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Honda Pilot Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console 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 Map Lights
Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
Re-Insert Screwdriver
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 map light bulb in the overhead console.

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 light bulb is part number DE3175 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

If you would like to have brighter map lights, install some compatible DE3175 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the translucent plastic lens cover.

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

Insert the blade of the screwdriver in between the inner edge of the lens cover and the overhead console.

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

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

Either pull out the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger, or very gently pry out one of the metal end caps with the flathead screwdriver.

Old Bulb Removed
Old # DE 3175 Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
Do not apply pressure to the glass part of the old bulb to prevent from having it shatter and send shards of glass flying in to your face and eyes.


Push In New DE3175
Test New Light Bulb
Re-Insert Lens Cover
Push a new # DE3175 festoon bulb straight in to the socket.

(Tip - If you are upgrading your map lights to brighter LED bulbs and they don't work at first, try pulling out the new bulbs and flipping them around in the socket.)

Re-insert the outer edge of the lens cover back in to the housing.

Gently Snap In Lens Cover
Slide Switch To "Door"
New Light Bulbs Installed
Gently pop in the inner edge of the lens cover.

Push on the lens cover to activate the "On/Off" switch and test the new map light bulbs.

Slide the switch to the "Door" position so that the map lights will turn on when ever a passenger door is opened.

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

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