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Volkswagen Beetle Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a 2nd generation "New" 2012 to 2016 VW Beetle with pictures.

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2015 Beetle Cargo Area Light
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Pry Out Light Housing

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and probably also the 2016 model year) "New" VW Beetle in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb.

Owners of other Volkswagen Group vehicles such as the Passat, CC, Tiguan, Golf, Touareg, Jetta, GTI, SportWagen, Eos, Rabbit, Bora, Vento, Lavida, Coccinelle, Maggiolino, Fusca, Audi A3, A4, S4, A6, S6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, A5, S5, and TT may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM cargo area light bulb in this 2015 Beetle was a GE7576F (12V 10W). It's also known as the DE7576.

A compatible new "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb is part number 6411 which is 36mm in size. Or a brighter LED unit.

The only tool needed to replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the light housing.

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Light Housing Removed
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Squeeze Together Tabs
Open the hatchback or "tailgate" door to access the cargo area light housing.

Insert a flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the rear edge of the housing.

Gently pry out the housing and remove it from the plastic panel.

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

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Gently Push Out Old Bulb
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Old Bulb Removed
Be careful when you remove the old light bulb. If it was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Either pull the old bulb out of the socket with your fingers or carefully pop it out with the flathead screwdriver.

Avoid applying pressure to the glass part of the old bulb with the screwdriver to prevent from having it shatter.



 

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Insert New # 6411 Bulb
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Push In Power Plug
Insert a new # 6411 festoon bulb in to the socket.

You may also be able to use the # 6418 bulb or a compatible brighter LED unit.

Push the power plug straight in to the socket on the light housing.

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Re-Insert Wires First
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Pop In Retaining Clip
Re-insert the wires in to the opening on the plastic cargo area panel.

Gently pop in the retaining clip on the rear edge of the light housing.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 VW Beetle DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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