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VW Tiguan 2021 Owner's Manual ➜ Exterior lighting

Change windshield wiper blades  
time in the direction of arrow B . You will  
probably have to use quite a bit of force.  
5. Insert a new blade of the same length and type  
into the wiper arm in the opposite direction of  
the arrow ÿ fig. 214 B until it clicks. To do this,  
the wiper blade must be bent ÿ fig. 214 A  
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6. Rest the wiper arm carefully on the rear window.  
WARNING  
When worn or dirty wiper blades are used,  
visibility is reduced and the risk of accidents and  
serious injuries is increased.  
Fig. 213 Change the windshield wiper blades.  
1. Before raising the wiper arms, place them in the  
service position ÿ p. 313.  
· Replace the brushes whenever they are in  
poor condition or worn and no longer clean  
the windows sufficiently.  
2. Raise the wiper arm, holding it only in the area  
where the wiper blade is attached.  
WARNING  
3. Press and hold the unlock key  
and at the same time remove the brush in the  
If the wiper blades are damaged or dirty, they can  
scratch the windows.  
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direction of the arrow ÿ fig. 213 1  
· Do not use products containing solvents, rough  
sponges or sharp objects to clean the brushes,  
4. Insert a new blade of the same length and  
type into the wiper arm until it engages.  
as they can damage the graphite layer of the  
brushes.  
5. Rest the wiper arms carefully on the windshield.  
· Do not clean windows with fuel, malt remover,  
paint thinner, or similar fluids.  
Change the rear window wiper blade  
If traces of wax from the automatic car wash  
system or other care products remain on the  
windscreen or rear window, the wipers may have  
difficulty sliding.  
Remove wax residue with a special product or  
cleaning cloths.  
Exterior lighting  
Introduction to the topic  
Fig. 214 Change the rear window wiper blade.  
Before changing a lamp, check whether it is faulty.  
Conventional lamps can usually be changed by the  
user himself. If, depending on the model and  
1. To lift an arm of the wiper, grasp it only in the  
area where the wiper blade is attached.  
equipment, the exterior lighting uses LED technology,  
you cannot change the lighting units or the light-  
emitting diodes yourself. The failure of any light  
2. Raise the wiper arm and pull it back.  
diode may be an indication that others will fail. In this  
case, go to a specialized workshop qualified for this,  
have the LED lighting units checked and, if necessary,  
replaced.  
3. Hold down the unlock button ÿ fig. 214 1  
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4. Bend the brush toward the wiper arm.  
Volkswagen recommends a Volkswagen dealer.  
piacrystals ÿ fig. 214 A and remove it at the same  
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Driving with damaged exterior lighting devices may  
be prohibited.  
Information regarding the change  
of lamps  
Additional Lamp Specifications The  
Please note and  
chapter, on page 314.  
at the beginning of this ca  
specifications of some of the factory-fitted headlamp  
or taillight lamps may differ from those of conventional  
lamps. The corresponding designation can be found  
on the lamp base or on the glass bulb.  
To change bulbs, always carry out the following  
operations in the order indicated ÿ : 1. As far as  
possible, place the vehicle on level, firm ground at  
a reasonable distance from road traffic, taking  
the necessary safety measures.  
WARNING  
If the road is not well lit and other road users do  
not see the vehicle or only see it with difficulty,  
2. Engage the electronic parking brake.  
co ÿ p. 206.  
accidents can occur.  
3. Turn off the lights ÿ p. 115.  
WARNING  
4. Move the turn signal lever to the position  
basic information ÿ p. 115.  
If the lamps are changed incorrectly, it may cause  
accidents and serious injuries.  
5. If the gearbox is automatic, place the selector  
· Before working in the engine compartment,  
always read and observe the warnings on ÿ p.  
331. The engine compartment of any vehicle is a  
dangerous area where serious injury can occur.  
lever in position P ÿ p. 161.  
6. Turn off the engine and remove the key from  
the ignition hard lock ÿ p. 154.  
7. If the transmission is manual, engage a gear ÿ  
p. 159.  
· Please note that halogen lamps are under  
pressure and may explode when changed.  
8. Wait for the exterior orientation lighting to switch  
off ÿ p. 121.  
9. Wait for the lamp in question to cool down.  
10. Visually check for a blown fuse ÿ p. 318.  
· Replace the lamp in question only when it  
has cooled down completely.  
· Never change a lamp if you are not familiar with  
the necessary operations. If you are not sure  
what to do, have the necessary work done by a  
qualified specialist workshop. Volkswagen  
recommends a Volkswagen dealer.  
11. Replace the lamp in question by following the  
instructions ÿ . Replace lamps only with new  
ones of the same type. The corresponding  
designation can be found on the lamp base or  
on the glass bulb.  
· Do not touch the bulb of the lamp with both  
hands. The traces left by the fingers evaporate  
with the heat given off by the lamp on and  
“blind” the reflector.  
12. As a general rule, do not touch the vial blister  
dry with fingers. The tracks left by the two of  
them evaporate with the heat of the burning  
lamp, are deposited on the reflector and reduce  
the luminous intensity of the headlight.  
· There are sharp parts in the housings of the  
headlights and rear light clusters. When changing  
lamps, protect your hands.  
13. After changing the lamp, check that it works. If it  
doesn't work, it may be because it is not mounted  
correctly, the connector is not attached correctly,  
or again a lamp failure.  
WARNING  
If, after changing a bulb, the rubber or plastic caps  
are not fitted correctly into the headlight housing,  
this could cause damage to the electrical system  
(particularly if water gets inside).  
14. Whenever you replace a lamp at the front of the  
vehicle, have the headlight adjustment checked  
by a qualified specialist workshop. Volkswagen  
recommends a Volkswagen dealer.  
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4. Pull out the headlight from the bumper to the ex side  
inside of the vehicle.  
WARNING  
Do not ignore these important instructions for your  
safety, otherwise accidents and serious injuries could  
occur.  
5. Unlock the connector and detach it.  
6. Turn the bulb holder anti-clockwise as far as it will go  
and pull it out together with the bulb to the rear.  
Always follow the operations of the instructions  
nes and observe generally applicable safety  
measures.  
7. Replace the faulty lamp with a new one of the same  
type.  
WARNING  
8. Attach the connector to the socket. The connector must  
click into place audibly ÿ .  
To avoid damaging the paint or any part of the vehicle,  
please note the following: · Always remove and replace  
9. Place the bulb holder in the headlight and turn it  
clockwise as far as it will go.  
lighting units with care.  
10. Insert the headlight from the outer side into the  
recess and place it on the bumper.  
11. Tighten the fixing screws ÿ fig. 215 1  
with the screwdriver.  
Change the lamps located in the  
front bumper  
12. Put the cover on the bumper ÿ fig. 215.  
13. Store the extraction hook and, if necessary, the  
screwdriver together with the other on-board tools.  
Note and , at the beginning of this ca  
chapter, on page 314.  
WARNING  
· Make sure the electrical connector is seated correctly  
in the headlight housing. This prevents damage to  
the electrical system in the event of water entering.  
Take care not to damage the paint of the vehicle when des  
assemble and assemble the headlight.  
Change the lamps located in the  
front bumper (R-Line)  
Note and , at the beginning of this ca  
chapter, on page 314.  
Fig. 215 On the right side of the front bumper: removing  
the fog light.  
A suitable screwdriver is required to change the lamps  
ÿ p. 312.  
Perform the following operations only in the order listed:  
1. Observe the checklist and carry out the operations  
described in it ÿ p. 315.  
2. Take the removal hook from the on-board tools and  
hook it into the hole in the cover ÿ fig. 215. Remove  
the cover by pulling it forwards in the direction of  
the arrow.  
Fig. 216 On the right side of the R-Line front bumper:  
3. Unscrew the fixing screws ÿ fig. 215 1  
with the screwdriver.  
remove the fog light cover.  
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15. Position the trim ÿ fig. 217 3 on the bumper in the  
opposite direction of the arrow.  
The trim has to fit firmly.  
16. Tighten the fixing screws ÿ fig. 217 2 of  
trim 3 with the screwdriver.  
17. Fit the cover ÿ fig. 216 1 on the bumper pes in the  
opposite direction to that of the arrow. The cover  
has to fit firmly.  
18. Store the extraction hook and, if necessary, the  
screwdriver together with the other tools on board.  
Fig. 217 On the right side of the R-Line front bumper:  
remove the fog light.  
WARNING  
A suitable screwdriver is required to change the lamps  
ÿ p. 312.  
Perform the following operations only in the order listed:  
· Make sure the electrical connector is seated correctly  
in the headlight housing. This prevents damage to  
the electrical system in the event of  
that enters water  
1. Observe the checklist and carry out the operations  
described in it ÿ p. 315.  
Take care not to damage the paint of the vehicle when des  
assemble and assemble the headlight.  
2. Remove the on-board tools removal hook from the  
luggage compartment ÿ p. 312.  
The figures show the right headlight. The left  
headlight is symmetrical.  
3. Hook the removal hook into the hole in the cover  
under the fog light ÿ fig. 216. Remove the cover  
by pulling it forwards in the direction of the arrow  
Change the bulbs of the rear light  
groups located on the body  
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ÿ fig. 216 1  
4. Unscrew the fixing screws  
ÿ fig. 217 2 of the trim 3 with the screwdriver.  
Note and , at the beginning of this ca  
chapter, on page 314.  
5. Detach the trimÿ fig. 217 3 and remove it in the  
direction of the arrow.  
6. Unscrew the fixing screws of the fog light ÿ fig. 217  
4 (enlarged image) with the screwdriver.  
7. Pull the headlight out of the bumper to the outboard  
side of the vehicle.  
8. Unlock the connector and detach it.  
9. Turn the bulb holder anti-clockwise as far as it will  
go and pull it out together with the bulb to the rear.  
10. Replace the faulty lamp with a new one of the same  
type.  
11. Place the bulb holder in the headlight and turn it  
clockwise as far as it will go.  
Fig. 218 Side of the boot: removal of the rear light unit.  
12. Attach the connector to the socket. The connector  
must click into place audibly ÿ .  
13. Insert the headlight from the outer side into the  
recesses and fit it into the bumper.  
Remove the rear light groups  
Perform the following operations only in the order listed:  
14. Tighten the fog light mounting bolts ÿ fig. 217 4  
(enlarged image) with the screwdriver.  
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1. Observe the checklist and carry out the operations  
described in it ÿ p. 315.  
There are different versions of rear light  
assemblies, hence the position and design of  
the bulb holders and lamps may differ from those  
shown in the figures.  
2. Open the tailgate.  
3. Open the hole in the boot side trim in the area of  
the rear light unit in the direction of the arrow ÿ  
fig. 218.  
In the case of LED technology taillights, some  
lights may be equipped with "conventional"  
bulbs. These lamps can be changed.  
4. Pull out the red lock ÿ fig. 218 1 of the connector  
In necessary case,  
and uncouple it 2 use a suita.ble tool to loosen  
said red lock.  
change fuses  
5. Unlock the fixing screw ÿ fig. 218 3 counterclockwise.  
Introduction to the topic  
6. Release the rear light assembly from the body  
back carefully.  
Due to the fact that the vehicle is constantly being  
developed, that the fuses are assigned depending on  
the equipment and that one fuse can correspond to  
several electrical consumers, at press time it had not  
been possible to compile a complete overview with  
the positions of the fuses.  
More detailed information on the assignment of the  
fuses can be requested from an appropriately  
qualified specialist workshop. Volkswagen  
recommends a Volkswagen dealer.  
7. Remove the rear light assembly and place it on  
a clean and smooth surface.  
change the lamp  
Perform the following operations only in the order  
listed:  
1. Turn the bulb holder anti-clockwise as far as it will  
go and carefully pull it out of the rear light unit  
together with the bulb.  
A fuse can generally correspond to several electrical  
consumers. In the same way, a consumer can  
correspond to several fuses.  
2. Replace the faulty lamp with a new one of the same  
type.  
Do not replace the fuses without first eliminating the  
cause of the failure. If a fuse blows again shortly after  
3. Place the bulb holder carefully in the  
rear light assembly and turn it clockwise until it  
engages.  
replacing it, have the electrical system checked by a  
qualified specialist workshop. Volkswagen recommends  
a Volkswagen dealer.  
Install the rear light group  
Perform the following operations only in the order  
listed:  
WARNING  
1. Place the rear light assembly in the hole of  
the bodywork carefully.  
The electrical system is under high voltage and can  
cause electric shock, severe burns and death!  
2. With one hand hold the rear light unit in the  
mounting position and with the other hand screw  
· Never touch the electrical wires of the ignition  
system.  
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in the fixing screw ÿ fig. 218 3  
· Avoid short circuits in the electrical system.  
3. Check that the rear light group has  
been mounted correctly and is well fixed.  
WARNING  
4. Fit the connector to the lamp holder and insert it  
it.  
Using improper or repaired fuses and bridging an  
electrical circuit without fuses can cause fire and  
serious injury.  
5. Close the hole in the boot side trim in the area of  
the rear light unit in the opposite direction of the  
arrow.  
Never mount fuses with a protection  
lower.  
6. Close the tailgate.  
· Replace fuses only with ones of the same  
amperage and size. Make sure that the color and  
engraving are identical to those of the faulty fuse.  
The figures show the rear left light group. The  
housing of the rear right light group is  
symmetrical.  
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