Putco Interior LED Kit Install Information
Here are install photos and tips from my installation of the Putco Interior LED Kit for an 08 GMC Acadia.
I purchased this kit from http://www.xenondepot.com.
Here are the links to the kits for the Acadia and Enclave.
There are 2 different kits one is for vehicles
without the overhead DVD player PUTCO part #980035,
and one for vehicles
with the overhead DVD player PUTCO part #980036.
There are no applications available according to the PUTCO site for the Outlook or Traverse.
I installed the kit without the DVD player, and the kit includes 8 wedge base bulbs with 1 LED in each bulb for the 8 overhead lights. The kit does not include the driver and passenger foot well, or rear lift gate lights.
The instructions that came with the package, showed the proper bulbs in the photos above, but the diagrams and instructions did not pertain to the Acadia at all. The installation took me 1 hour including time to take photos and notes. I could probably do it again in 20-30 minutes. I hope that with these instructions you can do it in about 30-45 mins.
A small flat head screwdriver
A T10 torx head screwdriver
Prior to starting installation some may advise to disconnect the battery cables (the instructions did not say to do this), but I did not so that I could ensure the bulbs worked prior to putting the assembly back together. The bulb bases have 2 metal wire contacts, one on each side of the base, 1 short and 1 long. If the bulb is not installed with contacts facing the proper way then the light will not work. You will have to remove the bulb, turn it and reinstall.
I started with the front seat dome light with Homelink buttons. I used a small flat head screwdriver to get a small opening between the light and the headliner. Once I got my finger in, I used slight downward pressure and removed it from its 4 retaining clips holding it in place.
Once the unit is removed there is a wire harness with a green connector, push the release button (circled in photo) and detach it.
The actual light assembly has 3 Torx screws (T-10) holding it to the trim panel. Remove the 3 screws to access the bulbs (1 screw is under the green harness adapter, you can remove the green plug to access the screw if needed by releasing the locking clip underneath it with the small screwdriver and sliding it off). Removing the plug is not required.
The light assembly will look like the photo below.
I was unable to grasp the bulbs and remove them with my fingers, so I used the small flat blade screwdriver and pushed the base of the bulb from the back side of the assembly to pop them out.
Then insert the new LED bulbs. Reattach the green harness connector and push the light button to see if they work. If they don’t light up, then pop the bulb back out and turn it, then insert it. Try again… You should be good to go now. Reattach the light assembly to the trim panel with the 3 Torx screws, then push the Trim panel back into place with firm pressure to engage the metal clips.
The 2nd Row, 3rd row, and Cargo Area light assemblies are identical.
They all have 2 brass spring loaded clips, 2 retaining clips, and 4 black pieces of plastic that act as hinges holding them in place. The 2 brass spring loaded clips shown in the photo are located 2 ¼” towards the center from the outside edges of the trim. The 2nd row and Cargo area spring clips face the front of the vehicle, the 3rd row faces the rear.
Using the small screwdriver insert the tip into the void between the trim and headliner, gently pull down, you should see the 2 brass spring clips. Use the screwdriver and push inward on the clip to release it while pulling down with your hand. When the 2 spring clips are loosened, use gentle downward pressure, with slight pull in opposite direction (to pivot on the 4 pieces of plastic on the back side) of the brass clips to disengage the retaining clips in the top of the assembly.
When the light assembly is removed, you can disconnect the wire connector, to make it easier to remove screws and work on it.
Remove the 3 screws and remove and reinsert bulbs as mentioned with the front light assembly, ensure the bulbs work prior to reattaching everything. Push light assembly and trim piece back into place making sure the retaining clips on top fasten it in place.
Here are some before and after photos, I think KNOW my camera sucks with dark/night shots. The lights do not appear as bright as they really are, but you can tell the difference. I really like the Bright White with blue tint of the LED’s versus the factory Yellowish color.
Overall I like the kit, and the install was very easy. The included instructions didn’t really provide anything beneficial to the install but this isn’t a really technical project by any means. One thing that would make this kit really incredible is if it included the other lights for the foot wells, and lift gate, that would have really made the whole package that much better.
Here are some other dark shots with a different camera. They are a little fuzzy. sorry