How to Change the Brake Lights in a Jeep Cherokee

by Jody L. Campbell

The thing with the brake lights in your Jeep Cherokee is that you don't realize they're out until someone tells you so. The bulbs are easy and quick to change and quite affordable at the auto parts store. Go ahead and change the brake lights yourself and save some money on labor charges.

Lift up the rear hatch.

Locate the two screws on the rail of the hatch at the side of the rear taillight assembly. Remove the two screws with the screwdriver.

Remove the rear taillight assembly, but keep in mind the main wire harness is connected to it. Some of the later model Cherokees may also have a ball socket inserted under the taillight assembly that may require a little force to pop out.

Locate and remove the brake light. There are usually three lights in the Jeep Cherokee rear taillight assembly and the top one is the brake light. Twist the back of the bulb counterclockwise to remove the bulb from the back of the assembly.

Pull the brake light out of the socket and insert the new bulb. Have a helper step on the brake pedal to ensure the light is working before putting the assembly back together.

Insert the bulb and socket into the taillight assembly and twist clockwise until it locks into place.

Reattach the taillight assembly and replace and tighten the two screws. Close the rear hatch.

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About the Author

Jody L. Campbell spent over 15 years as both a manager and an under-car specialist in the automotive repair industry. Prior to that, he managed two different restaurants for over 15 years. Campbell began his professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of his first book.