MKV Jetta External Light Indicator

VW External Light IndicatorAfter three years and tens of thousands of miles, I have finally grown tired of the indicator light on my dashboard that states that there is an external light out on my car.  I have obviously checked all the major lights and they are fine, but I am on a mission and I will get that light to go out!

My first trip around my car finds me looking at a side marker light that is out.  I go to the local auto parts store and find the correct light for the side marker, it is the Sylvania 2825.  I get home and attempt to replace it and find that it is much more difficult than just replacing the headlights!

The first step is to jack up the side of the car that has the failed light.  To make it easy, I removed the tire as well to gain easy access to the star bolts that need to be removed to take off the plastic splash guards that are blocking access to the side marker.  Remove the 4 star bolts that are inside the wheel well, 3 around the front-middle of the wheel well and one towards the bottom front near the outside of the car.  Then remove the 6 other star bolts that are on the bottom side to gain access to the side marker.

The Wheel Well With The Lower Plastic Piece Removed

The Wheel Well With The Lower Plastic Piece Removed

You Will Now Be Able To Access The Side Marker By Reaching Underneath The Fender. You Can See It In The Picture, The Orange Section....

You Will Now Be Able To Access The Side Marker By Reaching Underneath The Fender. You Can See It In The Picture, The Orange Section….

Once the plastic is removed, you will be able to “pop” the side marker out by carefully manipulating the clip that holds the light bezel in.  Once this is removed, replace the light and perform the procedure in reverse to reassemble.

The Clip That Holds The Side Marker In Is Visible Here.

The Clip That Holds The Side Marker In Is Visible Here.

Unfortunately, this did not resolve my problem and the dash light was still on.  On the second trip around my car I found that one of the rear lights in the trunk were out.  This was difficult to find because it was daytime and the lights are surrounded by reflectors that make the failed light hard to see.  After another trip to the auto parts store to purchase the replacement light, which is the Sylvania 7506, it was another attempt at getting  that dash light out.

Replacement of the rear light is extremely easy.  Pop the trunk, remove the access panel, and replace the light.  No tools required!

Pull On The Little Access Panel That's Shown In The Picture

Pull On The Little Access Panel That’s Shown In The Picture

 

Once again, this did not solve my problem!  How many lights can I have out on my car!  I finally give up after searching for awhile and hit the internet.  I performed a google search trying to find out why this light will not go off.  I eventually find out that there are lights underneath the lip of the trunk that illuminate the license plate.  Sure enough, these lights are out!

Another trip to the auto parts store and I get the lights, Sylvania 6418 for the replacements.  Replacement is slightly more difficult than the rear lights, but the only tool required is a phillips head screwdriver.  Unscrew the two screws that hold the unit in place and remove the unit.  I had to use a small flathead screwdriver to pry the light holder out of it’s hole, but with a little persuasion it came out.  Once this is out, it’s a simple swap of the light and the reverse procedure to put it back in.

Unscrew The Two Screws To Remove The Light Holder.

Unscrew The Two Screws To Remove The Light Holder.

This Is The Holder Removed With No Light.

This Is The Holder Removed With No Light.

Just Slide The New Bulb In Between The Metal Clips.

Just Slide The New Bulb In Between The Metal Clips.

Finally, the light on the dash is out!  It was probably the license plate lights the whole time!  Now that I know that they are there, it will be the first place I look when that light comes back on again.  It is really nice to see that light off on my car.  I wish I had done it sooner….

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