2016 Volkswagen Passat should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
Electrical Fuse Change

12. 2012-2015 VW Passat Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide

The first place to start when troubleshooting any electrical problem with your 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or the revised 2016 Volkswagen Passat is to check for a "blown" fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat 12V Car Battery Replacement Guide
12V Car Battery Change

13. 2012-2015 VW Passat 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty starting the engine in your Passat on a cold morning and the OEM 12 volt car battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it.

To view my DIY instructions for changing the 12V battery, including the OEM group size and compatible replacement part numbers, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2014-2016 VW Passat 1.8L Turbo I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Spark Plugs Change

14. 2014-2016 VW Passat Turbo 1.8L I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

If you'd like to check or change the OEM spark plugs in the TSI turbocharged 1.8 liter inline four cylinder engine of your 2014, 2015 or 2016 VW Passat, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Headlight Bulbs Change

15. 2012-2015 VW Passat Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight housings of a 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and the updated 2016 Volkswagen Passat contain the low beam, high beam, front turn signal, front side marker and DRL (daytime running lamp) light bulbs.

Take a look at my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2014-2016 VW Passat 1.8L Turbo I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
1.8L Engine Oil Change

16. 2014-2016 VW Passat TSI 1.8L Turbo I4 Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your 2014, 2015 or 2016 Passat running reliably is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the oil filter in the TSI 1.8 liter inline four cylinder turbocharged engine.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement filter part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2014-2016 VW Passat TSI Serpentine Belt Replacement Guide
Serpentine Belt Change

17. 2014-2016 VW Passat TSI 1.8L Serpentine Accessory Belt Replacement Guide

If the OEM serpentine accessory belt in your 2014, 2015 or 2016 Volkswagen Passat TSI with the 1.8 liter inline four cylinder turbocharged motor has been making a squeaking or chirping noise, you probably need to replace it.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   


Front Brake Pads Change

18. 2012-2015 VW Passat Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a screeching or grinding noise coming from the front end of your 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or the revised 2016 Volkswagen Passat when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to change the front brake pads.

Check out my DIY steps for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Rear Brake Pads Change

19. 2012-2015 VW Passat Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads tend to last twice as long as the front pads or anywhere from 60,000 miles to over 100,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

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