How to Change a Headlight in Dodge Cars

by Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017

The Dodge car must have properly working headlights at all time while being driven on the road. The headlight on the Dodge car is accessible on the inside of the engine compartment behind the front of the headlight. The headlight is secured to the headlight fixture by a plastic connector that also connects the headlight's wiring harness. You will not need tools or preparation to complete this job. Replacing the headlights on the Dodge car will take you five minutes or less for each headlight.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change a Headlight in a 2003 Dodge Ram

Open the hood of your Dodge Ram and locate the electrical power connector plugged into the back of the headlight housing.

Unbolt the two bolts on the inside edge of the headlight housing assembly using a socket wrench.

Unbolt the remaining mounting bolt on the housing that is located on the bottom of the housing assembly toward the fender.

Slide the housing assembly forward.

Unplug the power connector running to the back of the headlight assembly.

Turn the headlight counterclockwise one-quarter turn and pull the headlight out of the housing assembly.

Insert the replacement headlight by aligning the tabs on the headlight with the notches in the housing assembly. Then turn the headlight clockwise to lock it into the housing.

Reconnect the power connector to the back of the housing assembly and slide the housing back into the chassis. Then, secure the housing with the mounting bolts using a socket wrench.

Items you will need

  • Replacement headlight

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

 How to Change a Headlight on a 2001 Durango

Open the hood of the 2001 Dodge Durango and locate the plastic connector on the rear of the headlight fixture. Squeeze the sides of the connector using your hand and pull the connector off of the headlight fixture.

Pull the headlight bulb out of the headlight connector using your hands. Insert the new headlight bulb into the headlight fixture.

Insert the headlight connector into the headlight fixture and push the connector until the connector locks into place on the fixture. Repeat these steps for the opposite headlight.

Items you will need

  • New headlight light bulbs

 How to Replace the Headlight on a 2005 Dodge RAM

Open the hood.

Remove the expanding headlight fastener retaining screw (located on the upper/inner corner of the assembly) with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the fastener from the headlight assembly welt.

Use a ratchet and socket to remove the two retaining bolts on the inner side of the headlight assembly that is located near the grill.

Remove the last retaining screw located on the outer-lower edge of the headlight assembly between the assembly and the fender. Note that on the driver's side assembly this retaining screw also retains the ambient temperature sensor.

Wiggle the headlight assembly out from the fender, being careful not to scratch the lens or the fender. There will still be some resistance because the assembly is retained by headlight assembly guide pins. These pins need to be popped out of their ball sockets to allow the assembly to detach.

Release the electrical connector going to the headlight. Lift up on the harness locks and then pull it from the headlight socket.

Twist the directional wire harness 1/4 turn to remove it from the assembly.

Place the assembly on a safe surface where it will not get scratched or damaged. Turn the retaining collar on the headlight 1/4 turn.

Remove the headlight. Wear latex gloves before handling the new headlight or your skin will damage the glass. Install the 9007 replacement bulb into the collar and then reverse the removal procedure to reassemble.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Ratchet and socket set

  • Latex gloves

  • 9007 replacement headlight

 How to Replace a Headlight on a 2007 Dodge Durango

Open the hood, and remove the two bolts holding the headlight assembly in place. The bolts are located on the upper fender reinforcement bar.

Open the fender panel access door, located in the wheel well. If you have a hard time reaching, try turning the wheels on your Durango to give yourself more room. Remove the single nut inside the panel.

Grab the headlight, and pull it out of the front fender.

Remove the connectors on the headlight. Pull the red release tab, followed by the black and green release tabs.

Twist the socket to unlock it from the lamp assembly. Pull the socket out of the assembly. Pull the bulb out of the socket.

Push a new bulb into the socket, and slide the socket into the lamp assembly. Twist the socket to lock it in place. Replace the connectors, and press the tabs down to lock them in place.

Slide the headlight back into the fender. Replace the nut inside the wheel well access panel, and close the panel. Replace the bolts on the fender re-enforcement bar.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench and sockets

  • Replacement bulb

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