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How to Replace Inner Tail Light 11-18 Volkswagen Jetta

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How to Replace Inner Tail Light 11-18 Volkswagen Jetta

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to install, repair, fix, change or replace a broken, damaged, burned out, cracked, faded, cloudy or chipped tail light / brake light on 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Volkswagen Jetta.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tail Light Housing
    • Pop off the trim behind the light
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the tail light
    • Disconnect the wiring harness from the tail light
    • Remove the light
  2. step 2 :Installing the Tail Light Housing
    • Connect the wiring harness
    • Press the housing into the vehicle
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the light
    • Press on the trunk trim

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

Installation Video
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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

To remove the inner tail light, which is located on the trunk lid, there's an access panel. You take a plastic pry tool, pop this off. You can see these two bolts here are cut for a flat head or a 10mm socket. I'm going to use a flat head for this, and just pop these out. You have to remove the harness, which is a prong here and a prong on the other side that you have to press in simultaneously.

Take that, put it out of the way, and get your tail light out of its housing. The inner tail light has a plastic molding piece that first has to go around the edge of the trunk lid. Make sure it's fully seated, otherwise, this lip will be above your trunk lid. You're going to want to push a little bit on this side to appropriately align the studs, and it should slide back in.

You want to plug your harness back into it's spot, just press in until you hear it clip, and then you have your two bolts or nuts, rather. You're going to screw these back in. We're going to use a flat head or a 10mm socket to tighten these back down in the housing. The inner plastic housing has a slot here on the edge that has to go in first, so you'd slide it in like this and then push up. It should clip right into place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket


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