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GMC Terrain License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 1st generation 2010 to 2016 GMC Terrain SUV.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2016 Terrain License Lights
Gently Pry Out Housing
Light Housing Removed
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 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, 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 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Philips, PIAA and Eiko.

You can also use a brighter LED bulb.

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

Pry Out Right Housing
Light Housing Removed
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the license plate light bulb housing and the opening in the tailgate door.

Gently pry out the housing.

You might need to re-insert the screwdriver and pry on the other side.

Even though the plastic retaining clips for both housings are on the right side, I found it much easier to pry out the housings from the left side.

Pull the housing straight out of the tailgate.

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

Bulb Socket Removed
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # 2825 (or W5W) Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New 2825 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Re-Insert Wires First

Push a new # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

Re-insert the socket back in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the wires back in to the opening.

Re-insert the left side of the housing and then gently snap in the retaining clip on the right side.

Pop In Retaining Clip
Test New Light Bulbs
Left License Plate Light Bulb
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the lights.

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

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