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Old 03-31-2013, 04:49 PM
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Default How do I remove the outer rear tail lamp

One of the bulbs blew. I need to remove the outer most rear tail light, the one on the quarter panel. With the liftgate open I see two push pins there that I removed, but something is still holding it in.

I found this post http://dodgeforum.com/forum/3rd-gen-...go-2012-a.html .

It would be nice if there was more detail for outer step #2. Locate where?

Do I need to completely or only partial remove the inside panel? If so, where do I start prying first? Are there any screws that need to be removed on the inside first or do I just start pulling or prying?
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:40 PM
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I thought it was just the 2 push pins and then tilt it to the outside. I thought it had a tab on it that locked into quarter panel
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Just 2 push pins and then pull towards the rear they simply snug in place!
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:09 AM
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HAHA everyones bulbs must be going out at the same time... i just did this also.

like stated just pull!! there are to pressure clips in the forward most (towards the front of the car) that are a b*tch to get to release.
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Funny I noticed a lot of Jeep Cherokees riding around with 1 headlight as well, always the passenger side!
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Just replaced a turn signal bulb last week.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:30 AM
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Wait until you have the pleasure of the ones on the lift gate! I just had my passenger side go out, so while I had it apart, I replaced both sides with LED's. Hopefully they last a long time.
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Please tell us which bulbs you used...
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Wait until you have the pleasure of the ones on the lift gate! I just had my passenger side go out, so while I had it apart, I replaced both sides with LED's. Hopefully they last a long time.

hahaha i just did these also!! first it was the turn/ brake light, then i had these out also. problem with these is the vehicle doesnt tell you like it does with the others
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Please tell us which bulbs you used...
Honestly, they were the direct replacement bulbs Autozone had when I was there getting a code read. I got the 4 LED Red set and they look a darker red than the OEM, but also brighter. I am replaceng the outer tails next. They also had a 10 or 12 LED red for those. Best part was I think they were $12 for the 4 of them. I'll see if I can find the package and post the brand.
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So I removed the two visible fasteners and just pulled hard and finally it popped out.

I ended up just replacing with a sylvania 3057 LongLife bulb, $5.99 a pair. Now just need to hope they do really last longer. AutoZone also had some LEDs, but they wanted $17 for a pair. I looked on amazon for LEDs but didn't like the reviews.
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So I removed the two visible fasteners and just pulled hard and finally it popped out.

I ended up just replacing with a sylvania 3057 LongLife bulb, $5.99 a pair. Now just need to hope they do really last longer. AutoZone also had some LEDs, but they wanted $17 for a pair. I looked on amazon for LEDs but didn't like the reviews.

Are you talking about the ones on the outside tail light (brake/ turn) or the ones in the tailgate?

If the ones in the tailgate, you need to remove the interior panle to remove 3 "hidden" screws
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:02 AM
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yeah the outer housings need a hard pull and there is nothing to get a grip!
Changed mine, pulled the 2 pins easy enough and tried rubber gloves to get a grip and pull --- is scary how those plugs hold the unit in so hard -- was sure I would crack/break something. Ended up using a 90deg pry-bar in where the 2 plugs came from and that got it out.
Be careful pushing the thing to the side etc, book says pull straight backwards -- there are plugs that grip into vehicle at front and back end of the unit

the bulbs in the tailgate----anyone got step-by-steps for changing them?
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I had the lift gate bulb go out as well, but wasn't sure how to replace it. Somewhere else on this site I read how to do it. I got as far as popping out the plastic hand holds with a flat head screwdriver(carefully as it will dig into the plastic). It seems easiest to pry it out from the top side of the hand hold. I was hesitant to remove the trim panel inside. I didn't want to break it! Instead, I had the dealer do it for me while they investigated why my lift gate lock/unlock button was not working. When I got home I looked at the trim, which was loose. I decided to pop off the trim panel and see how to change the bulb for the future. Turns out, once you take off the trim, you just have to twist the back side of the bulb and it comes right out. The dealer broke off quite a few of the plastic trim clips, thus the loose trim. I'm not sure if they knew they broke them and left it like that since they would be going back inside next week, or just did a half assed job. I'm going with the latter! Nevertheless, if you carefully pop off the trim, it's a simple bulb change. There is one metal clip on each side where the trim meets the thin upper trim piece. That may be the easiest place to get started pulling off the trim. Work it off carefully and it will hang on by electrical wires on each side while you replace the bulb. Then, the trim just needs to be lined up and firmly "punched" back in place. I think it would be wise to pick up some extra trim clips if you are out buying a bulb anyway. I snapped a pic to show the dealer the broken clips. It's not the best pic, but it gives you some idea of the fasteners used. I'll try to figure out how to insert the image and post it. Hope this helps!
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Wait until you have the pleasure of the ones on the lift gate! I just had my passenger side go out, so while I had it apart, I replaced both sides with LED's. Hopefully they last a long time.
Hey...noticed you mention replacing the liftgate bulbs with LED's...can you share the make and bulb number you used? I asked the Dealer when I had them replace one of mine if there were an LED option (since I'm a baby and didn't want to pull the panel off and will have to have the Dealer replace my bulbs...I know, I know...I'm a wimp)...but they were less than helpful.

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Definetely post pics
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