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Mazda Mazda3 Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a 2nd generation 2010-2013 Mazda Mazda3 with pictures.

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2012 Mazda3 Dome Light
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Insert In To Notch At Front
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Gently Pry Out Lens Cover

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Mazda Mazda3 in changing a burnt out overhead dome light bulb or upgrading it to a brighter LED unit.

Owners of other Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda2, Mazda5, Mazda6, MX-5 Miata, Mazdaspeed3, CX-5, CX-7, CX-9, MPV, Tribute, RX-8, Axela, Demio, Verisa, Premacy, and Atenza may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" style dome light bulb is part number DE3175 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, Putco and PIAA.

You can also use a brighter LED bulb.

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

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Lens Cover Removed
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Old Dome Bulb Exposed
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Pull Out Dome Light Bulb
To avoid scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to wrap the tip of the screwdriver in a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch at the middle of the front edge of the translucent plastic lens cover.

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

Pull the old dome light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Dome Light Bulb Socket
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Bulb Part # DE 3175
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Push In New DE3175



 

Push a new incandescent festoon style # DE3175 light bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also choose to install a brighter LED bulb such as the Putco 231125 1.25" stick.

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New Bulb Installed
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Slide Switch To "On"
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Insert Rear Edge First
Slide the "Off / Door / On" switch to the "On" position to test the new dome light bulb.

Insert the rear edge of the lens cover in first.

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Gently Pop In Front Edge
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Lens Cover Replaced
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Test New Dome Light Bulb
Then gently pop the front edge of the lens cover in place.

Slide the switch to the middle "Door" position so that the dome light will turn on whenever a passenger door is open.

For more, check out my other 2010-2013 Mazda Mazda3 Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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