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Chrysler Town & Country Cargo Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tail gate of a 2011 to 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

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Cargo Area Light
Pry Out Light Housing
Remove Housing
This automotive tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the revised 5th generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Chrysler Town & Country in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tailgate.

Owners of related Chrysler Group minivan vehicles such as the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Lancia Grand Voyager, Ram C/V Tradesman Cargo Van and the Volkswagen Routan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement cargo area light bulb is part number 578 available from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA, Eiko, and Philips.

If you would like to have a brighter cargo area light, install a compatible 578 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access the old bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool used to pry out the housing and pop off the lens cover.

Red Locking Tab
Slide Out Locking Tab
Release Tab - Plug Removed
The first step is to open the rear cargo tailgate.

Then insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the top edge of the cargo light housing and the plastic panel.

Gently pry out the light bulb housing.

Slide the red tab on the power connector out to unlock it. Press the release button on the power plug and slide it straight of.

Pry Off Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
Squeeze Metal Contacts
Use the small flathead screwdriver to gently pry off the lens cover.

Squeeze together the two metal spring electrical contacts and remove the old bulb.

Old Bulb Removed
Spring Electrical Contacts
578 Bulb (No Metal Caps)
Sylvania lists the replacement light bulb as part # 578. The 578 bulbs sold on Amazon have metal caps on the ends but they should fit as long as the bulb has the metal loops on the ends.

The OEM cargo bulb in this 2012 Town & Country didn't have the metal caps on the ends.

You can also choose to buy some compatible LED bulbs that are brighter.


Slide Contacts In Loops
Line Up Lens Cover
Snap Lens Cover In Place
Install the new light bulb by sliding the metal spring contacts in to the wire loops at the ends of the bulb.

Line up the lens cover and gently snap it in place on the front of the housing.

Push In Power Plug
Slide In Locking Tab
Test Bulb "Unlock" Button
Push on the power plug and slide the red locking tab over to secure it in place.

Test the new bulb by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob. All of the interior lights should turn on.

Re-Insert Light Housing
Snap In To Place
Testing New Cargo Bulb
Re-insert the light housing in to the underside of the tailgate and gently snap it back in to place.

For more, check out my other Chrysler Town & Country Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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