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Jeep Renegade Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse light bulb in a 1st generation 2015 to 2018 Jeep Renegade.

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2016 Jeep Renegade Tail Light
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Cargo Area - Access Cover
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Push In Release Tab

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

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.

The compatible replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7506 or P21W, Rear Turn Signal # 7506 or P21W and Reverse (Back Up) Light # 921 or W16W.

The only tool needed to access and replace the tail light bulbs is a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Access Panel Removed
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Spring Loaded Thumb Screw
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Loosen Counterclockwise
The first two steps are to open the tailgate door and then move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Push in the release tab on the black plastic access cover at the rear corner of the cargo area before pulling it open.

Set the tail light housing access panel aside in a safe place.

Locate the grey plastic and silver metal spring loaded thumb screw that secures the tail light housing to the rear of the SUV.

Loosen the thumb screw by turning it with your finger tips in the counterclockwise direction.

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Remove Thumb Screw
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Pull Off Tail Light Assembly
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Electrical Connector
Set the thumb screw aside in a safe place.

Gently pull the tail light assembly straight off the rear corner of the vehicle.

The housing is still held in place by plastic pegs or "spikes" inserted in to openings on the rear of the SUV that act as friction fasteners.

If you have trouble removing the tail light housing, use a plastic pry bar tool to gently loosen the outer edge of the housing from the SUV.

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Tail Light Housing Removed
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Push in the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector on the back side of the tail light housing before sliding the plug straight out of its socket.

Set the tail light housing down on a work bench or table with the lens facing down.

I'd recommend using a micro fiber towel in between the tail light housing and your work surface to protect the lens cover from being scratched.

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The three bulbs are contained within a grey plastic bracket that is attached to the back side of the tail light housing with four screws.
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Four Screws Removed
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Pull Off Bulb Bracket
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Brake, Turn & Reverse
Remove the four screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the four screws aside in a safe place.

Gently pull the bulb bracket off the back side of the tail light housing.



 

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Light Bulb Removed
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Push Down & 1/4 Turn CW
To replace either the brake or rear turn signal light bulbs, push the old bulb down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the socket.

(The OEM brake and rear turn signal bulbs were marked as part number GE 1057F.)

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Pull Out Reverse Light Bulb
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Push In New Reverse Bulb
Push a new bayonet style base number 7506 or P21W light bulb straight down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Pull the old reverse light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new miniature wedge base number 921 or W16W light bulb straight in to the socket.

If you would like to have brighter reverse light bulbs, install some compatible 921 LED bulbs.

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Replace Bulb Bracket
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Push Down In Place
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Tighten Clockwise
Line up the bulb bracket with the openings in the rear of the tail light housing.

Lower the bulb bracket down into place.

Replace the four screws by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Four Screws Replaced
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Tail Light Power Plug
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Push On Connector
Hold the tail light housing near the rear corner of the SUV.

Push the black plastic electrical connector straight in to its socket on the back side of the tail light housing until it clicks securely into place.

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Line Up Plastic Pegs
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Push On Tail Light Housing
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Tighten Thumb Screw
Line up the black plastic pegs on the back of the tail light housing with their corresponding holes in the rear corner of the SUV.

Push the tail light housing back into place.

Move to the inside of the cargo area and replace the single spring loaded thumb screw by turning it clockwise until is snug.

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Re-Insert Access Cover
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Snap In Retaining Clip
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Re-insert the plastic tabs on the front edge of the access cover in to the opening in the cargo area panel.

Then gently pop in the retaining clip on the rear edge of the access cover to secure it in place.

To test the new tail light bulbs, have an assistant step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

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

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