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Jeep Renegade License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate of a 1st generation 2015-2018 Jeep Renegade.

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2016 Jeep Renegade License Plate
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License Plate Light Housing
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Gently Pry Out Housing

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and possibly also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Jeep Renegade SUV in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate or upgrade them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or Fiat vehicles such as the 200, 300, Pacifica, Town & Country, Avenger, Charger, Challenger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Magnum, Grand Caravan, Fiat 500 500X or 500L, Fiat 124 Spider, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, ProMaster, 1500 and C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb is part number 2825 (also known as the # W5W).

You can also choose to install some brighter 2825 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

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Retaining Clip - Left Side
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Light Housings Removed
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
To prevent from scratching the painted or plastic surfaces, I recommend either covering the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or use a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of the tool in between the left side of the light housing (on either the driver or passenger side) and the tailgate door.

Gently pry out the left side of the light housing to release the retaining clip.

Carefully pull the light housing out of the tailgate.

Rotate the black plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before removing it from the housing.

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

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.



 

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Push In New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Re-Insert Right Side First
Push a new number 2825 miniature wedge base light bulb straight in to the socket.

You can also choose to install some brighter 2825 LED bulbs.

(The 2825 bulbs are also known as part number "W5W".)

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

Then re-insert the wires and the right (passenger) side of the housing back in to the opening on the underside of the tailgate.

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Gently Snap In Retaining Clip
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Testing New Light Bulbs
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New Light Bulbs Installed
Gently pop the retaining clip on the left (driver) side of the housing back into place.

To test the new license plate light bulbs, turn on the headlights or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the exterior lights.

For more, please check out all of my Jeep Renegade DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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