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Hoping someone can help here . . . I have a rear turn indicator bulb out, and it's not clear how to replace it. I can get the tail light assembly off fine, but what's next? There are a lot of Youtube videos that show the method for models up to 2015, but the 2016 assembly is different (no back panel to remove from the assembly).

I did try removing the screws that fasten the lens to the assembly, but trying to pry apart the lens resulted in cracking. The bulb socket itself does not seem to be removable.

The very unhelpful owner's manual says to see a dealer. Seriously? I've read about VW not being DIY-friendly, but this is ridiculous.

(Oh, and I did search the site, but can find nothing on this - and I'm not new to forums. If I missed something, I apologize in advance.).

Thanks,

Marc (frustrated though reasonably competent home mechanic)
 

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Well prying apart the lens does absolutely nothing.

It's been a while so I'm going by memory. Once you have removed the rear light assembly there should be an area roughly 5"x5" which is held in place by several plastic clips. You need to gently push these plastic clips and that 5x5 pops out and all bulbs are right there.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I believe you are correct for the Passat up to 2015, but in 2016 the lens assembly is different - at least mine is. No back panel with latches. I'm going to give it another try and will post photos/procedure if successful (and maybe if I'm not).
 

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While we're on the topic of lights, I have a 2013 Passat with a low-beam headlight issue

Can anyone tell me which part was being replaced for this low-beam issue?

I have one of my headlights that sometimes doesnt work. If i open the hood and touch it it works. But then it might shut off again a few minutes later. Read somewhere this was a known issue and im trying to figure out which part i should order and replace.
 

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Hi Marc,
Did you ever figure this out? I am having a similar problem with my 2017 Passat SE. I changed the right rear blinker bulb a while ago. Now the left rear blinker is out. I've been able to remove the tail light assembly, but cannot for the life of me remember how to access the bulb. As you noted, youtube is not helpful here...
Thanks,
Joe
 

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Hi Marc,
Did you ever figure this out? I am having a similar problem with my 2017 Passat SE. I changed the right rear blinker bulb a while ago. Now the left rear blinker is out. I've been able to remove the tail light assembly, but cannot for the life of me remember how to access the bulb. As you noted, youtube is not helpful here...
Thanks,
Joe

This link shows how to replace bulb in Passat 2017 SE.
 
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