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Chevrolet Cruze Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light or the front dome light bulb in a 1st generation 2011-2015 GM Chevy Cruze.

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2013 Cruze Overhead Lights
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Pry Out Lens Cover

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & possibly the 2015) GM Chevrolet Cruze in replacing a burnt out map light or front dome light bulb in the overhead console.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Spark, Sonic, Volt, Malibu, Camaro, Corvette, Impala, Equinox, Traverse, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Express, Cadillac ATS, XTS, CTS, SRX, Escalade, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, GMC Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon and Savana may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement map light bulb is part number 2825 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 168, 175, 194, W5W or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to change any of the three bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the lens cover.

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Pry Out At Other Side
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Pull Out Lens Cover
To avoid scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of the flathead screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the translucent plastic lens cover and the overhead console.

Gently pry out the lens cover. You may need to re-insert the blade of the screwdriver at the other end of the lens cover to remove it entirely.

Do not use excessive force to pry out the lens cover. It should pop out relatively easily.

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Lens Cover Removed
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2 Map Lights & Front Dome
Once the lens cover is removed, you'll see the left and right map light bulbs along with the "front dome" light bulb in the center of the housing.



 

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Pull Out Old Map Light Bulb
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Old # 2825 Bulb
Grasp the burnt out bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

If you have trouble gripping the bulb, try putting on a latex rubber glove.

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Map Light Bulb Socket
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Push In New 2825 Bulb
Push a new # 2825 miniature wedge base bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 168, 175, 194, W5W or a compatible LED bulb.

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Press On/Off Button
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Re-Insert Rear Edge First
Press the "On / Off" button to test the new map light bulb.

Re-insert the rear edge of the plastic lens cover in first.

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Pop Lens Cover In Place
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Testing New Bulbs
Gently snap the front edge of the lens cover in to place.

Double check that both of the map light bulbs and the front dome light bulb in the center of the housing all work properly.

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Cruze Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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