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How to replace front map lights

Jason94sport

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How do you remove the front map light housing to replace the 2 map lights? I have the sunroof & the home link one. Taking the lens cover off does nothing. I don't see screws. Just pull it off?
Also why did the parts stores say 168 bulbs fit? They are NOT 168 bulbs. Have to get the long skinny bulbs.
 



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Pull the entire unit down...it has metal friction clips. Afterwards some screws have to be removed and basically you access everything from the back.
 






Thought I broke it, but I got it. If it had to come off again I'm 99% sure it would break.
 






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That was the point....👍
Just hope you didn't get the blue crap that all the local brick and mortar stores sell. I tried them first due to the easier availability and they made the entire inside like a blurry haze to my eyes.

Tip: Install a red LED in one of your map lights to be able have a light to use light without affecting your night vision.
 












ewwww Those would drive me nuts.
Turns out I'll need some other ones anyway. The ones I got are not bright at all. They look like mood lights not map lights.
 






ewwww Those would drive me nuts.
Turns out I'll need some other ones anyway. The ones I got are not bright at all. They look like mood lights not map lights.
well I can change the color to be whatever I want
 






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