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Jeep Wrangler Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the headlight, turn signal and front side marker light bulbs in a 2007 to 2011 Jeep Wrangler JK.

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Air Box & Power Steering
Release Top Of Air Box
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 4th generation "JK" 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Jeep Wrangler in replacing a burnt out headlight, front turn signal or front side marker bulb.

Owners of previous generation Wrangler vehicles such as the YJ (1987-1995), TJ (1997-2006) or other Jeep vehicles such as the Compass, Patriot, Liberty and Grand Cherokee may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement light bulbs from Sylvania and other manufacturers are as follows with their respective part numbers: High & Low Beam Headlight Bulb # H13 (or 9008), Front Turn Signal Bulb # 3157, and Front Side Marker Bulb # 168.

The only tools needed to access the headlight bulbs is a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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4th Air Box Clip Released
Remove Engine Air Filter
To access the Driver Side Headlight Bulb, you'll need to remove the horn by loosening the single 10mm bolt.

To access the Passenger Side Headlight Bulb, you'll need to remove both the engine air box and the power steering fluid reservoir. The pictures on this page show the process for replacing a burnt out passenger side low/high beam headlight bulb.

First flip open the four metal spring clips that hold the top half of the air box to the bottom half.

Lift the top half of the air box out of the way and remove the engine air filter.

Set the filter aside in a safe place.

Pull Out Lower Air Box
3 Friction Fasteners
Power Steering Reservoir
Forcefully lift the lower half of the air box to release the three friction fastener pegs and set the air box aside.

Then use a 10mm wrench or 10mm socket with ratcheting wrench to loosen and remove the single bolt that holds the power steering fluid reservoir in place.

Carefully lift up the power steering fluid reservoir and set it down towards the middle of the vehicle.

Remove 10mm Bolt
Remove Power Steering
Passenger Headlight Bulb
Locate the low/high beam headlight bulb's base and bright green power connector at the rear of the assembly.

Twist the base of the bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the headlight assembly.

1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Old # H13 (9008) Bult
Slide Connector Release
Release the green power connector from the low/high beam headlight bulb by sliding the red switch away from the bulb.

Pull the power connector straight off the base of the bulb.

High & Low Beam Bulb
Headlight Assembly
Insert New H13 Bulb
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new H13 (also 9008) dual filament low/high beam headlight bulb with your fingers or anything in the engine bay.

If you do get any grease or oil on the glass part of the new halogen bulb, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new bulb into the rear of the headlight assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it into place.

1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push On Power Connector
Slide Red Switch Forward
Push the green power connector on to the base of the new headlight bulb and slide the red release switch forwards to lock it into place.


Test New Headlight Bulb
Driver Side - Remove Horn
Replace PS & Air Box
Test the new bulb by turning on the headlights and flashing the high beams.

To replace the driver side headlight bulb, you'll need to remove the horn as shown in Picture # 23 above with a 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Power Steering Reservoir
Tighten 10mm Bolt
Push In Lower Air Box
Replace the power steering fluid reservoir behind the passenger side headlight assembly and tighten the single bolt to just past hand tight with the 10 mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Push the lower half of the air box into place with the three friction fastener pegs fully seated in their respective holes.

Replace Air Filter
Replace Air Box Fasteners
Front Turn Signal Light
Insert the engine air filter back into the air box, replace the top half of the box, and snap the four spring clip fasteners back into place.

Double check that the top and bottom halves of the air box are flush together all the way around.

The Front Turn Signal light bulb is located just below the headlight bulbs and can be accessed easily from below the front bumper.

Look Under Bumper
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Bulb Socket Out
Once you locate the turn signal light bulb's black plastic socket, rotate the base 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.
Remove Turn Signal
# 3157 Light Bulb
Replace Bulb & Socket
Pull the old turn signal bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 3157 light bulb.
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Bulb Socket Secure
Test New Turn Signal Bulb
Insert the bulb back into the turn signal light housing and rotate the base 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Test the new turn signal light bulbs by turning on the headlights and activating the hazard signals.

Front Sidemarker Light
Look Under Front Fender
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The Front Sidemarker light bulb is easily accessed by looking under the front fender into the wheel well area.

Rotate the light tan plastic base of the front side marker light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the fender.

Pull Out Sidemarker Socket
Front Side Marker Light
Pull Out # 168 Bulb
Pull the old side marker bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 light bulb.
Insert New Sidemarker Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Test Sidemarker Light Bulb
Insert the new side marker bulb back into the fender and rotate the base 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Test the new side marker bulb by turning on the headlights.

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

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