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Chevrolet Cruze License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb on a first generation 2011 to 2015 GM Chevy Cruze with pictures.

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2013 Cruze License Light
Remove Phillips Head Screw
Remove 2nd Phillips Screw
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and possibly the 2015 model year) GM Chevrolet Cruze in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Spark, Sonic, Volt, Malibu, Camaro, Corvette, Impala, Equinox, Traverse, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Express, Cadillac ATS, XTS, CTS, SRX, Escalade, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, GMC Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon and Savana may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part # 2825 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA, Philips and Eiko.

If you would like to have brighter license plate lights, install some compatible 2825 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Two Screws Removed
Pull Out Light Housing
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Move to the burnt out license plate light and remove the two Phillips head screws by turning them counter clockwise.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Pull the license plate light bulb housing out of the trunk lid. You may need to pry it out with your fingernail or a small flathead screwdriver.

Rotate the light grey bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Light Bulb Socket Removed
Old # 2825 Light Bulb
License Bulb Socket


Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.
Push In New # 2825 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Re-Insert Light Housing
Push in a new # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the number 168, 175, 194, W5W or a compatible LED unit.

Re-insert the socket in to the light housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Re-insert the light housing in to the trunk lid.

Tighten Two Phillips Screws
Light Housing Replaced
Test New License Light Bulb
Insert the two Phillips head screws and tighten them with the screwdriver by turning them clockwise.

Test the new license plate light bulb(s) by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Cruze Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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