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Chevrolet Sonic Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk of a first generation 2012 to 2014 GM Chevy Sonic.

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2013 Sonic Trunk Light
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Pry Out Bulb Housing
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Press Release Button

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

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 trunk light bulb is part number 168 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA, and Eiko.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 158, 194, W5W, 2825 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the housing.

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Power Plug Disconnected
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Pry Out Old Light Bulb
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Old Bulb Removed
Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the trunk light bulb housing and the metal body panel.

Gently pry out the housing and remove it from the roof of the trunk.

Press the release button on the electrical connector and pull it straight out of its socket.

If the existing bulb was previously illuminated, be careful since it may be hot enough to burn your skin.

Gently pry out the old light bulb with either your finger tip or push it out of the socket with a small flathead screwdriver.

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Insert New # 175 or 168 Bulb
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Push In Electrical Connector
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Push a new # 168 light bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 158, 194, 2825, W5W or a compatible LED bright.

Push in the black plastic electrical connector. If the new bulb is working properly, it should light up immediately.

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Insert Wires First
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Pop In Light Housing
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Test New Trunk Light Bulb
Re-insert the wires in to the top of the trunk first and then gently pop in the other side of the housing.

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

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