How to Replace Dash Lights on Jettas

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The Volkswagen Jetta has several lights situated on the instrument cluster of the vehicle. These lights are collectively referred to as "dash lights." The dash lights allow you to see the gauges of the instrument cluster in dark conditions, and they also act as warning indicators whenever your Jetta needs maintenance. If the dash lights burn out, you can easily replace them. As the instrument cluster needs to be removed in order to replace the dash lights, it can take some time to complete the project, but it is a relatively simple task.

Step 1

Turn the Jetta's engine off and remove the keys from the ignition.

Step 2

Lift up the upper dash trim from the instrument cluster. Remove its two screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove the upper dash trim.

Step 3

Remove the four holding screws from the instrument cluster, using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the instrument cluster out towards you and disconnect its electrical connector.

Step 4

Reach behind the instrument cluster to locate the bulbs. Remove any burnt-out bulbs by pulling them straight out of the instrument cluster.

Step 5

Install replacement #161 bulbs, as necessary, by pushing them into the rear of the instrument cluster. Place the cluster back into the Jetta and reattach its electrical connector.

Step 6

Reattach the four holding screws and the upper dash trim. Reattach the upper dash trim's screws.


Use a soft clean cloth to install the new dash light bulbs. Do not touch the glass portion of the replacement bulbs, as oil from your hands can cause the bulbs to burn out prematurely.