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Dodge Charger Reverse Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out reverse bulb in the tail light assemblies of a 7th generation 2011 to 2014 Dodge Charger.

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2014 Charger Tail Lights
Open Trunk Lid - Plastic Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the seventh generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & possibly also the revised 2015) Dodge Charger sedan in changing a burnt out reverse bulb in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge and RAM vehicles such as the Town & Country, 300, 200, Avenger, Challenger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan, Ram C/V Tradesman and 1500 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement reverse light bulb is part number 3157 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

If you would like to have brighter reverse lights that will last a lot longer, install some compatible 3157 LED bulbs.

The tools needed to access the reverse light bulb socket include a flathead screwdriver and possibly also a pair of needle nose pliers. A pop rivet removal tool would be best if you happen to have one.

Pry Out Pop Rivet Fastener
Pull Out Plastic Fastener
The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out reverse light bulb.

Gently pry out the single pop rivet fastener on the black plastic cover on the underside of the trunk lid.

I found it easiest to loosen the fastener with the flathead screwdriver and then pull it out with a pair of needle nose pliers.

Pull Off Reverse Bulb Cover
Reverse Bulb Socket
Pull off the plastic cover to access the reverse bulb light socket.
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Pull Out Old Bulb
Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and remove it from the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New # 3157 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push a new # 3157 bulb straight in to the socket.

I'd recommend buying the Sylvania 3157 LL long life light bulbs since they tend to last for many years.

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

Line Up Plastic Cover
Push On Plastic Cover
Line up the plastic cover over the reverse bulb socket and push it in to place.
Push In Pop Rivet Fastener
Test New Reverse Light Bulb
Push in the black plastic pop rivet fastener to secure the cover in place.

Test the new reverse light bulb by having someone step on the brake pedal and place the transmission in reverse.

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other 2011-2014 Dodge Charger DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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