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GMC Terrain Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a 1st generation 2010 to 2016 GMC Terrain with the part number.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2016 Terrain Cargo Light
Flathead Screwdriver In Notch
Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GMC Terrain in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb or upgrading it to a brighter LED unit.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Enclave, Envision, GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, Acadia, 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 light bulb is part number 2825 or W5W from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool used to pry off the lens cover.

Lens Cover Removed
Old Bulb Exposed
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

There are two small notches on the rear edge of the lens cover.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to one of the notches and gently pry out the lens cover.

You might need to re-insert the screwdriver in to the other notch and pry again.

Try to avoid using excessive force since the lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

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

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

Old 2825 (W5W) Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New 2825 Bulb
Push a new number 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, 158, W5W, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Re-Insert Plastic Tabs
Pop In Lens Cover
Test New Cargo Area Light
Line up the lens cover and gently snap it back in to place.

Test the new cargo area light bulb by opening the tailgate door or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the interior lights.

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 GMC Terrain DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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