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Dodge Charger License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper cover of a 7th generation 2011-2014 Dodge Charger.

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2014 Charger License Plate
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Loosen Phillips Head Screw
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Phillips Head Screw Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the seventh generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & possibly also the revised 2015) Dodge Charger sedan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper cover.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge and RAM vehicles such as the Town & Country, 300, 200, Avenger, Challenger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan, and Ram C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part number 168, which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

The only tool needed to remove the housing and replace the bulb is a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Remove 2nd Screw
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Two Phillips Head Screws
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Pull Out Bulb Housing
Remove the two screws holding the license plate light bulb housing in place by turning them counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull the bulb housing down out of the bumper cover.

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Grey Plastic Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
Rotate the grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
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Old # 168 Bulb Removed
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Push In New # 168 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock



 

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 bulb.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158 (dimmer), W5W, 2825, 194 (brighter) or a compatible LED unit.

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

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Re-Insert Bulb Housing
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Spin In Screw By Hand
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Re-Insert 2nd Phillips Screw
Carefully re-insert the bulb housing in to the opening in the bumper cover.

Line up the screw holes in the bulb housing with their corresponding holes in the bumper cover.

Spin in the two screws a turn or two by hand.

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Tighten With Screwdriver
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Tighten Screw Clockwise
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Test New License Plate Bulb
Tighten the two screws with the Phillips head screwdriver until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the two screws to prevent from stripping the threads or cracking the plastic housing.

Test the new license plate light bulb by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other 2011-2014 Dodge Charger DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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