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Jeep Patriot Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out dome light bulb in a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 Jeep Patriot SUV with the new part number.

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2016 Patriot Dome Light
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Small Notch - Left Side

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Jeep Patriot SUV in changing a burnt out dome light bulb in the headliner housing.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement festoon or "fuse" style bulb is part number 578 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko. You can also use a brighter LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry open the hinged lens cover.

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Pry Open Lens Cover
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Hinged Lens Cover
To avoid scratching the plastic surfaces, you may want to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in to the small notch on the left (driver) side of the dome light bulb lens cover.

Gently pry open the hinged lens cover and swing it open to the right (passenger) side.

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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Old Light Bulb Removed
If the old dome light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it. It might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

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



 

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Empty Bulb Socket
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Push In New # 578 Bulb
Push a new number 578 festoon bulb straight in to the socket.

Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work, try pulling it out and flipping it around in the socket.

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Replace Lens Cover
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Test New Dome Light Bulb
Swing the hinged lens cover closed and gently pop it back in to place.

Test the new dome light bulb by opening and closing the passenger door or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other 2007-2016 Jeep Patriot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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