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Jeep Grand Cherokee Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change the low beam, high beam, turn signal, DRL and side marker headlight bulbs in a 2011-2016 Grand Cherokee.

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2012 Grand Cherokee Headlight
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Access Port In Wheel Well
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Twist Off Counter Clockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 4th generation "WK2" (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) Jeep Grand Cherokee in changing a burnt out low beam, high beam, front turn signal, DRL (daytime running light) and front side marker bulbs in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM SUV or minivan vehicles with similar headlight bulb housings such as the Town & Country, Patriot, Compass, Cherokee, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, and C/V Tradesman may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement headlight bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # H11, High Beam # 9005, Front Turn Signal # 7444NA, Front Side Marker # 2825 and DRL # 3157.

No tools are needed to replace any of the driver side headlight bulbs. For the bulbs on the passenger side, you may need an 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench to remove the coolant overflow bottle.

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Front Side Marker Socket
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Take Off Top Air Box
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Pull Out Pop Rivet Fastener
To change the Low Beam headlight bulb on either side, first move to the wheel well liner or "splash shield".

Twist off the round access panel or "port" located just in front of the tire by turning it 1/4 turn counter clockwise. Set the cover aside in a safe place.

The low beam bulbs in each headlight are located near the outer edge of the housing. (The next few steps are not pictured.)

Reach in through the access hole and rotate the base of the low beam bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise, pull it out of the housing and disconnect the electrical connector. You may need to use a small flathead screwdriver to gently pry off the power plug from the base of the old low beam bulb.

Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything dirty in the engine bay. If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new H11 low beam bulb back in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place. Push the power connector straight on to the base of the new bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

You can also reach the small front side marker light bulb sockets through the wheel well liner access hole.


To replace the High Beam, Front Turn Signal or the Daytime Running Light bulbs on the driver side, you'll need to remove the engine air box.

Begin by flipping down the two metal clasps on the right side, lift the top half of the air box off, and remove the engine air filter.

Pop out the single green plastic friction fastener that holds the rubber gasket in place to the air intake tube.

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Pull Out Bottom Half Air Box
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Move Box Away
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Room To Access Bulbs
Then firmly pull up the bottom half of the air box to disconnect the friction fasteners that hold it down to the engine bay. Move the bottom half of the air box out of the way.

Now you can easily access the three bulbs within the inner part of the headlight assembly.



 

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Passenger Side Headlight
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Remove Coolant Tank 8mm Bolt
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Daytime Running Lamp
To access the High Beam, Turn Signal, or Daytime Running Light bulbs on the Passenger Side, you'll need to remove the three 8mm bolts that holds the coolant overflow bottle in place.

The top bolt is easy to find, the second one is a bit harder to remove and the third bolt near the bottom of the tank is fairly difficult to access. So try to be patient and take your time.

Turn the bolts counter clockwise with the 8mm socket and ratcheting wrench to remove them. Set the bolts aside in a safe place.

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Orange Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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Turn Signal - High Beam - Low Beam
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High Beam Bulb
To remove the turn signal, front side marker or DRL bulbs, first rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Daytime Running Light Removed
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Pull Out Old Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket, push in a new bulb, re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The replacement bulb part numbers again are as follows: Low Beam H11, High Beam 9005, Front Turn Signal 7444NA, Front Side Marker 2825 and Daytime Running Lamp 3157.

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Push In New # 3157 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Front Turn Signal Light
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Remove Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old # 7444NA Bulb
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Push In New Amber Bulb
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Re-Insert Turn Signal Socket
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Secure
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Push Down Bottom Air Box
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Install Engine Air Filter
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Insert Tabs In To Slots
Once you are done replacing bulbs on the driver side, push the lower half of the air box down in to place.

Re-insert the engine air filter element in to the lower half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the metal screen mesh facing up towards you.

Insert the tabs on the top half of the air box in to the slots on the bottom half.

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Flip Up Two Metal Latches
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Secure Rubber Gasket To Air Intake
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Test New Headlight Bulbs
Flip up the two metal latches on the bottom half of the air box over the top half to secure it in place.

Re-insert the green plastic pop rivet fastener on the engine bay gasket in to the hole on the air intake tube.

Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlights, flashing the high beams and activating the hazard signals.

For more, check out my other Jeep Grand Cherokee DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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