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Chevrolet Sonic Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 1st generation 2012 to 2014 GM Chevy Sonic.

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2013 Sonic Map Lights
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Pry Out Lens Cover
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Lens Cover Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Chevy Sonic in changing a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Traverse, Tahoe, GMC Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, Enclave and Holden Barina may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

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

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

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the translucent plastic lens cover.

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Map Light Bulbs Exposed
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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Old # 2825 5 Watt Bulb
If you'd like to avoid scratching the plastic surfaces, cover the tip of the screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

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

Gently pry out the lens cover. You may need to re-insert the screwdriver in more than one location along the rear edge to fully remove the cover. Set the cover aside in a safe place.

Grasp the old map light bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of its socket.

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Map Light Bulb Socket
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Push In New Bulb
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Press On/Off Button
Push a new # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

Test the new map light bulb by pressing the "On/Off" button.

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Line Up Plastic Lens Cover
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Snap In Lens Cover
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Test New Map Light Bulbs
Line up the plastic lens cover and gently snap it back in to place.

For more, check out my other Chevy Sonic Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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