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Jeep Grand Cherokee License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tail gate of a WK2 4th generation 2011-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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2012 Grand Cherokee License Light
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Push In Plastic Release Tab
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Right Lens Cover Release Tab

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 license plate light bulb in the cargo area tail gate.

Owners of other Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM SUV or minivan vehicles with similar rear tail gates 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.

A replacement bulb is part number 2825 available from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, and PIAA.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 168, W5W, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to remove the lens cover.

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Pull Out Lens Cover
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Lens Cover Removed
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Bulb Housing Exposed
The first step is to locate the small plastic tab in the center of the outer edge of each license plate light bulb lens cover.

Do not pry on the inner edges (closest to the center line of the SUV) that have two notches.

Gently push the release tab with the blade of the small flathead screwdriver to release the retaining clip and pull down the lens cover.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Old # 2825 License Bulb
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Empty Bulb Socket
Reach in to the housing and grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of its socket.
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Push In New # 2825 Bulb
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New Bulb Installed
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Insert Tabs First
Push a new 5 watt # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 168, W5W, 194 or a brighter LED unit.

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Pop In Retaining Clip
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Housing Lens Cover Replaced
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Test New License Plate Bulbs
Insert the two tabs on the inner edge of the lens cover in to the slots on the housing first.

Then pop in the retaining clip on the outer edge of the lens cover in to place.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the parking lights or the headlights.

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

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