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05-07 Map Light Removal

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Hey all,

 

I wanted to try to change the map light in my rear view mirror to either an LED or some other color. I just can't seem to get it out though. I was wondering if anyone knows how to do this. It seems like maybe I must twist it. Looking inside (as best I could) it kinda looks like maybe it's hardwired in there. Does anyone know?

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"Map Light?"....I didn't know I had one, but wish I did. What model does that come with?

 

I don't know about the 2003 and 2004, but for all 2005 and later, every trim has a maplight. If you don't have a sunroof or an automatic dimming rearview mirror, the maplights are mounted in the bottom of the rearview mirror. This setup is similar to what is found on a lot of convertibles.

 

If your Corolla has a moonroof or a factory auto dimming mirror, you get a roof mounted maplight that is integrated into the moonroof switch assembly or what would contain the moonroof switch if your car had one. It is easier to change, but for whatever reason it doesn't feature battery save like the mirror mounted maplight does.

 

I really don't know why Toyota couldn't make the maplight that is intregrated into the roof work with the car's battery save feature like the mirror mounted lamps do. I guess one possible reason for this is that it is easy to accidentally activate the mirror mounted lamps when adjusting the mirror and harder to tell if they are on. My 1st car was a convertible with mirror mounted maplights and I can't tell you how many times I accidentally switched on those lights while adjusting the mirror.

Edited by the99contour

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How does the batt save feature work? Is it basically just an auto-off timer? This is the first I've heard of it.

 

 

But more to the point, how do I remove them? The plastic lens is removeable, so I would think that this means the bulb is too, but if it is, it's in there tight.

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How does the batt save feature work? Is it basically just an auto-off timer? This is the first I've heard of it.

 

 

But more to the point, how do I remove them? The plastic lens is removable, so I would think that this means the bulb is too, but if it is, it's in there tight.

 

Battery Save started appearing on cars in the early 1990's. It is a really useful feature that every car should have, because what it does is start a countdown after you turn off the ignition off, when that countdown reaches zero, any light left on in the interior of the vehicle is turned off. It keeps a partially opened door from keeping your dome light on all night and draining your battery.

 

About removing your bulbs, I would think your owner's manual would have the procedure outlined pretty clearly. Have you checked in the owner's manual yet?

 

If it isn't in there, there is a chance that the bulbs aren't user replaceable. I know the bulbs on my Chrysler's mirror were directly wired in and to replace them you had to remove the mirror from the car and do some soldering.

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The maplights don't seem to be available on the Canadian models of Corolla, even up to the '07's.

 

Exactly. My '05 doesn't have one but my ex-girlfriend '06 Matrix XR has the maplights. Both cars without sunroofs or auto-dimming mirror.

Edited by Ti-Jean

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The maplights don't seem to be available on the Canadian models of Corolla, even up to the '07's.

 

That is just another way in which you got less than we got then. IIRC, you guys didn't get automatic lights either.

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Isn't there a light in the glovebox that can be used by a passenger to read while driving?

 

No, virtually no low end cars have glove box lights or footwell lights anymore. As far as I know, no 9th generation Corolla has a glove box light, I know mine certainly does not.

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Isn't there a light in the glovebox that can be used by a passenger to read while driving?

 

No, virtually no low end cars have glove box lights or footwell lights anymore. As far as I know, no 9th generation Corolla has a glove box light, I know mine certainly does not.

That's a shame. I bet it would not be hard to put one in.

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That's a shame. I bet it would not be hard to put one in.

 

 

It isn't difficult providing you know what parts to get and how to do automotive wiring and soldiering.

 

The thing is, it takes over an hour for most cars because of the assembly and disassembly required.

 

Disassembly and wiring aren't things most people want to dive into.

 

Even if you can get a kit for your car to do certain lighting projects like you can for the Mazda Miata to put in footwell lamps, it is still time consuming, even though everything has the holes already drilled and the wiring hooks into existing wires they tell you how to find and splice into. I believe the interior disassembly alone takes over an hour, then it takes 15 minutes or so to install 2 rather small lights and then another 30 minutes for reassembly.

 

Unless I really wasn't satisfied with the interior light level in my car when I got into it, I would not put the time or effort into such a project.

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