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Subaru Outback Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb in the door panel of a 6th generation 2015-2018 Subaru Outback.

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2017 Outback Step Light
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and maybe also the updated 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback station wagon in changing a burnt out courtesy step light bulb located at the bottom of the plastic interior door panel.

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 is part number 2825 (also known as W5W).

For brighter step lights, install some 2825 LED bulbs.

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

Pull Out Light Housing
Disconnect Power Plug
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you can either cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or instead use a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of your flathead screwdriver into the notch on the rear edge of the light housing.

Gently pry out the light housing and remove it from the underside of the plastic interior door panel.

Push in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding it straight out of the socket.

Push Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Be careful when you remove the old light bulb. If it was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Use the small flathead screwdriver to very carefully push the base of the old light bulb out of the socket.

Try to avoid using excessive force, the light bulb should pop out relatively easily.


Push In New Light Bulb
Re-Connect Power Plug
Push a new number 2825 miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

The bulb is also known as part number "W5W".

If you would like to have brighter courtesy step lights, install some compatible 2825 LED bulbs.

Push the power plug straight into the socket on the front edge of the light housing.

Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Light Housing
If the new light bulb doesn't turn on immediately, press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the interior lights.

Re-insert the wires and front edge of the light housing back into the opening on the underside of the door panel.

Gently snap in the retaining clip on the rear edge of the light housing to secure it 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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