As beautiful as it may appear, the Volkswagen Passat is not complete with Passat corner lights.
Vehicle lights are one of the most important parts of the vehicle. For light provide not only definition to the vehicle's every corner, it also adds to the safety of the vehicle either on the road or parking at side streets. The whole lighting system is composed of several lights and bulbs distributed on every side of the vehicle. Each has its own purpose. The headlights are pair of light mounted on the front of the vehicle to provide extra illumination during poor road visibility. Fog lights on the other hand are another set of lights that function specifically on foggy conditions. Other lights are found on the rear of the vehicle, part of the taillight assembly.
At the rear, the taillight assembly is also composed of several lights and bulbs to include the brake lights and reverse lights. The reverse lights are set of lights which main purpose is to provide the necessary rear end illumination when backing. The brake lights on the other hand are turned on when the driver steps on the brake. All these lights function to keep the vehicle safe or visible at the rear.
Located at the side of the vehicle are corner lights which function to warn other drivers that the car is turning or cornering. This keeps other vehicles to maintain safe distance while you make your action.
For modifications and upgrades, there are several replacement lights and accessories available on the market. Each could bring great effect to your vehicle while maintaining the purpose of the original lights.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are corner light bulbs already available in a corner light assembly kit for a VW Passat?
Most aftermarket corner light assemblies come with the bulbs, but some don't. It is best to read carefully the specs and the inclusions of the kit before buying it. Also, it is better to buy a kit with bulbs than to buy it separately.
One of the VW Passat corner lights is obviously shot. Is there an easy way to remove it for replacement?
Yes. For interested DIYers, note that the corner light is located in front of the fender. It is in a small hole just above the lights and the gutter area. By simply popping the tab away from the headlamp, one can already push the busted corner light by hand. Corner lights can be stubborn at times, so it is advisable to add a little grease to remove it easier.
What are the consequences of driving a Volkswagen Passat with one busted corner light?
For a morning drive, it won't be a problem since the lights are barely visible. But during nighttime, or in places with low visibility, corner lights are necessary. These lights provide added illumination to the headlights, giving the driver a better view of potential hazards on the road. Disabling these lights may also pose road violations. These lights are important to provide signals to other drivers when the vehicle is turning or cornering.
When one of the two corner lights of a Volkswagen Passat burns out, should the other one be also replaced at the same time?
VW Passat corner light aftermarket parts are sold either by piece or by pair. It is better, however, to replace both the corner lights if one of them is busted because surely, the other one will die to after a few days. A set of two corner lights is indeed cheaper than buying per piece. Replacing the lights in one sitting can save time and effort as well.