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Subaru Outback Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb by the tailgate of a 6th generation 2015-2018 Subaru Outback.

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2017 Outback Cargo Light
Pry Out Lens Cover
Back Side of Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and probably also the revised 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback station wagon in changing the rear wiper blade located on the back windshield window.

Owners of other Subaru vehicles such as the Forester, Impreza, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, WRX, BRZ, SVX, Tribeca, Exiga, Trezia, Levorg and Baja may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 912.

You could also use a brighter 912 LED bulb.

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

Old Light Bulb Exposed
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you can choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a soft micro fiber cloth or instead use a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of your small flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the translucent plastic lens cover and the cargo area light housing.

Try to avoid tearing or piercing the fabric headliner.

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

Avoid using excessive force. The lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it. The bulb might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Toshiba 912 A12V13W
Empty Bulb Socket
12V 8W - Door Setting


The OEM light bulb was marked as part number Toshiba 912 A12V13W (12 Volts, 13 watts).
Push In New Light Bulb
Line Up Lens Cover
Pop In Lens Cover
Push a new number 912 miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have a brighter cargo area light, install a 912 LED bulb.

(Tip - If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work, try removing it, rotating it 180 degrees and pushing it back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are "polarized" and will only illuminate when installed in the correct orientation.

Line up the small plastic retaining clips on the back side of the lens cover with their openings in the overhead light housing.

Gently snap the lens cover back into place.

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2015-2018 Subaru Outback DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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