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2008-2012 Chevy Malibu License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace the license plate light bulb in a seventh generation (2008-2012) GM Chevrolet Malibu sedan with pictures.

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Remove Phillips Head Screws
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 license plate 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 license plate light bulb is part # 194 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE and ACDelco.

I recommend the Sylvania 194LL long life light bulbs or a 194 LED bulb which should last for many years.

The only tool needed to replace the license plate light bulb is a standard Phillips head screwdriver used to pry out the translucent dome light lens cover.

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The first step is to remove the two Phillips head screws with a standard sized screwdriver.

Then pull the license plate light bulb housing out of the underside of the trunk lid.

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Grasp the base of the light bulb socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise to remove it from the housing.

Pull the old # 194 light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new bulb.

If you would like to have brighter license plate lights, install some compatible replacement 194 LED bulbs.


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Insert the socket back into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
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Insert the housing back into the trunk lid and line up the screw holes before inserting the two Phillips head screws.
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Tighten the two screws with the screwdriver until they are snug. Do not over tighten the screws to avoid breaking the plastic screw holes in the underside of the trunk lid.

Don't forget to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

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

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