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How to Replace the Taillights in a VW Beetle

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Replacing the taillights on a VW Beetle is a little more difficult than many vehicles, but is still a fast and easy project. Driving a VW Beetle with a taillight out is dangerous and can lead to a ticket. Change out the taillights on a VW Beetle yourself and save money.

Set the parking brake and remove the keys from the ignition to ensure the power to the lights is off. Open the hatch and remove the circular, carpeted cover.

Unscrew the large black cover and remove the cap. Look for a small gap in the fender and slip a flat head screwdriver in to release the clip holding the assembly in place. Pull on the plastic, not the wires, until the harness comes free.

Turn the bulb counter-clockwise until the bulb is free. Cover the new 2357NA taillight bulb with tissue, taking care not to touch the glass with bare skin.

Put the new bulb into the socket and turn clockwise until it snaps into place. Place the keys into the ignition and test the bulb.

Push the bulb into the taillight assembly until you hear it snap. Replace the black cap by screwing it back on and set the carpeted cover back.


  • Always use the recommended bulb to ensure safety and proper function.
  • Replace both taillights in the Beetle to save time and ensure the project won't need to be repeated in the near future.

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