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Dodge Challenger Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail lights of a 2008-2015 Dodge Challenger.

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2015 Dodge Challenger
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Open Trunk Lid
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Plastic Thumb Nut

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & possibly also the 2016 model year) Dodge Challenger in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail light housings.

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

This 2015 Challenger is equipped with LED bulbs that will last the life time of the vehicle. I created this guide to show you the procedure for accessing the bulb sockets on earlier model years.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Brake # 3057, Rear Turn Signal # 3057 and Reverse # 921.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool and a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Pull Back Trunk Carpet
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Loosen 2nd Plastic Fastener
The first step is to open the trunk lid.

Then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out bulb.

To remove the outer tail light housing, loosen the black plastic thumb nut or "wing nut" located on the carpet liner by turning it counterclockwise.

Then pull back the carpet liner and remove the second black plastic wing nut by turning it counterclockwise.

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Two Plastic Wing Nuts
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Pull Off Tail Light Housing
Set the two wing nuts aside in a safe place.

Press the release tab on the grey plastic electrical connector and slide it out of its socket.

Gently pull the tail light housing straight off the rear of the vehicle.

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Turn Over Assembly
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Trunk Lid Light Housing
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Trunk Lid Carpet Liner
Turn over the tail light assembly to access the bulb sockets.

On this 2015 Challenger with LED tail lights, there are no owner replaceable bulbs.

On the previous 2008 to 2014 Challenger model years, you'll see the round plastic bulb sockets.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and remove it from the housing.

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

The brake and rear turn signal light bulbs are both # 3057. The reverse bulbs are part number 921.

Once you have replaced the bulbs, push on the housing, secure it with the inner wing nut, cover it with the carpeted trunk liner and spin on the outer wing nut.

To access the tail light bulbs in the trunk lid, locate the two wing nuts.

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Loosen Plastic Thumb Nut
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Right Side Thumb Nut
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Pry Out Center of Fastener
Loosen the two black plastic wing nuts by turning them counterclockwise.

Then pry out the center pieces of the two black plastic fasteners.

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Plastic Fastener Removed
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Pry Out 2nd Fastener
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2nd Fastener Removed
After the center part has been released, you can pry out the base of the fasteners.



 

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Pull Off Plastic Side Cover
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Plastic Panel Removed
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Loosen Torx T-20 Screw
Move to the side of the trunk lid and gently pull off the plastic panel.

Then loosen the screw by turning it counterclockwise with a Torx T20 screwdriver.

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Remove Right Side Cover
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Plastic Cover Removed
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Remove 2nd Torx Screw
Repeat the process to remove the plastic cover and Torx T-20 screw on the other side of the trunk lid.
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Panels, Fasteners & Screws
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Tap On Screw Ends
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Pull Out Entire Assembly
Set the two screws aside in a safe place with the other fasteners and plastic panels.

Tap on the exposed screw ends to help loosen the center tail light assembly.

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Electrical Connector
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Replace T20 Screw
Carefully pull the tail light housing off the trunk lid.

Press the release tab on the electrical connector and slide it out of its socket.

Turn over the center tail light housing to access the bulb sockets.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it out of the housing.

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

To replace the center tail light housing, hold it near the trunk lid and push in the electrical connector back in to its socket.

Line up the screw ends with their corresponding holes and push the housing back in to place.

Replace the screw on the outer edge of the housing and tighten it in the clockwise direction with the Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.

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Replace 2nd Torx Screw
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Push On Plastic Cover
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Replace Right Side Cover
Replace the 2nd Torx screw on the other side of the trunk lid by turning it clockwise.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic tail light housing.

Gently pop the plastic trim panels back in to place on either side of the trunk lid.

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Push In Plastic Fasteners
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Spin On Wing Nuts
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Tail Light Housing Replaced
Re-insert the plastic fasteners and then pop in the center pieces to secure them in place.

Spin on the two wing nuts in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out my other 2008-2015 Dodge Challenger DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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