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Volkswagen Beetle Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 2nd generation 2012-2016 "New" VW Beetle with photos.

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2015 Beetle Fuse Box
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Push In Release Tab
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Lift Off Fuse Box Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 model year) "New" VW Beetle in checking or changing a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

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.

Replacement mini blade fuses in a variety of amperage ratings (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25) can be purchased at your VW dealer's parts counter, at auto parts stores or online at Amazon.

A white plastic fuse puller tool is included on the back side of the storage drawer covering the interior passenger compartment electrical panel.

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Engine Bay Fuse Panel
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Driver Side Dashboard
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Open Storage Drawer
The engine bay fuse box is located at the right side of the engine bay next to the 12V automotive battery.

Press in the release tab on the rear edge of the fuse box cover before pulling it straight off.

There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the fuse box cover and there should also be another one in your owner's manual.

The interior passenger compartment electrical panel is located behind the small storage drawer compartment on the lower part of the dashboard just in front of the driver's left knee.

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Push In Side Walls
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Remove Storage Compartment
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White Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
Open the storage drawer and firmly push in the two side walls to release the stops.

Pull off the storage drawer to disengage the plastic hinges on the bottom edge.

There is a white plastic fuse puller tool attached to the back side of the storage drawer.

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Interior Electrical Block
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Place Tool Over Old Fuse
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Pull Out Old Fuse
Pinch the end of the tool to open the jaws and place it over the fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.



 

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Hold Up To Light Bulb
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Push In New Fuse
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Pull Out Interior Fuse
Hold the old fuse up to a light source to check it.

If the thin metal bar in the translucent plastic center part of the new fuse appears to be burnt or broken, then it is most likely "blown" and should be replaced with a new one.

If the thin metal strip or "band" looks intact, then the old fuse is probably still good.

But since new fuses are so inexpensive, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical problem troubleshooting process.

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Check Metal Strip In Fuse
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Push Fuse In To Socket
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New Fuse Secured
To check or change a fuse in the interior electrical block, repeat the process.

Be sure to replace the mini blade fuse with a new one of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25).

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Replace Fuse Puller Tool
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Line Up Plastic Hinges
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Push In Side Walls
Replace the fuse puller tool on the back side of the storage drawer.

Re-attach the plastic hinges on the bottom edge of the drawer.

Push in the side walls until the plastic side stoppers can be re-inserted behind the dashboard.

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Close Storage Drawer
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Line Up Fuse Box Cover
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Push On To Secure Clip
Close the storage compartment.

Line up the engine bay fuse box cover and gently push it down in place to secure the retaining clip.

Check the electrical component you were having issues with such as the headlights, power windows, tail lights, horn, radio, windshield wipers, A/C (air conditioning) system or the 12 volt power outlet.

If you are still having the same problem, there may be a shorted wire somewhere or the component itself is faulty and needs to be replaced.

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

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