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How to Replace Tail Light 04-07 Volkswagen Jetta

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How to Replace Tail Light 04-07 Volkswagen Jetta

Created on: 2014-03-27

Check out this video for quality and detailed instructions on how to replace or service the tail light and bulbs on your 04-07 Volkswagen Jetta.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tail Light
    • Remove the panel inside the trunk
    • Loosen the three 8mm nuts from the tail light bracket
    • Remove the three 8mm nuts from the tail light bracket by hand
    • Pull the tail light out
    • Disconnect the tail light wiring harness with a flat blade screwdriver
  2. step 2 :Servicing the Bulbs
    • Push the tabs on either side of the bulb panel and remove it
    • Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise out of the light
    • Pull the bulb off of the socket
    • Push on the new bulb
    • Twist the bulb clockwise into the light
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Tail Light
    • Push the panel into the tail light
    • Reconnect the wiring harness to the tail light
    • Line up the bolt holes on the tail light bracket to the bolt holes on the vehicle
    • Replace two 8mm nuts into the tail light bracket
    • Replace the panel inside the trunk

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to service the bulbs as well as replace the entire taillight assembly on this 2004 Volkswagen Jetta. We show you on the passenger side, but the driver side is the same procedure. The items you'll need include new taillights from 1AAuto.com, an 8mm socket and ratchet, and a flat blade screwdriver.

To access the nuts that hold the light into place, you want to first remove this panel back here. It just pulls right off. Now, you want to remove this 8mm nut, this 8mm nut, and this 8mm nut. We'll just fast-forward as Don removes the 3 of those. You can see he just loosens them with the socket and ratchet, and then removes them the rest of the way by hand. We do use a socket and ratchet, but just using a regular wrench works as well. We'll loosen them up with the wrench and then take them off by hand.

Once those are removed, the light will pull right out. Use a flat blade screwdriver to pry out the tabs on either side of the harness. Push the tabs on either side of this panel and pull it out. The bulbs, you just push them in, twist them counter-clockwise, and they pop out. Then push the new one in and twist it clockwise to lock it. All four are the same process.

On the left is the old taillight and on the right is the new one from 1A Auto. You can see they are identical, and they will mount exactly the same. Take this panel, push it into your new tail light assembly, and then reconnect the harness. Push the tail light back into place. We'll fast-forward as Don replaces those three 8mm nuts, and you can see he replaces them by hand and then tightens them up with the socket and ratchet. Now just replace that panel and you're all set.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket

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