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Chevrolet Tahoe Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 2nd generation 2000 to 2006 GM Chevy Tahoe.

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2006 Tahoe Map Lights
Gently Pry Out Lens Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) GM Chevrolet Tahoe SUV in changing a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console.

Owners of other General Motors GMT800 series SUV or truck vehicles such as the Chevy Silverado, Suburban, Avalanche, GMC Yukon, Sierra, Hummer H2 and the Cadillac Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement map light bulb is part number 168, which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

I recommend the Sylvania 168LL long life light bulbs.

You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, W5W, 2825, 194 or a compatible replacement 168 LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flat head screwdriver used to pry out the plastic lens cover.


Lens Cover Removed
Pop Out Reflector

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 the notch on the round plastic lens cover and gently pry it out.

Then gently pry out the silver metal reflector.

Reflector Removed
Old Bulb Exposed
Set the lens cover and reflector aside in a safe place.
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Bulb Removed

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the round plastic lens cover and gently pry it out.

Then gently pry out the silver metal reflector.

You could also use a small plastic pry bar tool to prevent from scratching the surfaces.

Set the reflector aside with the lens cover.


Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New Light Bulb

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

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

Push Button Test Bulb
Push In Reflector
Push the new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

If you would like to have brighter map lights, install some compatible replacement 168 LED bulbs.

Test the new bulb by pressing the black plastic "On/Off" button.

Tip - If you an install an bulb and it doesn't work at first, try pulling it out, rotating the electrical contacts 180 degrees and push it back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are polarized and will only work when the positive and negative contacts are in the correct orientation.

Carefully re-insert the silver metal reflector.

Pop In Lens Cover
Lens Cover Replaced

Gently re-insert the plastic lens cover.

Test the new map light bulbs again by pressing the "On/Off" buttons.

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other 2000-2006 GM Chevrolet Tahoe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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