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Jeep Cherokee Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 5th generation 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2015 Cherokee Map Lights
Pry Out Front Edge Housing
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and probably also the refreshed 2018 model year) Jeep Cherokee in changing a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console or upgrading both bulbs to LED units.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement light bulb part number is 2825 (A.K.A. W5W).

You can also use brighter 2825 LED bulbs.

The tools needed to access and replace the light bulbs include a plastic pry bar tool and a small flathead screwdriver.

Pry Out Other Side
Overhead Housing Removed
To access the map light bulbs, you'll need to remove the entire overhead console.

There are two metal clips holding the front edge (near the windshield) of the overhead console in place.

Use a plastic pry bar tool to gently pry down the front edge of the overhead console.

You may need to re-insert the tool and pry on both the left and right sides.

Lower the front edge of the housing (closest to the windshield) and remove the two plastic hooks on the rear edge (closer to the back of the car).

Disconnect Power Plug
Light Bulb Socket & Wires
Press in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

Locate the black plastic bulb socket with red and white wires coming out of it.

Push In Release Tab
Remove Bulb Socket
Gently push in the release tab on the bulb socket with your finger tip or a small flathead screwdriver.

Pull the bulb socket out of the housing.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # 2825 (W5W) Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New 2825 Bulb
Replace Bulb Socket
Push a new number 2825 light bulb straight in to the socket.

You can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, W5W, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Push the bulb socket back in to the housing until it clicks securely in to place.

Opening In Headliner
Push In Electrical Connector
Raise the overhead console to the headliner.

Push the grey plastic power plug straight in to its socket.

Line Up Black Plastic Hooks
Re-Insert Hooks Rear Edge
Line up the two black plastic hooks on the rear edge of the overhead console and re-insert them in to the opening in the headliner.
Metal Clips - Near Windshield
Tap In Friction Fasteners
Line up the two metal clips on the front edge of the overhead console (near the windshield) with their corresponding black plastic slots.

Firmly push on the front edge of the housing to secure the two friction fasteners in place.

Press On/Off Buttons
Test New Map Light Bulbs
Make sure that the overhead console is flush with the headliner at every edge.

To test the new map light bulbs, press the "On/Off" buttons.

For more, check out all of my Jeep Cherokee DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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