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Subaru Forester Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the sun visor of a 4th generation 2014-2018 Subaru Forester.

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2017 Forester Sun Visor
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Open Vanity Mirror Cover
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Small Notch - Bottom Edge

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Subaru Forester SUV in changing a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb located in the sun visor or upgrading it to a brighter LED unit.

Owners of other Subaru vehicles such as the Outback, Impreza, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, WRX, BRZ, SVX, Tribeca, Exiga, Trezia, Levorg and Baja may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement miniature fuse style vanity mirror light bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: TS-14V1CP, 6614F, ACDelco 13502343 and General 66140.

You can also use a compatible LED miniature fuse light bulb.

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

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Pry Out Bottom of Lens Cover
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Lens Cover Removed
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Old Light Bulb Exposed
The first step is to open the vanity mirror cover.

Then locate the small notch at the bottom edge of the translucent plastic lens cover.

To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, I recommend either covering the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or use a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in to the notch and gently pry out the bottom edge of the lens cover.

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

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Gently Pry Out Old Bulb
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Old Light Bulb Removed
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Empty Bulb Socket
If the old light bulb was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers. So be careful when you remove it.

Either pull out the old light bulb with your fingers or very carefully pry it out from the bottom metal end cap with the screwdriver.

The OEM light bulb in this 2017 Forester was marked as part number 12V167mA.



 

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Push In New Light Bulb
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Re-Insert Tab - Top Edge
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Gently Snap In Bottom
Push a new miniature fuse style light bulb such as part number 6614F or TS-14V1CP straight into the socket.

You can also choose to install a compatible brighter LED unit.

Line up the lens cover with the light housing.

Re-insert the tabs on the top edge.

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Lens Cover Replaced
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Test New Vanity Light Bulb
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Close Vanity Mirror Cover
Then gently pop in the bottom edge of the lens cover.

If the new light bulb didn't turn on as soon as you pushed it into the socket, test it by opening and closing the mirror cover or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the interior lights.

To finish the job, close the vanity mirror cover.

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2018 Subaru Forester DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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