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Honda Pilot Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb near the tailgate door of a 2nd generation 2009-2015 Honda Pilot.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2012 Pilot Cargo Area Light
Screwdriver In Small Notch
Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Honda Pilot SUV in changing a burnt out cargo area or "trunk" light bulb located by the tailgate door's hinge.

Owner's of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Odyssey, Insight, Ridgeline, CR-V, Fit, Civic, CR-Z, Crosstour, Accord, MDX, RDX, RLX, TL, TSX and ILX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement festoon or "fuse" style bulb is part number DE3175 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

If you would like to have a brighter cargo area light, choose a compatible DE3175 LED bulb.

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 out the lens cover.

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

Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to one of the two notch on the rear edge of the lens cover.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

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

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

Old # DE 3175 Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New DE3175
Push a new festoon style number DE3175 bulb straight in to the socket.

(Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try pulling it out and flipping it around in the socket.)

Re-Insert Plastic Tabs
Gently Pop In Lens Cover
Test New Cargo Light Bulb
Re-insert the tabs on the front of the lens cover in to the housing.

Gently snap in the rear edge of the lens cover.

To test the new cargo area light bulb, slide the "On/Off" switch to the "On" position.

For more, please check out my other 2009-2015 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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