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Chevrolet Traverse Reading Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the rear passenger overhead reading lamp bulbs in a 2009-2012 GM Chevy Traverse crossover SUV.

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Passenger Reading Lights
Pry Out Light Housing
Friction Fasteners Released
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 rear passenger reading light bulbs or upgrading them with 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.

Replacement reading lamp bulbs are part # 194 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE and Eiko.

You can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the number 168, W5W, 2825, 158 or a compatible LED.

The tools needed to replace the bulbs include a small flathead screwdriver and a Torx T-10 "star" bit screwdriver.

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Remove 3 Torx T-10 Screws
Gently insert the blade of the screwdriver in between the reading lights housing and the headliner before prying it out.

The housing is held in place by two friction clip fasteners and two metal hooks.

Once you loosen the housing with the screwdriver, gently pull it straight down to release the fasteners and then swing it towards the rear of the vehicle to release the hooks.

To access the bulbs, you'll need to remove the 3 Torx T10 screws that hold the black plastic bracket to the bottom cover that contains the buttons and translucent lens covers.

Bottom Lens Plate Removed
Light Bulbs Exposed
Gently Push Out Old Bulb
Set the bottom cover aside in a safe place.

Use the small flathead screwdriver to gently push out the old reading light bulb from the rear of the socket.


Old # 194 Light Bulb
Light Bulb Socket
Push In New 194 Bulb
Push in a new # 194 bulb straight into the socket.

(You may also use any other compatible miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 2825 or a brighter LED unit.)

Test New Light Bulb(s)
Re-Attach Lens Plate
Tighten 3 T10 Screws
Test the new light bulb by pressing the On/Off button.

Line up the bottom cover plate with the black plastic bracket and tighten the 3 Torx T-10 screws.

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Re-Install Light Housing
Press On/Off - Test Bulbs
Re-insert the two metal hooks first, and then push the reading light housing into place. Check that the housing is flush with the headliner all around.

Test the new bulb(s) again by pressing the two On/Off buttons.

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

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