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First the Disclaimers:
2011 1LT Equinox with Convenience Group
Production Date 1/2011

Special Thanks to Member: gmiemigrad
Who did all the "leg work" on this Mod...without his research this would probably still be a "hidden" option.[/color]


If your Equinox or Terrain doesn't have front footwell courtesy lights...this Mod will provide them...using OEM parts that work just like the LTZ that comes with them standard...

If you succeed with this Modification on other than a 1LT please post what model it worked on
If you don't have the harness please post what model and the production date[/color]
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First determine if your Nox / Terrain is equipped with the Factory harnesses.

This is most easily determined on the Passenger side...and requires no tools !!![/color]

So first remove the glovebox...The view is MUCH better with the glovebox out.

To remove the glove box:

Open the glove box and let it open till it reaches the "stop" at the top center of the back wall.

Slightly close the door and press the stop upward to clear the back wall of the glovebox and pull the door the rest of the way open.

Support the glovebox with both hands...one on the lower right...the other on the lower left.

The glovebox "pivots" are "pins" which sit in "open channel hooks" along the bottom. The "hooks" are on the door itself...the "pins" are part of the dash shell.

Simply push up on one lower corner at a time and the glovebox "pops" right off the pivot pins.
Installation is the reverse of removal

Some pictures of how to remove the glove box...

Pic 1:Open the glove box and let it open till it reaches the "stop" at the top center of the back wall.


Pic 2:Slightly close the door and press the stop upward to clear the back wall of the glovebox and pull the door the rest of the way open. (Mrs. MOCHANOX demonstrates... :thumb: )


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More on Glovebox removal

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Last Pic shows location of components

If your Nox or Terrain has the white tape (I have heard some folks have black tape) and you see the harness with the connector you are "home free"

This picture shows you what you want to find behind your glovebox.

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When you find your harness and connector you are going to need:

2 of GM Part number 13503059 They are about $14.00 each
These are the "Lens with bulb" assembly which snaps into the harness connector and then snaps into the openings under the passenger and driver side dash "cover panels"

This is what they look like...yes...they come with the bulbs already in them

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So now take a razor knife and carefully slice the white (or black) tape which is holding the harness and connector you need.

Then feed the harness and connector thru the dome shaped mounting hole and out the bottom like in the first pic...please note I left the white tape in place when I snapped the picture but you should be able to see the harness snaking it's way down thru the dome

The second picture shows the connector hanging below the dash....sorry my autofocus camera made a mess of a few of the pics but you should get the idea...

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Now take your lens/bulb assembly and snap it onto the harness connector

Please note in the picture the orientation of the lens and the harness connector...it only goes on one way...but I don't want you having trouble with it and/or bending the delicate prongs in the lens assembly....

Next just snap the connector "home" and feed the lens assembly into the hole...back end (with the connector first) and then lift the front and snap into place.

Maybe I'll get a chance to post a video of this step...but it really is a snap (haha no pun intended)

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Ok...so put your glovebox back on and let's move to the Driver side...

The driver side is a little more difficult...but is still really easy.

First you need to remove the knee bolster. You will need a 7MM nut driver...or a 7MM 1/4 drive socket and 1/4 drive rachet...

Look under the dash on the driver side starting closest to the center console...this is what you will see...remove the 7MM screw...

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Moving to the left...in the center you will see another 7MM screw...you do NOT have to remove this screw...this is what it looks like though...

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Move all the way to the left...over the Park Brake Pedal is the outer 7MM screw...you will need to remove this one...

Set the park brake by depressing the pedal to give you more room for your ratchet or nut driver...

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With the 2 screws removed you will now be able to remove the Knee Bolster...

Just under the steering wheel shroud you will see a "cut out" in the bolster...

First grab the left side of the cutout with your hand and pull until the clip releases...does NOT take a lot of force...

Then grab the right side of the cutout and repeat.

At this point the upper center and upper right clips should have released.

Now grab the top left corner and pull gently and the upper left corner should pop out.

Once the top is free the remainder should pull horizontally straight out with minimal effort.

Here is what it looks like removed...please remember 2 things here:

1. In the pic below the knee bolster is removed and upside down
2. The reason it's upside down is because the hood release handle and cable are still attached.

No big deal...just set it down and let's move on...

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With the Knee Bolster out you are now looking at an aluminum plate held in place with 4 10MM screws

Remove the 4 - 10MM screws and take off the plate (it's gonna fall into your hands)

Please note the yellow "arrows" pointing to the "pillar" behind which you will find the next harness


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Here is the harness...hiding behind the pillar...note the white tape (may be black) and again the connector...

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So just like on the passenger side...slice the tape and unwind the harness and feed the connector thru the opening and connect the Lens/bulb assembly and snap into place and snap into the rectangular hole.

PLEASE NOTE: On our Nox...this harness was a lot shorter than on the passenger side. It will be worth your time to "massage" the fold out of the harness as you may find as I did that only an inch or so will protrude thru the opening...no biggee...a little is all you need...

Again...make sure you orient the nub on the connector and the Lens assembly correctly...and snap everything together just like the other side.

Reassemble

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These lights operate just like your overhead map lights when you open and close the doors...and / or turn the ignition key to start the engine

they get brighter and dim down just like the map lights...

enjoy !!!

Finally...Thanks again to member gmiemigrad for doing all the leg work on this mod.

This picture essay is sort of a Thank you...to you... :thumb: :thumb:


and a Thank you to Admin for restoring pictures on the Site....I've been "sitting" on posting this for 2 days... :hilarious:
 

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Really appreciate this, its going to help alot for me. Especially on the drivers side. Did you order the parts from GM PartsDirect?
 

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Has anyone found the cover for these? ON GMPARTS DIRECT it shows a shield or cover thing that, I assume, would direct more light to the floor and keep it from escaping into the dash.
 

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Phantm006 said:
Has anyone found the cover for these? ON GMPARTS DIRECT it shows a shield or cover thing that, I assume, would direct more light to the floor and keep it from escaping into the dash.
If I understand your question correctly...the answer is...you already have everything you need...just get the 2 lamps

GM Part number 13503059

I am basing my answer on your other post in the other thread where you removed the glovebox and found the harness with black tape instead of white. In that post you even stated you saw the "dome" but weren't clear on how the "lamp/lens" would fit in there...am I correct ?

If your Terrain already has the rectangular "cut outs" like in the picture in this post...

http://www.equinoxforum.net/index.php?topic=2683.msg33423#msg33423

Then you already have the correct "covers"...
 

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Thanks for clarifying that. I was mainly referring to the part on gmpartsdirect" that says bulb back or something to that effect. It looks like something you'd put behind the bulb to stop light leak and plastic from melting. Didn't know if we needed it. You ordered from gmpartsdirect right?
 

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First - thanks so much to MOCHANOX for doing the detailed install post with pictures - didn't have time to put one together myself.
Second - I ordered mine form GMPartsDirect - part number listed in thread is all you need
 
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