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Dodge Journey Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change the rear turn signal and reverse bulbs in the tail lights of a 1st generation 2009-2014 Dodge Journey.

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2013 Journey Tail Light
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Open Tail Gate - 2 Fasteners
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Pry Out Center of Fastener

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 brake, rear turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail light assemblies.

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

Replacement bulbs for 2011-2014 models with LED brake lights are as follows: Rear Turn Signal # 7440A and Reverse # 7440.

Other Journey models with standard incandescent brake lights use the following bulbs with their part numbers: Brake # 3157, Rear Turn Signal # 3757A and Reverse # 3157.

The only tool needed to change any of the bulbs is a flathead screwdriver.

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Pry Out Plastic Fastener
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Pry Out Center 2nd Fastener
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Pry Out Larger Outer Piece
The first two steps are to open the cargo tail gate and move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out tail light bulb.

For models with LED brake lights, the larger outer housing contains the Rear Turn Signal light bulb and the smaller housing attached to the tail gate contains the Reverse light bulb.

Then locate the two black plastic fasteners on the inner edge of the tail light housing that were hidden by the tail gate door.

Gently pry out the smaller round center piece of each fastener with the flathead screwdriver.

Then pry out the larger outer piece of the two fasteners. Set aside the four pieces in a safe place.

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Pull Off Tail Light Assembly
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Turn Over Tail Light Housing
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull the tail light housing straight off the rear corner of the vehicle.

If you have trouble removing the tail light, try gently wiggling the housing while pulling to disengage the two pegs or "spikes" on the rear that act as friction fasteners.

To avoid scratching the plastic tail light lens or the painted bumper, place a towel in between the two surfaces.

Turn over the housing and rest it on the bumper.

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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Turn Signal Bulb
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Push In New # 7440A
Rotate the light grey turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored number 7440A bulb.

(Journey models with standard incandescent brake lights use # 3757A rear turn signal light bulbs.)

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Line Up 2 Pegs & Holes
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Push On Tail Light Housing
Re-insert the turn signal bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

To replace the tail light housing, line up the two pegs or "spikes" on the rear of the tail light with the two plastic grommet holes on the corner of the vehicle and push the housing back in to place.



 

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Insert Larger Piece Pop Rivet
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Re-Insert 2nd Fastener
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Pop In Smaller Center Piece
Insert the larger outer piece of each fastener in to the hole in the tail light housing and through to the metal body panel.

Then pop in the two smaller center pieces to secure the fasteners in place.

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Push In Center To Lock
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Secure Lower Fastener
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Tail Gate Light Housing
The reverse light bulb is contained within the smaller tail light housing attached to the tail gate.
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2 8mm Screws - Underside
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Loosen Counter Clockwise
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Remove 2nd 8mm Screw
Locate the two screws on the under side of the tail gate near the outer edge.

Remove the two screws by turning them counter clockwise with the 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

The tail light is still held in place by two pegs or "spikes" on the rear of the housing that act as friction fasteners inside of plastic grommets.

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Two 8mm Screws Removed
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Pry Off Tail Gate Housing
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Remove Light Housing
Pull the housing straight off the tail gate.

If you have trouble removing the housing, try wiggling it or gently pry at the inner edge with a small flathead screwdriver.

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Green Reverse Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Remove Reverse Socket
Rotate the green reverse light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and then pull it straight out of the housing.
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Pull Out Old # 7440 Bulb
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Re-Insert Reverse Socket
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7440 bulb.

(Journey models with standard incandescent brake lights use the # 3157 reverse light bulb.)

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

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Line Up Spikes & Grommets
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Push Housing On Tail Gate
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Insert 8mm Screws
Line up the two pegs on the rear of the housing with the corresponding white plastic grommets.

Push the housing in to place on the tail gate.

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Re-Insert 2nd 8mm Screw
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Turn Clockwise
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Tighten 8mm Screws
Tighten the two screws in to the underside of the tail gate by turning them clockwise with the 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

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

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

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