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GMC Acadia Cargo Area Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 GMC Acadia SUV with pictures.

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2016 Acadia Cargo Lights
Pry Out Light Housing
Light Housing Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GMC Acadia in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb or upgrading them both to brighter LED bulbs.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Enclave, Envision, GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, Terrain, Yukon, Denali, Savana, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, SS, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado and Express may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement miniature wedge base bulb is part number 168, W5W or 2825.

You can also use a brighter LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the housing.

Press Release Tab
Disconnect Power Plug
Push Out Old Light Bulb
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the outer edge of the light housing and gently pry it out.

Press in the release tab on the electrical connector and slide the power plug straight out of its socket.

Be careful when you remove the old bulb. If it was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Gently push the bottom of the old bulb out of the socket with the screwdriver.

Old Light Bulb Removed
Old W5W Bulb Removed
Push In New 168 Bulb


Push a new # 168 or W5W bulb straight in to the socket.

The Sylvania website lists the cargo area bulb as being part number 921, which is a larger miniature wedge base bulb commonly used for the reverse lights. The OEM bulb in this 2016 Acadia was a smaller W5W or 168 bulb.

Push In Power Plug
Pop In Light Bulb Housing
Test New Cargo Light Bulbs
Push the power plug straight in to the socket.

Re-insert the wires first and then gently pop in the light housing.

Test the new cargo area lights by opening and closing the tailgate door or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other 2007-2016 GMC Acadia DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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