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Chevrolet Traverse Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out overhead map light bulb in a 2009 to 2012 GM Chevy Traverse with photo illustrated steps.

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2012 Traverse Map Lights
Pull Down Overhead Console
Release Friction Fasteners
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 GM Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV in replacing the overhead map light bulbs or upgrading them to brighter LED units.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from GMC, Saturn, Buick, and Cadillac such as the Acadia, Terrain, Sierra, Yukon, Savana, Outlook, Verano, Regal, Lacrosse, Encore, Enclave, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Equinox, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Avalanche, Silverado, ATS, XTS, CTS, SRX, and Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement map light bulb is part # 194 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, and Eiko.

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

The tools needed to access the bulbs include a small flathead screwdriver and a Torx T10 star bit screwdriver.

Overhead Console Removed
Unplug Power Connector
Remove Three T-10 Screws
The overhead console that contains the two map light bulbs is held in place by four friction fasteners.

You may be able to pry it out with your fingertips or you might need to use a small flathead screwdriver.

Gently pull on each edge of the console until all four friction fastener clips are released and then lower it down from the headliner.

Push the release clip on the grey power plug and pull it out of the socket.

2nd Torx T10 Screw
Center T10 Screw
3 T10 Screws Removed
To access the two map light bulbs, you'll first need to detach the black plastic bracket by removing three Torx T-10 star bit screws.

Remove the 3 screws with a Torx T10 screwdriver by turning them counter clockwise and set them aside in a safe place.


Lift Off Plastic Bracket
Push Out Old Map Bulb
# 194 Light Bulb Removed
Lift off the black plastic bracket and use a small flathead screwdriver to gently push out the old map light bulbs from their sockets.
Map Light Bulb Socket
Push In New # 194 Bulb
Replace Black Plastic Bracket
Push in a new # 194 miniature wedge base bulb straight into the socket.

Other compatible bulbs include the # 2825, 168 and W5W. You may also choose to install brighter LED bulbs.

Replace the black plastic bracket and tighten the 3 Torx T10 screws by turning them clockwise. Do not over tighten the screws to avoid breaking the plastic bracket.

Tighten 3 T-10 Screws
Push In Power Plug
Press Buttons - Test Bulbs
Lift the overhead console to the headliner and re-connect the power plug.

Press the round On/Off buttons for the map lights to test the new bulb(s).

Line Up Clips & Sockets
Push Console In Place
Map Light Bulbs Replaced
Raise the overhead console towards the headliner with the lights closest to the rear and line up the four friction fastener clips with their corresponding sockets.

Gently push the overhead console into place until it is flush with the headliner all around.

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Traverse Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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