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Dodge Durango Cargo Area Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tailgate door of a 3rd generation 2011 to 2015 Dodge Durango SUV.

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2014 Durango Tailgate Door
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Pry Off Plastic Panel
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Disengage Pop Rivets

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and also 2016 in Canada) Dodge Durango SUV in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tailgate door.

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

The OEM cargo area light bulbs in this 2014 Durango were Toshiba 12V5W miniature wedge base bulbs.

The 2014 and 2015 model years may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as # 168, W5W, 2825, 194, 158 or a compatible LED unit.

According to Sylvania, the 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years use the part number 214-2 "festoon" (fuse) type bulb.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

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Base of Bulb Housing
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Lift Fabric Cover
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool in between the metal tailgate door and the plastic tailgate panel.

Gently pry off the plastic panel to disengage the pop rivet friction fasteners.

You only need to remove a few of the pop rivets in order to access the cargo light housing.

Lift the fabric sound dampening blanket off the back side of the plastic panel.

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

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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Push In New # W5W or 168
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new one.

The OEM bulb in this 2014 Durango was a Toshiba 12V5W.

You should be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 2825, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

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

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Replace Fabric Cover
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Line Up Pop Rivets
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Tailgate Panel Secured
Push the fabric cover back in place over the tailgate panel.

Line up the pop rivet friction fasteners on the back side of the panel with their corresponding holes in the metal tailgate door.

Firmly tap the plastic panel back in to place on the tailgate door.

Test the new cargo area light bulbs by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other Dodge Durango DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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