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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-26-2007, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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How to change the map light bulb . . . ?

Hi everyone,

I did a quick search on this and the HOW TO fora and cannot find a similar topic.

The map light (the one between the two sun visors) was burn, does anyone can post pics. to show how this light can be changed?

Anyone know what the part no. is?

Thanks in advance.

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it's really not that hard to do. you need to get your finger (or a screw driver) in between the plastic cover and the headliner. then you need to pull down and towards you at the same time. you'll probably feel like your're going to break it, so it will take some force to pop the clips off. once you get the tabs in front to pop out, the taps on the windshield will come off.

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Here is a listing of all the bulbs on 1st gen IS 2001 Lexus IS300 Bulb Reference
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Just got my bulb today

from the dealership, cost $2.30 + tax.

Dealer quotes about $35 with parts and labour.

Will try tonight.

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Done!! Thanks for all input.

After reading all the threads that have been posted, I've tried the process myself.

Took a while to pry open the cover and took a little while to took out the bulb.

Here is a pictures summary of how I've done it:

First of all, weapon of choice (as suggested in the other thread):


It is true that you only need to stick it in just a little bit. I find it is easier to push onto the two buttons, but not the empty cover since it is part of the cover you need to pry open. Also, do pry close to the little tab one at a time. Then you will see this:


Hope this picture gives you a better idea about what the small tab on the cover looks like:


There are two small legs on the bulb, took me a while and a lot of trials (pushing, pulling and swearing) to take the bulb out. Then find that you need to push the bulb in (then you will see those small legs) and then turn it about 90 degree (either way should be find) so that the small legs can go through the opening in the holder.

Here is a pic. of the bulb (sorry, not too clear):


Insert the replacement bulb in the reverse order of how I take it out, pop the coer back:


And the victory is mine!

Hope this will be easier for the next member to change their map light.

Thanks for all the helps. This saved me about $30. Checked with the dealership, this is not covered even my extended warranty is still valid.

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Must be nice to pay <$3. The dealers in AZ want $6.xx minimum. Can I take the bulb to AutoZone and find a cheaper commodity replacement?
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Must be nice to pay <$3. The dealers in AZ want $6.xx minimum. Can I take the bulb to AutoZone and find a cheaper commodity replacement?
I found a similar bulb at Auto Zone.
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I found a similar bulb at Auto Zone.
i got that one too, but it sucks... its retardedly dim.
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Exactly...

The first thing I asked the Auto Zone worker when I bought it was, "Now I can return these if they're not adequate, right?" Got that confirmed, and first impression = too dim. Not happy.
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I hadn't had a light since I got the car so I figured the dim light was better than nothing at all. I'm sure you can find better by looking around on the internet.
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I hadn't had a light since I got the car so I figured the dim light was better than nothing at all. I'm sure you can find better by looking around on the internet.
Ditto bro that really sucks i hope it works when i replace the bulb

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what size is the bulb I tried the 168 but it didn't fit can anyone pm thanks
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what size is the bulb I tried the 168 but it didn't fit can anyone pm thanks
Its not a 168, its a BA9 bulb.

Http://my.is/forums/f64/is300-bulb-sizes-340791/

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Just search up ba9 led on ebay, you'll literally have thousands to choose from. The led boards with the ba9 attachment are pretty nice and bright. Good luck!
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