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Jeep Wrangler Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the brake / turn signal and reverse bulbs in the tail light assembly of a 2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler.

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Jeep Wrangler Tail Light
Remove Phillips Head Screw
Remove Four Screws
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 4th generation "JK" 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Jeep Wrangler in replacing a burnt out combination brake / turn signal bulb or reverse bulb in the tail light assemblies.

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 tail light bulbs for the 07-11 Jeep Wrangler include the following with their respective part numbers: Brake / Stop Lamp # 3157 and Reverse / Back Up Lamp # 3157.

If you would like to have brighter tail lights, install some compatible 3157 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to replace either of the tail light bulbs is a standard sized Phillips head screwdriver.

Pull Off Tail Light Assembly
Rest Tail Light On Bumper
Four Phillips Head Screws
To remove the tail light assembly from the rear of your Wrangler, loosen and remove the four Phillips head screws that hold it in place.

Rest the assembly on the rear bumper of the vehicle.

Twist Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Brake Light Socket
The combination brake light and turn signal bulb is located at the upper half of the tail light assembly.

To access the bulb, rotate the black/grey socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the assembly.

Pull the old # 3157 brake/signal bulb straight of the socket.

Pull Out # 3157 Bulb
Push In New # 3157 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push in a new # 3157 bulb into the brake light socket and insert the socket back into the tail light assembly.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.


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Reverse Light Bulb
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The reverse or "back up" light bulb is located at the lower half of the tail light assembly.

To access the bulb, rotate the black/grey light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the tail light assembly.

Pull Out Bulb & Socket
Pull Out Old # 3157 Bulb
Push In New # 3157 Bulb
Pull the old # 3157 reverse bulb straight out of the socket and push a new bulb straight into the socket.
1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Replace Tail Light Housing
Insert the new reverse bulb and socket back into the tail light housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
Replace Four Screws
Test New Brake Light Bulb
Test New Reverse Bulb
Line up the tail light assembly on the rear of the vehicle and carefully insert the four Phillips head screws.

Use the Phillips head screwdriver to tighten the screws.

Test the new brake light and/or reverse light bulb by turning on the headlights and having someone put the transmission into reverse.

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

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