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Jeep Compass License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 1st generation 2011-2017 Jeep Compass.

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2014 Compass License Plate
Left License Plate Light
Press In Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the refreshed, "revised" or post "facelift" first generation 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and early 2017 model year Jeep Compass in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear cargo tailgate door or upgrading both bulbs to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM SUV or minivan vehicles such as the Town & Country, Patriot, Grand Cherokee, Durango, Cherokee, Journey, Grand Caravan, and C/V Tradesman may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part number 2825 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You may also use a brighter 2825 LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a flathead screwdriver used to pry out the lens cover.

Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
Old Light Bulb Exposed
Use the blade of the flathead screwdriver to gently push in the plastic release tab on the outer edge of the license plate light bulb lens cover.

Gently pull down the lens cover to disengage the retaining clip and remove the two plastic tabs on the inner edge of the cover.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

Pull Out Old # 2825 Bulb
Old # 2825 (168 or W5W)
Empty Bulb Socket
If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful when you remove it since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.


Push In New 2825 Bulb
Re-Insert Two Plastic Tabs
Plastic Retaining Clip
Push a new # 2825 light bulb straight in to the socket. 

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

First re-insert the two plastic tabs on the inner edge of the lens cover in to the slots on the bulb housing.

Then gently snap in the retaining clip on the outer edge of the lens cover.

Lens Cover Replaced
Test New Bulb
Testing License Plate Lights
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other Jeep Compass DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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