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Ford Mustang Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a revised 5th generation 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.

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2012 Mustang Map Lights
Gently Pry Off Housing
2 Metal Friction Fasteners
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the updated fifth generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford Mustang in changing a burnt out overhead map light bulb.

Owners of the earlier 5th generation Mustangs from 2005 to 2009 and possibly the 4th generation 1994 to 2004 models with similar overhead consoles may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement map light bulb is part number 168 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, and PIAA.

You may also use any other 5 watt miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 2825, W5W, 194 or an LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry the housing out of the headliner.

Push In Retaining Clips
Release Bulb Socket
Bulb Socket Removed
The overhead map lights housing is held in place to the headliner by two metal friction fasteners.

Gently pull the housing straight down with your fingers or pry each side loose with the flathead screwdriver.

Squeeze in the two sides of the black plastic bulb socket or push the clips in with the flathead screwdriver to release them.

Pull the bulb socket straight out of the housing.

Pull Out Old # 168 Bulb
Map Light Bulb Socket
Push In New Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 bulb.

You can also use any other 5 watt miniature wedge base bulb such as the number W5W, 2825, 194, 158 or a compatible LED unit.


Re-insert Bulb Socket
Raise Console To Roof
Line Up Metal Fasteners
Push the socket back in to the housing until the two clips click securely in to place.

Raise the console up to the headliner and line up the two metal friction fasteners with the corresponding holes in the roof.

Push Housing In Place
Test New Map Light Bulbs
Console Flush To Headliner
Carefully push the housing back in to place. Check that the fasteners are fully inserted and that there are no gaps between the headliner and map light housing.

Test the new map light bulbs by pressing the round black plastic "On/Off" buttons.

For more, check out my other Ford Mustang Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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