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Honda CR-V Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 3rd generation 2007-2011 Honda CR-V SUV.

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2011 CR-V Map Lights
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Screwdriver - Pry Out Cover
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Lens Cover Removed

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 map light bulb in the overhead console or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles with similar map light housings such as the Pilot, Insight, CR-Z, Accord, Civic, Fit, Crosstour, Odyssey, Ridgeline, TSX, ILX, TLX, TL, RLX, 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 manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a small plastic automotive panel pry bar used to pop out the translucent plastic lens cover.

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Old Bulb Exposed
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Gently Pry Out Old Bulb
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Pull Old Bulb Out of Socket
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the lens cover and the overhead console near the inner edge.

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

Be careful when removing the old bulb if it has recently been illuminated since it may still be hot enough to burn your skin.

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

If you have trouble gripping the bulb, very carefully pry out the rear meta end cap with the flathead screwdriver. Do not apply pressure to the glass part of the old bulb to prevent it from shattering.

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Old DE3175 Festoon Bulb
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Empty Bulb Socket
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Push In New DE3175
Push a new # DE3175 "festoon" light bulb in to the socket.

You may also use a compatible LED unit.

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



 

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New Bulb Installed
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Test Bulb - Press Button
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Line Up Lens Cover
Press the white plastic "On/Off" button to test the new map light bulb.

Line up the lens cover with the light housing.

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Pop In Inner Edge
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Lens Cover Replaced
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Slide Switch To "Door"
Gently pop in the lens cover by pushing on the inner edge.

Slide the switch forward to the "Door" setting so that the map lights will turn on whenever a passenger door is opened.

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

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