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Jeep Grand Cherokee Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tail gate of a WK2 4th generation 2011-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Cargo Area Light In Tail Gate
Insert Screwdriver - Pry Off
Tail Gate Under Side Panel
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 4th generation "WK2" (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) Jeep Grand Cherokee in changing a burnt out cargo area of "trunk" light bulb located in the underside of the rear tail gate door.

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

A replacement bulb for this 2012 Grand Cherokee is a miniature wedge base bulb such as the number 168, 194, W5W, 2825.

The newer facelifted models may use a # 214-2 or 212-2 "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb depending on the year.

The only tools needed to replace the bulb is a standard sized flathead screwdriver or and automotive panel removal tool and a small flathead screwdriver.

Rear of Cargo Bulb Housing
Pry Off Front Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
The first step is to gently insert the blade of your flathead screwdriver in between the plastic panel on the underside of the tail gate and the painted metal body work.

Gently pry off the liner panel with the screwdriver to pop out the plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

Use the small flathead screwdriver to gently pry off the translucent plastic lens cover on the front of the cargo light housing.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

If you have small hands, you may be able to remove the old bulb from the front side of the panel.

Squeeze & Remove Housing
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Empty Light Bulb Socket
Grasp the housing from the back side of the tail gate liner panel and pinch together the side walls before pulling it straight out.

Reach in with your thumb and forefinger to pull out the old cargo area light bulb.

If your cargo area bulb looks like a "fuse" or "festoon" style bulb, the replacement part number is 214-2  or 212-2.


Push In New # 168 Bulb
Re-Insert Light Housing
Push On Lens Cover
Push a new miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 168, 175, 194, W5W, 2825 or a brighter LED unit straight in to the socket.

Re-insert the white plastic bulb housing in to the rear of the housing.

The housing only goes in to the opening one way, so be sure to line up the tab on the housing with the corresponding slot in the panel.

Line up the lens cover and gently snap it back in to place over the housing.

Line Up Friction Fasteners
Push On Plastic Panel
Test New Cargo Light Bulb
Line up the plastic friction pop rivet fasteners on the back of the tail gate liner with the corresponding holes in the metal tail gate. Firmly push on the liner to fully insert the friction fasteners.

Test the new cargo area light bulb by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

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

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