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This is not the easiest fix, so if you are unfamiliar with car electronics or console removal and replacement i would advise against trying this yourself. It can be done easily by someone skilled with car electronics.

1. Remove chrome bezel, Its popped in place so get a small flathead to wedge it up SLOWLY. There are four contact points that hold this in place. The contacts are near the "P" and "1" symbols.

2. lift console lid and unscrew both hex screws with a socket wrench.

2a. You may need to reposition the shifter from park to Drive in order to pull the section out completely. Dont forget to apply the parking brake! with key in ignition but engine off, shift back to drive or neutral.

3. start lifting the console/ cupholder section up from the side nearest the screws you just removed. This big piece will pop out with gentle pressure.

4. on top of the shifter remains the black bezel with your shifter positions "P, R, N, D etc. This black piece pops out but cannot be fully removed because the shifter handle is too wide. Pop the 4 contacts in each corner to lift the piece.

5. you will now see the "track" section of the shifter. White plastic frame on your drivers side and black on the opposite side. Underneath the white side, you will see 2 small wires leading into your shifter symbol case. These wires are your power source for the bulb.

6. Twist the bulb frame (the black piece that the wires lead into) to unlock the bulb. If the bulb is fried it will have broken filaments.

I had the same issue with my light going out, only my issue was the wiring had gone bad from rubbing against the shifter. I clipped out the bad section of wire and replaced it with a small LED light.

If you decide to do the same, the White wire is your hot 12volt switched. The black is your negative/ground.

Follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page for pictures of the above directions.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010


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