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VW Jetta Dome & Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out dome or map light bulbs in the overhead console of a 6th generation 2011-2016 Jetta.

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2012 Jetta Map & Dome
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Pry Out Lens Cover
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Lens Cover Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation MK6 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Volkswagen Jetta in changing a burnt out dome or map light bulb in the overhead console.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles with similar dome or map light bulb housings such as the Passat, CC, Tiguan, Golf, Touareg, Beetle, GTI, SportWagen, Eos, Rabbit, Bora, Vento, Audi A3, A4, S4, A6, S6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, A5, S5, and TT may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" type dome light bulb is part number 6411 (41mm in size).

You can also use the slightly shorter 35mm # 6418 bulb or a brighter LED unit.

New miniature wedge base map light bulbs are part number 2825.

You may also use the # 168, 158, 194, W5W or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver.

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1 Dome & 2 Map Lights
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Pull Out Old Map Light Bulb
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Push In New # 2825 Bulb
To avoid scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of the screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the the lens cover and the overhead console at the sides or near the front edge.

Very gently pry out the lens cover from the overhead console.

You may need to re-position the screwdriver and pry at the opposite side edge or another section of the front edge. Do not pry out the rear edge of the cover and do not use excessive force.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

To remove the map light bulbs, grasp the bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, 158, 194, W5W or a brighter LED unit.

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Old # 2825 Map Light
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Pull Out Old Dome Light Bulb
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Old # 6411 Festoon Bulb



 

Pull the old dome light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 6411 bulb or a brighter LED unit approximately 41mm or 1.61" (inches) in size.

If necessary, you may also be able to use the slightly shorter 35mm # 6418 festoon style bulb.

(Hint: If you are replacing the dome light with an LED bulb and it does not work at first, try flipping the bulb around in the opposite way within the socket.)

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Push In New # 6411 Bulb
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Test New Light Bulbs
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Line Up Lens Cover
Test the new bulbs by sliding the dome light switch to the "On" position and press the "On/Off" buttons for the map lights.
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Re-Insert Tabs At Rear First
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Snap In Front Edge of Cover
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Test Map & Dome Lights
Line up the lens cover with the overhead console.

Re-insert the two plastic tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover first and then gently pop in the front edge.

Slide the dome light bulb to the "Door" position so that it will illuminate when ever a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other VW Jetta DIY Repair Guides.
 

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