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Chevrolet Traverse License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the license plate light bulbs on a 2009 to 2012 GM Chevy Traverse SUV with picture illustrated steps.

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Traverse License Plate Bulb
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Pull Out Light Housing
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Grey Socket Base

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 GM Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV in replacing a burnt out license plate light bulb or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other General Motors crossovers, SUVs, minivans or trucks such as the Chevy Equinox, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Avalanche, Silverado, GMC Canyon, Sierra, Acadia, Yukon, Denali, Savana, Pontiac Aztek, Torrent, Saturn Outlook, Buick Encore, and Enclave may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part # 194 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, Wagner, PIAA and GE.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as # 168, W5W, 2825 or a compatible LED unit.

No tools are needed to replace either of the license plate bulbs.

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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Remove Socket
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Pull Out Old Bulb

Detach the license plate light bulb housing by gently pulling it away from the vehicle. It should pop right off. If not, you may need to use a small flathead screwdriver to pry out the side closest to the license plate.

Rotate the light grey light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 194 bulb.

If necessary, you can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 2825 or a compatible LED unit.



 
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Re-Insert Housing
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Test New License Bulbs
Insert the socket back into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Insert the edge of the housing that is furthest from the license plate first and then snap the clip on the other edge in place.

Test the new license plate light bulb(s) by turning on the headlights.

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

 

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