How to Replace New Beetle Fog Light Bulbs

Updated July 19, 2017

The new Volkswagen Beetle is a hip, fun-to-drive car that looks similar to the original VW Beetle (or Bug) that was its inspiration. The new Beetle is front-engined rather than rear-engined like the original. The fog lights on the new Beetle are integrated into the lower edge of the front bumper in a grille that runs across the front of the car. To replace the fog light bulbs. you just have to you drop the grille down from the bumper.

Park the VW in a flat, well-lit area where you can access the underside of the front grille, located on the lower edge of the front bumper. Look at the bottom edge of the grille and locate the Phillips screws that run along its length and hold it in place. Remove these screws with a screwdriver. Remove any other bolts and screws that you see on the bottom of the grille.

Pull the front, lower grille off the car. This may take a little effort, but pulling firmly but carefully should free the front grille from the bumper. Lay a couple of rags on the ground under the grille and place the grille face down on the ground in front of the car (on the rags) so you have access to its back side.

Turn the rear plastic cover on the back of the fog light housing. Use the arrow imprinted on the housing to determine the direction in which to turn the cover. Unclip the metal retaining clip that holds the bulb in place. Pull the bulb out of the housing. Note the orientation of the bulb as you remove it.

Install the new bulb in the same orientation as the old one. Do not touch the glass of the bulb with your fingers. Push the retaining clip onto the back of the new bulb. Install the plastic cover on the back of the housing by turning it until it seats and the arrow and lines are in the proper orientation.

Turn the car's ignition switch on. Test the new fog light bulb by turning the fog lights on and ensuring that the new bulb is operating. Turn the ignition off. Hold the front grille up so the tabs on the grille line up with the guide rail located on the lower bumper cover. Press the grille into place. Reinstall the screws and bolts that were removed along the lower edge of the grille.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Fog light bulb
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William Zane has been a freelance writer and photographer for over six years and specializes primarily in automotive-related subject matter among many other topics. He has attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design, and the University of New Mexico, where he studied journalism.