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Dodge Journey Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tail gate of a first generation 2009 to 2014 Dodge Journey SUV.

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2009 Journey Tail Gate
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Insert Small Flathead Screwdriver
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Pry Out Lens Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 1st generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Dodge Journey SUV in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the underside of the the tail gate.

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

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb is part number 578. They are available from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA. You may also use a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to change either of the two cargo area light bulbs in the tail gate door is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the lens cover.

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Remove Lens Cover
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Two Cargo Light Bulbs Exposed
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Pull Out Old Bulb
Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the lens cover and the plastic tail gate panel.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place. You may need to re-insert the screwdriver in to more than one place on the lens cover to pry it out.

Grasp the burnt out bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

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Old # 578 Bulb Removed
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Festoon Style Bulb
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Push In New # 578 Bulb
Push a new # 578 bulb straight in to the socket.

If you want a traditional incandescent bulb, choose the Sylvania 578 light bulb. Or there are brighter LED options.

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Line Up Lens Cover
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Gently Snap In Lens Cover
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Cargo Bulbs Replaced
Line up the lens cover and gently snap it back in to place.

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

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