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VW Jetta Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk of a 6th generation 2011-2016 MK6 Volkswagen Jetta.

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2012 Jetta Trunk Light
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Pry Out - Notch On Left
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Pull Down Light Housing

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 cargo area light bulb in the trunk.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles with similar cargo area or trunk light bulb housings such as the Passat, CC, Tiguan, Golf, Touareg, Beetle, GTI, SportWagen, Eos, Rabbit, Bora, Vento, Lavida, 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 bulb is part number 6411 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

You may also use a compatible LED bulb approximately 41mm in size.

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

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Gently Pry Out Bulb
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Old Bulb Removed
Carefully insert the blade of your flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the left side of the trunk light housing.

Gently pry out the housing.

Press the release tab on the black plastic power plug and pull it straight off the housing.

Either pull out the old bulb with your fingers or very carefully pry it out with the small flathead screwdriver.

Do not apply force to the glass part of the bulb with the screwdriver to avoid having it shatter.

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

You may also use a brighter LED bulb that is approximately 41mm in length.

If necessary, you could probably bend the metal electrical contacts to use the shorter 35mm # 6418 bulb.

(Hint: If you are installing an LED bulb and it does not work at first. Try flipping the bulb around in the opposite direction within the socket.)

Push the power plug back in to place on the housing. If the new bulb is working properly, it should light up immediately.

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Re-Insert Wires First
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Gently Pop In Left Side
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Test New Trunk Light Bulb
Re-insert the wires on the right side of the housing back in to the roof of the trunk first.

Then gently snap in the retaining clip on the left side of the housing.

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

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