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Old 03-16-2019, 08:51 PM   #1
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Question Changing out bulbs in dome/map to LEDs in my 2017 Interstate

I'm hopeful that someone can help me figure out how to replace the two sets of bulbs (one dome, one map) which are filament bulbs with L.E.D. bulbs.

I checked here, read my manuals, and looked for any YouTube videos and found nothing on how to remove the plastic lens covers so I can get at the bulbs.

I thought I had one lens off but I was afraid I was going to crack it if forced too hard.

Also if anyone who has done this, where did you find the best source for the LED replacements?

Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:03 PM   #2
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I was able to snap the lens cover off. I used these LED's from Amazon, and am real happy with them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

A fellow forum member pointed me to them. He subsequently found a different style that he liked better for some reason.
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I was able to snap the lens cover off. I used these LED's from Amazon, and am real happy with them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
So this looks like a pack of six, so two on each side? and they fitted up there OK?

I was not able to pop off the lens, even after repeated tries. I carefully used a screwdriver blade but to no avail. I feel I am missing a step.
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A fellow forum member pointed me to them. He subsequently found a different style that he liked better for some reason.
that would be me

I replaced them with these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Direct fitment.

Kevin, and remember that since these are diodes, those are directional (polarity matters), meaning that if you install them and they do not work, turn them around and they will work...

Removing the lens? Should be easy... start on the outside... let me give you the link to when I first did this...maybe you can see the tabs location.

You will see the lights Titus mentioned. Later I replaced them for ones with direct fitment (link provided above)... no reason, just had them left over from another car.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ml#post2105372

Hope that helps.
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Thanks Wachuko, wasn't trying to steal your credit, just couldn't remember who it was.

Sheakev,
Regarding fit, I found that a dab of hot glue between the LED and body of the fixture was needed to keep the LEDs situated over the 'opening' in the lens cover. I don't recall the exact procedure for removing the lens. I think I started by pushing in on the door-side of the lens to unsnap that side first, but am not sure. I was afraid that the low current draw of the LEDs may keep the door-open LED from dimming out after a few seconds or the map light LED turning off after a few minutes, but both of those features still work. The LED's I used had several different adaptors to fit different wiring harnesses, and one of those adaptors was the right one.
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that would be me

I replaced them with these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Direct fitment.

Kevin, and remember that since these are diodes, those are directional (polarity matters), meaning that if you install them and they do not work, turn them around and they will work...

Removing the lens? Should be easy... start on the outside... let me give you the link to when I first did this...maybe you can see the tabs location.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ml#post2105372

Hope that helps.
It does help. The pictures were quite helpful, I did see the outside tabs when I tried to remove it yesterday but was concerned that I was missing some sort of locking mechanism. Also you confirmed that I need four of the same type of bulbs, I had thought one might be the festoon type.
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I don't recall the exact procedure for removing the lens. I think I started by pushing in on the door-side of the lens to unsnap that side first, but am not sure. I was afraid that the low current draw of the LEDs may keep the door-open LED from dimming out after a few seconds or the map light LED turning off after a few minutes, but both of those features still work. The LED's I used had several different adaptors to fit different wiring harnesses, and one of those adaptors was the right one.
Good to hear that the dimming feature still worked. I will give the lens removal a try later today and then order the LEDs.

Thanks to both of you!

We are about two months from our trip to Alaska and working on getting all my projects completed and tested.
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Thanks Wachuko, wasn't trying to steal your credit, just couldn't remember who it was....

Titus, nothing like that at all. I was just being silly. Cheers!!
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Tincamper had a post last year describing his trip to AK. I added our experiences to it. Our trip was 8500 miles, 42 days. Roads were a bit dusty/muddy/bumpy in places, but not too bad. Can provide more details if you are interested. Have fun!
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Tincamper had a post last year describing his trip to AK. I added our experiences to it. Our trip was 8500 miles, 42 days. Roads were a bit dusty/muddy/bumpy in places, but not too bad. Can provide more details if you are interested. Have fun!
I read his blog as well as the posts here from Tincamper yourself and others. I started re-reading them this weekend.
I may very well take you up on your offer on more details as I read through it again and finalize our plans.

Thanks!


PS, got the lenses off last night and have ordered the LEDs; one more thing off my checklist.
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