How to Change a Dome Light in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles is a popular small-sized sport utility Vehicles. In the center of the interior roof, there is a dome light that can be turned on, off or set to automatic. While the dome light bulb has a long life, it will eventually need to be replaced. The process is simple and can be done without any outside help. Grab a flat-head screwdriver and order the correct bulb replacement. Within a few minutes, you should be able to get the dome light working again.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change a Dome Light in a Chevy Traverse

Park the Traverse. Turn off the interior light switch. The interior dome light is found next to the exterior light switch. Press the button that has a lamp with a line through it once. This will turn the interior light completely off.

Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry off the dome light cover. Place the screwdriver on the side of the lens and push. The cover will come off easily. You now have access to the bulb.

Remove the bulb by gently pulling it out of the socket and discard it.

Install a replacement dome light bulb. Align the bulb with the socket and push the bulb into place. You will hear the bulb click; this signals the bulb is secured.

Place the dome light cover back onto the ceiling of the Traverse. The cover will snap back into place. Align the cover and push firmly. The dome light is now changed and ready for use. Turn the dome light back on by pressing the dome light button once.

Items you will need

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Dome light bulb

 How to Change a Dome Light in a 2006 Honda CRV

Locate the dome light and set it to the “Off” position. Allow 10 minutes for the bulb to cool before attempting to replace it.

Take the flat-head screwdriver and insert it into the space around the dome light cover.

Pry off the cover by gently wiggling the screwdriver. There are four plastic prongs (two on each side) that hold the cover.

Remove the cover once you have managed to pop out one side. The bulb will be visible.

Pull the old bulb out of place and replace it with the new bulb.

Insert the cover back into place and turn the light on to verify it was installed correctly.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Bulb replacement #DE3175

 How to Replace Dome Lights in a Chevrolet Impala

Sit in the driver's seat of your Chevrolet Impala. The dome light will either be located in the center of the car's roof interior, or towards the front of the roof interior as part of an overhead storage bin. The location will depend on the year of your Impala.

Remove the light cover. Some older models will have the light cover attached to the light frame with two screws. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws and place them to the side where you can find them again. If you have a later model Chevrolet Impala, the light cover is held in place by spring clips in the frame. Reach up and grasp the plastic of the cover and squeeze it slightly while pulling the cover down. The spring clips will release and the cover will open like a door on a hinge.

Pinch the existing bulb between your thumb and forefinger firmly enough that you are holding the glass of the bulb but not enough to risk breaking it. Push the bulb in, turn it counter clockwise and pull it free from the socket.

Install the new bulb by pushing the bulb into the socket. You will be able to see a channel in the socket that you need to line up with the small raised plug on the side of the bulb end. Turn the bulb clockwise. Pull gently on the bulb to make sure that it is locked into the socket. Close the light cover by pressing it into place and either squeezing the sides while pushing it up to lock it into the spring clips, or put the retaining screws back in.

Consult your owner's manual to locate your fuse box and the location of the fuse for your dome lights. Remove the fuse by pinching the fuse and pulling out of the fuse holder. Look at the center of the fuse and you will see a metal wire in the center connecting the two ends. If this wire is broken or black, replace the fuse. If the wire is complete, reinstall the fuse by pushing it back into position.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver (if required)

  • Bulb

  • Fuse

 How to Replace Dome Lights in a 2002 Dodge Dakota

Disconnect the truck's negative battery cable from inside the engine compartment--loosen the cable clamp nut for the black cable with a wrench and pull the cable off the battery terminal.

Pry off the dome light lens at the left side using your fingers or a small, flat screwdriver. The lens will swing down on its right-side hinge like a hatch, opening up access to the light bulb.

Pull the light bulb out of the housing. It is a small, cylinder-shaped bulb connected to two sockets on opposite sides, much like a battery. You should be able to pull it out with your index finger and thumb.

Install the replacement light bulb by pushing and snapping it in place within its two sockets within the housing and then flip the lens upward and snap it in place, covering up the bulb.

Reconnect the battery cable to the negative battery terminal and tighten the clamp nut.

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • Small flat screwdriver

  • Dome light bulb

 How to Replace the Dome Lights on a Rav4

Turn your Toyota RAV4 off and make sure that the dome light is not warm by letting it sit for a few minutes before doing anything.

Turn the dome light switch to the off position.

Close all doors to keep the dome light from coming on during the process of replacing it.

Insert your screwdriver between the clear dome light cover and the plastic frame surrounding it and gently pry the cover back from the assembly.

Cover the dome light bulb with a towel and twist in a counter clockwise motion to pull it loose.

Insert your new dome light bulb into the socket and twist it in a clockwise motion to secure it in the socket.

Place the clear dome light cover into the opening around the new dome light bulb. Push it firmly into place so that it is flush with the assembly.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Towel

  • Light bulb (DE3175)

 How to Replace the Dome Lights in a Mitsubishi Outlander

Insert a small flat-bladed screwdriver into the small indent on the dome light cover. Pry the cover off, releasing the retaining clips.

Pull the existing bulb out of the socket. Push a new dome light bulb into the socket until it is secure.

Line up the cover, starting on the edge opposite the indent. Press firmly until the cover snaps into place.

Items you will need

  • Flat-bladed screwdriver

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