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GMC Acadia License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate of a 1st generation 2007-2016 GMC Acadia with photos.

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2016 Acadia License Lights
Left License Plate Light
Loosen Counterclockwise
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 license plate light bulb in the tailgate door.

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 bulb is part number 194 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

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

The tools needed to access and replace the bulbs include a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver and possibly also a pair of needle nose pliers.

Torx T-20 Screws
Pull Out Plastic Screws
Remove 2nd Plastic Screw
The license plate light housings are held in place by two plastic screws.

Try to loosen the screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.

If the screw just spins and won't come out, carefully grab the screw head with a pair of needle nose pliers and pull it straight out.

Set the two plastic screws aside in a safe place.

Pull Out Light Housing
Light Housing Removed
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Gently pull the light housing assembly out of the tailgate cargo door.

Rotate the base of the tan plastic light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.


Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # 194 Light Bulb
Push In New # 194 Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 194 bulb.

If necessary, you may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as # 158, 168, W5W, 2825 or a compatible LED bulb.

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Re-Insert Light Housing
Push In Plastic Screws
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the bulb housing back in to the opening on the tailgate.

Gently pop in the two black plastic screws to secure the housing in place.

Re-Insert 2nd Plastic Screw
Two Screws Replaced
Test License Plate Bulbs
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights.

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

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