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Dodge Ram 1500 Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out overhead map light bulb in a 4th generation 2009 to 2013 Dodge RAM 1500 with pictures.

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2012 RAM 1500 Map Lights
Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
Tab At Rear of Cover
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013) Dodge RAM 1500 truck in changing a burnt out bulb in the rear passenger overhead dome light housing.

Owners of other Dodge, Ram Trucks, or Chrysler vehicles such as the Dart, Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500, C/V Tradesman,  200, 300 and Town & Country may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement map light bulbs are either part number 194 (miniature wedge base bulbs) or part # 212-2 ("festoon" or "fuse" style bulbs) depending on your model year.

The bulbs in this 2012 RAM 1500 are part # 194 mini wedge base.

If you would like to have brighter map lights, choose some 194 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the lens cover.

Lens Cover Removed
Map Light Bulb Exposed
Pull Out Old Bulb
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the translucent plastic lens cover and the overhead console.

Gently pry out the lens cover. Take care to not break the small plastic tab located on the rear edge of the lens cover.

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

If you have trouble gripping the bulb, try putting on a latex glove or use a piece of duct tape on your fingers.

Old # 194 Bulb Removed
Map Light Bulb Socket
Push In New # 194 Bulb


Push a new # 194 bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also replace it with any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 168, 175, W5W, 2825, 2827 or an LED.

New Bulb Installed
Press White On/Off Button
Insert Tab At Rear First
Press the white On/Off button to test the new bulb.

Insert the tab on the rear edge of the lens cover in first.

Pop In Clips At Front Edge
Lens Cover Replaced
Testing New Bulb
Then gently snap in the two clips at the front edge of the lens cover.

Check that the new bulb is working properly by pressing on the rear part of the lens cover to activate the On/Off switch.

For more, check out my other Dodge RAM 1500 Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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