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Buick LaCrosse Center Console Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out center console light bulb in a 2nd generation 2010 to 2016 Buick LaCrosse with pictures.

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2016 LaCrosse Center Console
Storage Compartment Light
Notch Left Side - Pry Out
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GM Buick LaCrosse sedan in changing a burnt out light bulb in the center console (armrest) storage compartment or upgrading it to an LED bulb.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo, Malibu, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Volt, SS, Camaro, Caprice, Corvette, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Buick Verano, Regal, Cascada, Encore, Enclave, Envision, GMC Canyon, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, Cadillac CT6, ATS-V, ATS, ELR, CTS, XTS, XT5, SRX, Escalade and Holden Commodore may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement miniature wedge base bulb is part number 168, 2825, W5W, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the housing.

Light Housing Removed
Disconnect Power Plug
Pry Off Metal Cover
The first step is to swing open the armrest in order to access the center console storage compartment.

Insert a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool in to the small notch on the left (passenger) side of the light housing.

Gently pry out the light housing.

Push in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding the power plug straight out of its socket.

Gently pry off the thin metal heat shield cover from the rear of the light housing.

Rear Cover Removed
Push Bulb Out of Socket
Old Light Bulb Removed
Push the old light bulb out of the socket from the base with the screwdriver.

If the old bulb was recently turned on, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.


Old Miniature Wedge Base
Push In New Light Bulb
Replace Heat Shield Cover
Push a new miniature wedge base bulb such as the 168, 2825, W5W, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit straight in to the socket.

The OEM bulb was marked as 12V1.2W.

Pop the metal cover on to the back side of the light housing.

Push In Power Plug
Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Light Housing
Push the power plug straight in to the light housing until it "click" securely in to place.

Re-insert the wires in to the opening for the housing.

Gently pop in the plastic retaining clip on the left (passenger) side of the housing.

If the new light bulb didn't illuminate immediately, press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the interior lights.

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 Buick LaCrosse DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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