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Jeep Patriot Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse bulb in a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 Jeep Patriot.

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2016 Patriot Tail Lights
Open Tailgate Door
Pry Out Center of Fastener
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 brake, rear turn signal or reverse light bulb in the tail light housings.

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.

The replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake & Rear Turn Signal # 3157 or 3157K and Reverse # 921.

The only tool required to access and replace the bulbs is a flathead screwdriver or a plastic pop rivet removal tool.

Pry Up With Screwdriver
Pry Up 2nd Fastener
Remove Plastic Fastener
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.

Pry up the center part of the two black plastic fasteners along the inner edge of the tail light housing with a flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive pry bar tool.

Center of Fastener
Pry Out Base of Fastener
Two Fasteners Removed
Then pry out the base of the two fasteners.

Set the fasteners aside in a safe place.

Pry Outer Edge
Pull Off Tail Light Housing
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
The tail light housing is still held in place to the rear corner of the vehicle by two metal pegs on the back of the assembly near the outer edge.

Try to pull the housing straight off the vehicle.

If you have trouble removing the tail light housing, pry along the outer edge with a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

Turn over the tail light housing and rest it on the bumper to access the bulb sockets.

The combination brake and rear turn signal bulb socket is located at the top of the housing.

Brake / Turn Signal
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Push In New # 3157 Bulb
Rotate the base of the brake / turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before removing it from the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 3157 or 3157K bulb straight in to the socket.


1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Reverse Light Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Re-insert the brake / turn signal bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The smaller reverse bulb socket is located at the bottom of the tail light housing.

Rotate the grey bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Push In New # 921 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 921 bulb.

If you want brighter reverse lights, choose a 921 LED bulb.

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

Line Up Pegs & Holes
Push On Tail Light Housing
Line Up Pop Rivets
Line up the two metal pegs on the back side of the housing with their corresponding plastic grommets on the rear corner of the SUV.

Push the tail light housing back in to place.

Pop In Center of Fastener
Push In Second Fastener
Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Push in the base of each fastener first before popping in the center part to secure them in place.

Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

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

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