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Subaru Outback Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 6th generation 2015 to 2018 Subaru Outback.

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2017 Outback Map Lights
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Remove Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and probably also the updated 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback wagon in changing a burnt out map light bulb located in the overhead console.

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 "festoon" style light bulb is part number DE3175.

You can also use a brighter DE3175 LED bulb.

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

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Empty Bulb Socket
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to either cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or use a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of your flathead 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.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

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

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push In New Light Bulb
Push Button - Test Bulb
Re-Insert Lens Cover


The OEM festoon style light bulb was marked as part number Toshiba 12V8WAL:72.

Push a new part number DE3175 light bulb straight into the socket.

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

To test the new light bulb, press the white plastic "On / Off" button.

Line up the translucent plastic lens cover with the light housing.

Gently Snap In Lens Cover
Testing New Light Bulb
Map Light Bulbs Replaced
Gently pop in the lens cover.

Test the two map lights by pressing on the indentations on the outer edge of the lens covers to activate the "On/Off" switches.

Be sure to record the light 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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