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Toyota Prius Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace burnt out overhead map light bulbs in a 3rd generation 2010-2015 Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback.

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This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback in replacing a burnt out overhead map light bulb or upgrading them to brighter LED units.

Owners of the previous 2nd generation 2004-2009 Prius and other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, Sienna, Avalon, Highlander, RAV4, FJ Cruiser, Venza, 4Runner, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, tC, FR-S, iQ, xD, and xB may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement map light bulb is part # 168 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, and PIAA.

Other compatible miniature wedge base bulbs include the # 194, 158, 2825 or an LED unit.

The only tool needed to replace the map light bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the translucent lens cover.

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Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the overhead console and the translucent plastic map light lens cover.

To protect the plastic surfaces, you can place a thin cloth over the blade of the screwdriver.

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

You may have to pry with the screwdriver at several locations around the lens cover.

Only minimal force should be needed to pop out the lens cover.

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Grasp the old map light bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Push a new # 168 light bulb straight into the map light bulb socket.

You can also use a brighter LED bulb.


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Test the new map light bulb by pressing the white on/off button.
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Line up the translucent lens cover over the map light housing and gently snap it into place.

Test the new bulb again by pushing on the forward part of the lens cover to activate the on/off switch.

For more, check out my other Toyota Prius DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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