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GMC Terrain Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 1st generation 2010-2016 GMC Terrain SUV.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2016 Terrain Map Lights
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
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 map light bulb in the overhead console or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

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 map light bulb is part number 2825 or W5W which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA. You can also use a 168, 194 or an LED.

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

Lens Cover Removed
Two Map Bulbs Exposed
Old Bulb In Socket
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may want to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the rear edge of the lens cover and the overhead console.

Gently pry out the lens cover.

Try to avoid using excessive force. It should pop out relatively easily.

You may need to re-insert the screwdriver in several locations to remove the lens cover.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Empty Bulb Socket
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.

Grasp the old light bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out.

If you have trouble gripping the old bulb, try putting on a Nitrile rubber glove for extra grip.


Push In New 2825 Bulb
Line Up Lens Cover
Gently Pop Back In Place
Push a new number 2825 or W5W bulb straight in to the socket.

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

Line up the lens cover over the overhead console.

Gently pop the lens cover back in to place.

Lens Cover Replaced
Test New Map Light Bulbs
Press "Door" Button
Test the new map light bulbs by pressing the "On/Off" buttons.

I recommend pushing the "Door" button so that the map lights will turn on whenever a passenger door is opened.

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

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