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Chevrolet Equinox Reading Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out rear passenger reading light bulb in a 2nd generation 2010-2016 GM Chevy Equinox with pictures.

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2012 Equinox Reading Lights
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Pry Off Plastic Lens Cover

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GM Chevy Equinox in changing a burnt out overhead map light bulb or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

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

A replacement rear passenger reading light bulb is part # 168 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA or Eiko.

You can also use any miniature wedge base bulbs such as # 175, 194, 2825, W5W, 2827 or an LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry off the plastic lens cover.
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Pry At Both Sides
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Lens Cover Removed
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the rear edge of the translucent plastic lens cover and gently pry it off.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

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Reading Light Bulbs Exposed
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out.

If you have trouble removing the bulb, put on a latex glove to give your fingers more grip.

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Empty Light Bulb Socket
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Old # 168 12V 5W Bulb


 
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Push In New Bulb
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Press Button - Test Bulb
Push a new # 168 miniature wedge base bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 175, 194, 2825, W5W, 2827 or a compatible LED unit.

Test the new bulb by pressing the On/Off button.

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Line Up Lens Cover
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Snap Cover In Place
Line up the plastic lens cover and gently snap it in to place.
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Lens Cover Replaced
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Testing New Light Bulbs
Test the reading light bulbs again by pressing the On/Off buttons.

For more, check out my other GM Chevrolet Equinox DIY Repair Guides.
 

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