Step 2: Pull back the trunk liner near the tail light, exposing the rear of the mounting area.
Step 3: Depress the tab on the back of the assembly to release the bulb mounting plate from the assembly.
Step 4: Loosen and remove the 8mm bolts (3) that secure the tail light to the vehicle. You can now slide the tail light assembly from the vehicle.
NOTE: If you ordered your replacement tail light assembly from Go-Parts, it likely includes new sockets and bulbs, as most of our assemblies do. This saves you an installation step! However, if your particular model does not include the hardware, you can easily remove the bulb assembly from the back of the tail light, and attach it to the new one!
Step 5: Mount the NEW tail light assembly to the vehicle by tightening the 8mm bolts (3).
Step 6: "Snap" the bulb mounting plate into the back of the new tail light assembly.
Step 7: Reattach the trunk liner to cover the mounting area.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
98 1998, 97 1997, 96 1996, 95 1995, 94 1994, 93 1993 Volkswagen Jetta Tail Light Replacement Instructions