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Dodge Grand Caravan License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate of a 5th generation 2008 to 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan.

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2013 Grand Caravan License Plate
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Left License Plate Light Housing
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Press In Release Tab On Right

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 5th generation or "Generation V" (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Dodge Grand Caravan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb or upgrading both bulbs to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM vehicles such as the Avenger, 200, 300, Town & Country, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Patriot, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Compass, 1500, 2500, 3500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part number 168 which is available from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Maxell, PIAA and Eiko. You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as # 158, W5W, 2825 or 194.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the light housing.

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Pry Out Light Housing
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Light Housing Removed
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Rotate Counterclockwise
The first step is to locate the small white plastic release tab on the right side of the license plate light bulb housing.

Then gently push in the white plastic tab to release the light housing from the tailgate door.

Pull out the light housing.

Rotate the light grey bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Pull Out Old # 168 Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.



 

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Push In New # 168 Bulb
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Re-Insert Bulb Socket
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Insert Light Housing
Push a new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, W5W, 2825, 194 or a compatible LED bulb.

Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

First re-insert the wires in to the tailgate and then the tab on the left side of the light housing.

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Pop In Retaining Clip
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Light Housing Replaced
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Test New License Plate Bulbs
Gently pop in the retaining clip on the right side of the housing.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the unlock button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other Dodge Grand Caravan DIY Maintenance Guides.
 

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