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Honda Pilot Dome Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in the headliner of a 2009 to 2015 Honda Pilot SUV with photos.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2012 Pilot Dome Lights
Pry Out Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
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 dome light / rear passenger reading light bulb in the headliner housing above the 2nd and 3rd row of seats.

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 light bulb is part number 2825 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

You may also use other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 158, 194 or a compatible LED bulb.

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

Pull Out Old Bulb
Old Bulb Removed
Empty Bulb Socket
There are two sets of dome light / rear passenger light housings with one above the second row of passengers and other above the third row of seats.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the inner edge of the lens cover and the housing.

Gently pry out the retaining clips and remove the lens cover.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket. If you have trouble removing the old bulb, try wearing a latex glove to give your fingers more grip on the bulb.

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Push In New Bulb
Re-Insert Plastic Tabs
Push a new # 2825, 168, W5W or a compatible LED miniature wedge base bulb straight in to the socket.

Line up the lens cover and re-insert the tab on the outer edge.

Gently Pop In Retaining Clips
Lens Cover Replaced
Test New Dome Light Bulbs
Gently snap in the retaining clips on the inner edge of the lens cover.

To test the new dome / rear passenger reading light bulbs, press the indented part of the lens cover near the outer edge to activate the "On/Off" switch.

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

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