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Jeep Patriot Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 Jeep Patriot SUV with pictures.

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2016 Patriot Cargo Light
Notch On Driver 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 cargo area light bulb in the headliner housing near the tailgate door.

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 578 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.

Pry Open Lens Cover
Swing Open Hinged Cover
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the driver side of the lens cover.

Gently pry open the hinged lens cover.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
If the old light was recently illuminated, be careful when you remove it since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New # 578 Bulb
New Bulb Installed
Push a new number 578 festoon bulb straight in to the socket.
Snap Lens Cover Closed
Test New Cargo Area Bulb
Swing the lens cover closed and gently pop the retaining clip back in to place.

Test the new cargo area light bulb by opening the tailgate door or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the interior lights.

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

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

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