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Buick LaCrosse Glove Box Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out glove box light bulb in a 2nd generation 2010 to 2016 Buick LaCrosse with the part numbers.

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2016 LaCrosse Glove Box
Two Screws - Bottom Edge
Bottom Left Screw
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 interior glove box light 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 2825 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA. You can also use a brighter LED unit.

The tools needed include a 7mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench and a plastic pry bar tool.

Right Side 7mm Screw
Loosen Counterclockwise
Remove Right Side Screw
You might be able to access the glove box light bulb by simply opening the glove box and prying out the light housing at the small notch with a flathead screwdriver.

To avoid scratching the plastic surfaces and since I was already going to replace the cabin air filter, I chose to remove the glove box to access the old light bulb.

Remove the two screws along the bottom edge of the glove box by turning them counterclockwise with a 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Lower Screws Removed
Open Glove Box
Three Top 7mm Screws
Set the two lower screws aside in a safe place.

Open the glove box and empty out the contents.

Remove Counterclockwise
Third 7mm Screw
Five 7mm Screws Removed
Remove the three 7mm screws along the top edge of the glove box by turning them counterclockwise.

Set the three screws aside with the other two screws.

Pry Off Outer Edge Panel
Pull Out Retaining Clips
Retaining Clip - Middle
Pry off the trim panel at the outer edge of the dashboard with the plastic panel removal tool.

Set the trim panel aside in a safe place.

Gently Pull Out Clip
Gently Pull Out Glove Box
Glove Box Light Housing
Gently pull out the plastic retaining clip near the middle outer edge of the glove box.

Pull the glove box straight out of the dashboard.

Press Release Tab
Metal Wire Clip
Gently Push Out Old Bulb
Press in the tab on the electrical connector before sliding the power plug straight out of its socket.

Use a small flathead screwdriver to gently push the old bulb out of the socket.


Old Light Bulb Removed
Old # 2825 (W5W) Bulb
Push In New 2825 Bulb
Push a new # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

New Bulb Installed
Push In Power Plug
Replace Glove Box
Push the power plug back in to the socket.

Push the glove box back in to the dashboard.

Secure Retaining Clip
Re-Insert 7mm Screws
Tighten Clockwise
Push on the outer edge of the glove box to secure the retaining clip.

Re-insert the three screws along the top edge of the glove and tighten them in the clockwise direction with the 7mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Third 7mm Screw
Close Glove Box
Replace 2 Lower Screws
Replace the contents of the glove box and close it.
Tighten Left 7mm Screw
Tighten Clockwise
Re-Insert Side Panel
Replace the two 7mm screws along the bottom edge of the glove box.
Line Up Plastic Clips
Firmly Tap In Fasteners
Glove Box Light Replaced
Re-insert the outer edge trim panel and line up the plastic clips.

Firmly tap in the friction fasteners to secure the panel in place.

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

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