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Acura MDX Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light in the overhead console of a 1st generation 2001 to 2006 Acura MDX SUV.

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2006 MDX Map Lights
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Pry Out Front Edge
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically created to assist owners of the first generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) Acura MDX in changing a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Acura or Honda vehicles such as the RDX, ILX, TLX, RLX, TL, CL, RSX, RL, TSX, ZDX, NSX, Integra, Pilot, Accord, Civic, Fit, Clarity, CR-V, CR-Z, HR-V, Odyssey, Element  and Ridgeline may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb is part number 2825 (also known as the W5W).

You can also use some brighter LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

Small Retaining Clip
Two Tabs - Rear Edge
Lens Cover Removed
To prevent from scratching the plastic lens cover or the light housing, I recommend either covering the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or instead use a plastic trim panel removal tool.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in between the front edge (closest to the windshield) of the lens cover and the overhead housing.

Gently pry out the retaining clip.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

Swing open the front edge of the lens cover and pull out the two tabs on the rear edge from the housing.

Set the translucent plastic lens cover aside in a safe place.

Reflector & Old Bulb
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
If the old light bulb was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers. Be careful when you remove it.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Miniature Wedge Base
Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New Light Bulb


Push a new miniature wedge base number 2825 light bulb (which is also known as the "W5W") straight into the socket.

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

"On/Off Button" Test Bulb
Re-Insert Tabs Rear Edge
Close Lens Cover
Push the white plastic "On/Off" button to test the new light bulb.

(If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work. Try removing it, rotating it 180 degrees and re-inserting it. Some LED bulbs are "polarized" and can only be installed in one orientation.)

Line up the lens cover with the light housing.

Re-insert the two small plastic tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover back into the housing.

Pop In Retaining Clip - Front
Map Light Bulbs Replaced
Testing Map Lights
Swing the lens cover closed and gently snap in the retaining clip on the front edge.

Test the new map light bulbs by pressing on the indentation near the front of the lens cover to activate the "On/Off" switches.

I recommend moving the "On / Door / Off" switch to the "Door" position so that the map lights will turn on when ever a passenger door is opened.

Automotive maintenance records fanatics may choose to record the bulb change in your service notes.

For more, please check out all of my 2001-2006 Acura MDX DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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