How to Replace the Rear Signal Lights in a VW Passat

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Driving with signal lights that don't work properly can be an invitation to trouble. Not only is it unsafe, but you may find yourself paying an expensive traffic ticket. If your signal light burns out, you can save money by replacing it yourself. Here's how to change the rear signal light in a 1993 to 1997 model VW Passat.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Clean shop rag
  • Replacement turn signal bulb

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  1. 1

    Determine exactly which bulb is burned out and visit your local auto parts store to purchase a replacement. Be sure to write down the year and model of your VW Passat in order to purchase the correct bulb.

  2. 2

    Open the trunk and remove the access panel. This will be a small door located on either side of the trunk. If the door sticks, use a screwdriver to gently loosen it.

  3. 3

    Squeeze the tabs that retain the bulb holder and remove the bulb assembly from the trunk.

  4. 4

    Push the bulb inward and turn it counterclockwise to remove the burned out bulb from the socket.

  5. 5

    Wipe the socket gently with a clean shop rag. If the socket shows corrosion, you should replace it.

  6. 6

    Press the replacement bulb into the socket and turn it clockwise. Replace the bulb holder, making sure the tabs click into place. Put the bulb assembly back into the compartment and replace the access panel.

Tips and warnings

  • It's a good idea to wear gloves when your replace the burned out signal bulb. Oil and dust from your fingers can cause the bulb to burn out sooner.

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