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VW Jetta Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in a 6th generation MK6 2011 to 2016 Volkswagen Jetta sedan.

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2012 Jetta Sun Visor
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Insert Screwdriver In Notch
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Pry Out 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 vanity mirror light bulb in the headliner above the sun visor.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles with similar 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" style light bulb is part number 6418 (35mm in size) from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

You may also be able to use the slightly larger 41mm # 6411 bulb or a compatible 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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Pull Down Light Housing
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Release Power Plug
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Pull Out Old Bulb
The first two steps are to flip down the sun visor and then locate the small notch on one side of the vanity mirror light bulb housing.

On the passenger side vanity light of this 2012 Jetta, the notch was on the right side of the housing.

You may choose to cover the tip of your flathead screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth to prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces.

Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch and gently pry out the edge of the light housing.

Pull the light housing down out of the headliner.

Pinch together the two release tabs on the sides of the black power plug before sliding it off the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

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Old # 6418 (35mm) Bulb
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Push In New # 6418 Bulb
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Push On Electrical Connector
Insert a new # 6418 or a compatible LED bulb in to the socket.

You may also be able to use the slightly longer 41mm # 6411 bulb and bend back the metal electrical contact tabs.

Push the power plug back in to place on the side of the housing.

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New Bulb Lit Up
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Testing New Vanity Bulb
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Re-Insert Wires First
If the new bulb is working, it should turn on immediately when you re-connect the power plug.

(Hint - If you are replacing the standard incandescent bulbs with brighter LED units and they don't work at first, try flipping them around in the opposite direction within the socket.)

Re-insert the wires and electrical connector back in to the headliner first.

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Pop In Other Side Housing
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Housing Re-Installed
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Vanity Light Bulb Replaced
Gently snap in the other side of the light housing.

Test that the new vanity mirror light bulb is working properly by flipping the sun visor up and down.

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

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