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Chevrolet Cruze DIY Maintenance & Repair Guides
Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance how-to tutorials for the 2nd generation 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 GM Chevy Cruze.

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2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the coin cell battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a second generation (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) General Motors Chevy Cruze sedan can become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out my DIY tutorial for changing the battery (with the compatible replacement part number), by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Map Light Bulbs Change

2. 2016-2019 GM Chevy Cruze Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your Cruze, take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Dome Light Bulb Change

3. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out dome light bulb located in the housing attached to the headliner above the rear passenger seats, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Cabin Air Filter Change

4. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the A/C system in your Cruze hasn't been working as well recently or the air coming out of the vents smells musty or moldy, you may need to clean or change the cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

To view my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Plastic Interior Door Panel Removal & Speaker Upgrade Guide
Door Panel Removal

5. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Interior Door Panel Removal & Speaker Upgrade

If you would like to upgrade the OEM door speakers in your Cruze, you'll first need to take off the plastic interior door panels.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement aftermarket speaker sizes) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

6. 2016-2019 GM Chevy Cruze Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty seeing out of the front windshield window of your Cruze during a rain or snow storm, you may need to change the wiper blades. To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the OEM wiper blade sizes in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   


Tail Light Bulbs Change

7. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings on a second generation (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) GM Chevy Cruze sedan contain the brake, rear turn signal, reverse and parking / side marker light bulbs.

(The newer model years are equipped with LED reverse, parking and side marker bulbs.)

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Reverse & Parking Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Reverse & Parking Bulbs

8. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Reverse & Parking Light Bulbs Replacement

The reverse (or "back-up") and rear parking light bulbs are located in a separate housing attached to the trunk lid of the newer model years of the Cruze.

Check out my DIY tutorial for changing either of the bulbs (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
Electrical Fuse Change

9. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide

The best place to start when troubleshooting any electrical problem with your Cruze is to check for a blown fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Take a look at my DIY directions for checking or changing a fuse by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze LE2 Turbocharged 1.4L I4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Air Filter Change

10. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element for the General Motors LE2 1.4L turbocharged inline four cylinder engine should be checked or cleaned at every oil change and replaced at least every 45,000 miles (or 72,000 KM).

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.



 

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Transmission Shift Lock Release Guide
Shift Lock Release

11. 2016-2019 Chevrolet Cruze Transmission Shift Lock Release Guide

If you need to manually move your Cruze due to running out of gas, a stalled engine, a dead 12V battery or some other mechanical issue, check out my DIY tutorial for releasing the shift lock mechanism and moving the transmission's gear selector to "Neutral".

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Headlight Bulbs Change

12. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight housings of a second generation (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) GM Chevy Cruze contain the dual filament combination low beam / high beam light bulb, the front turn signal light bulb and an LED front side marker and a strip of white LEDs that act as the parking light.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for changing any of the bulbs (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze LE2 Turbocharged 1.4L I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Spark Plugs Change

13. 2016-2019 Chevrolet Cruze LE2 1.4L Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The spark plugs in a second generation (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) Chevy Cruze equipped with the LE2 1.4 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine should be changed every 60,000 miles (or 96,000 KM).

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the OEM and compatible replacement aftermarket spark plug part numbers) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Trunk Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Trunk Light Bulb Change

14. 2016-2019 Chevrolet Cruze Trunk Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk of your Cruze, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Serpentine Accessory Belt Replacement Guide
Serpentine Belt Change

15. 2016-2019 Chevrolet Cruze Serpentine Accessory Belt Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a squealing, chirping or squeaking sound coming from the engine bay of your Cruze, you may need to change the serpentine accessory belt on the Ecotec LE2 1.4 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Ecotec LE2 Turbocharged 1.4L I4 Engine Oil Change & Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Oil Change

16. 2016-2019 Chevrolet Cruze Ecotec Turbo 1.4L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your Cruze running reliably for many years is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the oil filter at least every 7,500 miles (or 12,000 KM) as specified in the owner's manual.

Check out my DIY oil change guide for the Ecotec LE2 1.4 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine (with the oil type, capacity and filter part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Mass Air Flow Sensor Replacement Guide
MAF Sensor Change

17. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze MAF Sensor Replacement Guide

If your Cruze has been exhibiting hard starting, rough idling, hesitating, surging, poor acceleration, hiccups, low fuel economy (lowered MPG), stalling, loss of power and misfiring, you may need to clean or change the mass air flow sensor.

To view my DIY directions for the procedure (with the OEM and compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
12V Battery Change

18. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty starting the engine in your Cruze on a cold morning and the OEM 12 volt car battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it.

Check out my DIY instructions for accessing and changing the 12V battery (with the OEM group size and compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture located on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Front Brake Pads

19. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a scraping, grinding or squeaking sound coming from the front end of your Cruze when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to replace the front brake pads. To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Rear Disc Brake Pads

20. 2016-2019 GM Chevrolet Cruze Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a Cruze tend to last twice as long as the front pads or anywhere from 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your unique driving conditions.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   
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