Road Safety 101: Troubleshooting Your Volkswagen Passat Side Marker Lights
A large part of safe driving depends on properly working front and rear light assemblies. Take these components out, and you're in for nasty road accident. The collective effort of these lights ensures your safe travel and acts as a guide to help you see the road better in the dark. Avoiding accidents and getting maximum visibility is only possible if all lights in the assembly are functioning properly. When checking your light assembly, the headlights and tail lights may be your priority, but you should also keep an eye on your side markers. These safety lights highlight your vehicle's full length and width to alert pedestrians and other drivers of your presence. Aside from that, they also act as the headlight's assistants in providing stronger illumination, especially in poorly lit areas. Because your Volkswagen Passat side marker lights are crucial to your safety, you need to do some troubleshooting right away once you notice early signs of failure. We've come up with a guide to help you out.
As with probably all electrical components in your VW, a blown fuse is the most likely culprit behind your faulty side markers. If none of your markers seem to be working, you need to inspect the fuse for possible damage. Locating the right fuse for your side markers is easy with the help of your owner's manual. Once you've located it in the fuse box panel, do a visual inspection to determine whether the metal inside it is busted or broken. If it is, then you need to get a new fuse to fix your side markers. Using a fuse extractor can help you remove the fuse more easily.
Loose electrical connection
If you've ruled out fuse and bulb problems, then the next thing you should check are the side markers' electrical connections. These wires are connected to either the parking light wire or headlight wire loom. In some cases, they're also hooked to the tail lights. If your side markers won't activate even after you've switched your headlights on, then you need to check for loose electrical connections. Secure the wires and plug them properly for uninterrupted flow of electricity.