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Honda CR-V Cargo Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out "trunk" light bulb in the cargo area of a third generation 2007 to 2011 Honda CR-V SUV.

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2011 CR-V Cargo Light
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Insert Screwdriver In Notch
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Pry Out Lens Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) Honda CR-V in changing a burnt out cargo area or "trunk" light bulb.

Owners of other Honda or Acura SUV, minivan or hatchback vehicles with similar cargo area light housings such as the Pilot, Insight, CR-Z, Fit, Crosstour, Odyssey, TSX Sport Wagon, RDX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb is part number DE3175 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

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

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Old Cargo Bulb Exposed
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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Old # DE3175 Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to one of the two notches on the rear edge of the lens cover.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

You may need to also pry at the other notch to remove the lens cover.

If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

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Empty Bulb Socket
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Push In New # DE3175
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Test New Light Bulb
Push a new # DE3175 festoon style bulb straight in to the socket.

If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.

Test the new bulb by sliding the "On / Door / Off" switch to the "On" position.

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Re-Insert Front Edge
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Gently Pop In Rear Edge
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Slide Switch To "Door"
Re-insert the tabs on the front edge of the lens cover in first and then gently snap in the rear edge.

Slide the switch to the "Door" position so that the cargo light will turn on whenever the tail gate door is opened.

For more, check out my other Honda CR-V Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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