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2008-2012 Chevy Malibu Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a 7th generation (2008 to 2012) GM Chevrolet Malibu sedan.

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Malibu Dome Light Bulb
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Pry Out Dome Light Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 7th generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) General Motors Chevrolet Malibu in replacing a burnt out overhead dome light bulb.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Cruze, Sonic, Volt, Impala, Corvette, Camaro, Tahoe, Colorado, Equinox, Traverse, Buick Regal, Enclave, LaCrosse, GMC Acadia, Terrain, Yukon, Cadillac CTS, ATS, XTS, Escalade, Pontiac Grand Prix, Grand Am, G6, G5, G8, Oldsmobile Alero, Silhouette, Bravada, Aurora, and Intrigue may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement dome light bulb is part # 561 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE and ACDelco.

I recommend the Sylvania 561 Long Life light bulbs.

The only tool needed to replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the translucent dome light lens cover.

Lens Cover Removed
Dome Light Bulb Exposed
# 561 Rigid Loop Base Bulb
Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver into one of the notches in between the lens cover and the dome light housing near the front of the vehicle.

Gently pry out the lens cover. If you have trouble removing the lens cover, remove and re-insert the blade of the screwdriver at several points around the lens cover.

Unhook Wire Loop
Old Dome Light Bulb Removed
Dome Light Bulb Socket


Press on one of the metal power prongs and gently unhook the old dome light bulb to remove it.
Install New # 561 Bulb
New Bulb Installed
Test New Dome Light Bulb
Place one loop of the new # 561 bulb over a power prong and then pull the other loop over the other power prong to install the bulb.

If you would like to have a brighter dome light, install a compatible replacement 561 LED bulb.

Test the new dome light bulb by pressing the unlock button on the key fob or open the car door.

Re-Install Dome Light Cover
Snap Lens Cover In Place
Open Door - Test New Bulb
Line up the dome light lens cover over the housing and gently snap the cover back in place.

Please check out my other 2008-2012 Chevy Malibu Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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