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Smart Fortwo Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome or map light bulb in a 2nd generation 2008 to 2014 Smart Fortwo.

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2013 Fortwo Dome / Map Light
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Insert Flathead Screwdriver

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) Smart Fortwo compact city car in changing a burnt out overhead dome (also known as the "map") light bulb in the translucent plastic housing attached to the headliner.

Owners of any Smart Fortwo models or trim levels such as the coupe hatchback, cabriolet or "cabrio", electric, pure, passion, forfour, prime and proxy may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement "festoon" style light bulb is part number 6411 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You can also use a brighter compatible LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulb is a small plastic pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver.

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Pull Out Light Housing
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Old Light Bulb Exposed
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, I recommend either using a plastic pry bar tool or cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the screwdriver or panel removal tool in between the right (passenger) side of the dome light housing and the overhead console.

Gently pry out the light housing to release the metal retaining clip.

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Pull Back Electrical Contact
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Remove Old Light Bulb
Gently pull back one of the metal electrical contacts to release the old light bulb from the socket.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Osram 12V 12W N2K
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New Light Bulb
The OEM bulb was marked as Osram part number 12V 12W N2K.

The replacement festoon style light bulb is part number 6411.

If you'd like to have a brighter dome light, choose a compatible 6411 LED bulb.



 

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Install New Light Bulb
Insert the new light bulb in to the socket.

Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb, I recommend testing it before pushing the housing back in to the headliner. If the new LED bulb doesn't work, it might be polarized. Try pulling it out of the socket, flipping it around 180 degrees and re-installing it.

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Line Up Light Housing
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Re-Insert Left Side
Re-insert the wires on the left (driver) side of the housing back in to the opening in the overhead console.

Push the left side of the housing back in to place.

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Pop In Retaining Clip
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Test New Dome/Map Light
Gently snap in the metal retaining clip on the right side of the housing to secure it in place.

To test the new dome / map light bulb, move the rocker switch to the "ON" position.

For more, check out all of my 2008-2014 Smart Fortwo DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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