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Dodge Charger Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk of a 7th generation 2011 to 2014 Dodge Charger sedan.

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Right Side Trunk Light
Small Notch On Top Edge
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, and Ram C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "rigid loop" base bulb is part number 562 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, PIAA and AGT. For a brighter bulb, you may also choose to install a compatible 562 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool used to pry out the light housing.

Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Pull Out Light Housing
There are two cargo area light housings with one on each side of the trunk.

Move to the housing with the burnt out bulb and locate the notch on the top edge.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in to the notch and gently pry out the housing from the carpeted trunk panel.

Press Release Tab
Pull Out Power Plug
Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding the plug straight out of its socket.
Remove Old Light Bulb
Old # 562 Rigid Loop Base
Carefully pull the metal loops on the ends of the old bulb off the metal electrical contacts.


Insert New # 562 Bulb
New Bulb Installed
Install a new # 562 bulb in to the housing by hooking the loops on the bulb to the metal electrical contacts.

I'd recommend buying the Sylvania 562 LL long life light bulbs since they tend to work for many years.

Push In Power Plug
Re-Insert Wires & Lower Edge
Push the power plug straight in to the socket.

Re-insert the wires and power plug on the bottom edge of the housing in to the trunk panel first.

Gently Pop In Top Edge
Test New Trunk Light Bulb
Then gently snap in the top edge of the light bulb housing.

Test the new trunk light bulb by pressing the "Unlock" or "Open Trunk" buttons on the key fob.

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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