How to Replace the Turn Signal Flasher on a Volkswagen Bug

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How to Replace the Turn Signal Flasher on a Volkswagen Bug
Older model Beetles locate the flasher in the same location as new ones. (yellow car image by JoLin from

Indicators are relatively universal. The power is supplied by battery through the ignition switch, which prohibits the indicators from operating, while the vehicle is off. The wiring goes through a turn signal relay, also known as the flashers, to the light. Volkswagen engineered the Beetle, following the basic outline for indicators. Replacing the relay or flasher in the Beetle only takes a few minutes and no tools.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Remove the knee panel. The panel should simply pop out of place. Some models will have it secured with screws.

  2. 2

    Remove the flasher, located near the top of the steering column. Pull it straight. The unit is a cylindrical item about one-inch wide.

  3. 3

    Insert the new flasher, and reinstall the knee panel. Start the vehicle, and test the indicators.

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