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Did you ever get this resolved? I just bought a 21 cross sport. My sticker says it has the vw logo puddle lights, but they're just plain puddle lights.
Yes, I got it resolved. The salesman was no help, so I had to make an appointment with service dept. The service advisor went out to the lot and pulled one from a new vehicle rather than setting me ip with a loaner and ordering replacement parts. No tools needed.

Go complain, easy fix!
 

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Please proceed at your own risk. If you are not sure what you need to do, please STOP and get help from auto mechanic!


The focus of this DIY is that it is simple and easily reversible with no cutting or splicing into the OEM wires. I have a thing against cutting OEM wires.

Parts needed:
-Puddle lights - 1 set of 2 lights for the front doors. You can order them online. I had mine which I had used to upgrade my 2018 Atlas before getting my hands on the 2021 model. However, I did buy decent 18-22 gauge stranded wire in black and red (or whatever color you want), about 10ft is usually more than enough.
-2 Pin connector used for connecting the lights. Usually they ship with the lights.
-Door/ trim removing plastic tool
-Torx30 screwdriver
-Small cable tie or holder (for securing the wires on the inside door panels with no tension)

Process:
Once the inside door panel is removed (there are several youtube videos for Atlas that shows how to) carefully disengage all wiring connectors and the door lock cable that is pretty easy to unlatch.

First job is to release the big blue S004 connector from the controller (32pin connector picture below). Gently press a small slot head screwdriver against the middle catch to release the purple handle, which can now pivot down forcing the connector out of the controller socket. Carefully cut the cable tie from the connector, then insert the same screwdriver between the blue flap & the white inner to release the catch & the whole inner will now slide away from the blue outer. Locate Pin5 (brown wire) & using a small pointed tool press in the metal catch on the pin to release it & it should pull out from the white body.
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Then, you'll need to connect the two wires from the 2pin connector (used for the lights) so you can connect the wires for the puddle lights onto them. Pin 16 is the +12v. Pin 5 is the ground wire.
Now you can plug the blue connector back into the door controller and all other connectors before putting the panel back on the door.

Note: If there is no coding needed on your Atlas, you will see the lights ON once you connect the blue 32 pin connector. I did a small coding on my vcds to have it enabled because it came disabled from factory.

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Hope it helps!
Cheers!
Just ordered the parts to try this with a 2020 and have a question for you.. how did you determine that it’s pin 5 and 16? Also what coding did you need to change to activate this?
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Just ordered the parts to try this with a 2020 and have a question for you.. how did you determine that it’s pin 5 and 16? Also what coding did you need to change to activate this?
Thank You!!
Hi there,
The two mentioned pins were occupied on my previous Atlas, hence I knew that it has to be them. You can cross reference with other European VW models too. Look for wiring specifics on door courtesy lighting. You may try on one door panel and check out if that works. For coding, I used vcds tool on the driver and passenger side door panels. Tip- remember to scan and backup with your scanner tool in case you unknowingly select wrong coding.
Once you have figured out that your vehicle doesn't have the courtesy lighting and there is a provision to install, then it's pretty easy I say.
 

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Hi there,
The two mentioned pins were occupied on my previous Atlas, hence I knew that it has to be them. You can cross reference with other European VW models too. Look for wiring specifics on door courtesy lighting. You may try on one door panel and check out if that works. For coding, I used vcds tool on the driver and passenger side door panels. Tip- remember to scan and backup with your scanner tool in case you unknowingly select wrong coding.
Once you have figured out that your vehicle doesn't have the courtesy lighting and there is a provision to install, then it's pretty easy I say.
Thanks for the help, just completed this and it looks great on my 2020 Atlas cross sport! For anyone else that wants to add the logo puddle lights - for coding you just need to activate door exit light on each door module
 
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