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How to change the MAP Lights

This is I think a dumb question, but what is the safest and easiest way to change the MAP LIGHTS on the Sedan?

I don't know if I need to take the whole thing off, or I can just pop out the lights themselves.

It just looks fragile and I don't want to break anything.
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Get a really thin flat tip screwdriver and pry off the lenses. If you look closely, you can see more opaque parts on the edge of the lens, those are the clips, there are four of them. Just pry gently and they'll pop out. You might want to use the screwdriver to pry out the bulbs too.

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Also wrap the screwdriver tip with some tape so you don't scratch up the plastic.

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From my experience doing this, it is very, very difficult to not scratch the plastic lens and/or the plastic base when using a screw driver to pry the lens off. It's also very difficult to remove the map light lenses without slightly bending the clips. As careful as I was, the clips bent just slightly which caused the lenses to be loose and hang a little. I ended up ordering 2 new lenses which only cost a few bucks.

As for the dome light, I found that the plastic base around the lens scratches VERY easily, much more so than the plastic around the map light lenses. If little scratches don't bother you, then it shouldn't be an issue. But the only way to really do it right without any scratches at all would be to replace the whole assembly. Either that or find some sort of softer, non-metal tool to use to pry the lens off.

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Agreed in regards to the dome light, I actually put a small scratch on the plastic border =(

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Either that or find some sort of softer, non-metal tool to use to pry the lens off.
Honda has a trim removal toolset, some of the accessories' installation instructions specify this as a requirement. I am not sure if it is available to the general public. You may want to buy a small plastic putty knife and try that. It may still be too think in which case you should be able to shave some of it off.

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I changed my dome lights today, but I used a blade knife to do it. I was very careful and didn't scratch anything. I put some nice WHITE LED in there and I will now change everything in the car to LED (INTERIOR THAT IS). I also changed the glove box and trunk. OHHHH and the liscense plate lights too.
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I changed my dome lights today, but I used a blade knife to do it. I was very careful and didn't scratch anything. I put some nice WHITE LED in there and I will now change everything in the car to LED (INTERIOR THAT IS). I also changed the glove box and trunk. OHHHH and the liscense plate lights too.
damn i forgot about the glove box now have to pay more for shipping.

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Glove box is the only light I have yet to change. I briefly took a look inside there but couldn't tell how to access the light. Any tips?

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Glove box is the only light I have yet to change. I briefly took a look inside there but couldn't tell how to access the light. Any tips?
You tried taking out the glove box? It's pretty easy -- unclip the damper by pushing it towards the front of the car, unclip the two hooks by pushing on each side of the glovebox. At this point the glove box will drop down (still attached via bolts.) If you still cannot reach the light, you may have to remove the two bolts to take out the glove box completely.

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Glove box is the only light I have yet to change. I briefly took a look inside there but couldn't tell how to access the light. Any tips?
Man all you do is this:
1-Open the GLOVE BOX
2- Push the sides of the glove box to the inside so you can pull the glove box a little. You will see the glove box kind of drop down. If the DAMPNER pops don't worry, it just hooks back on.
3-Now the light is on top, rotate the socket clockwise and it will come off.
4-Change the light
5-Snap the socket back on be rotating it
6-Push glove box back up (Remember to hook the dampner)
DONE
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