Trouble With Jeep Tail Lights

by Daniel Valladares

The tail lights on your Jeep vehicle are an important component of your overall safety. If only one light on your tail light assembly is not working, it is most likely an issue with the bulb. If none of the lights on the assembly work properly, the problem stems from either an electrical connector or a fuse. Thankfully, all three problems possess simple solutions that require only a few minutes to perform.

Connection

Turn off the engine and raise the lift gate.

Remove the two star fasteners using a star screwdriver. Pull the tail light assembly out of the vehicle.

Lightly tug on the electrical connection at the rear of the tail light assembly. If it is loose or comes out, securely plug it back into the rear of the assembly.

Place the assembly back into the vehicle and reinstall the two star fasteners. Close the lift gate.

Bulb

Turn off the engine and raise the lift gate.

Remove the two star fasteners using a star screwdriver. Pull the tail light assembly out of the vehicle.

Squeeze the electrical connector tabs to remove it from the assembly. Pull the malfunctioning bulb out of the socket and use a clean cloth to install a new 3157K bulb.

Reconnect the electrical connector and place the assembly back into the vehicle.

Install the two star fasteners and close the hood.

Fuse

Turn off the engine and open the hood. Locate the under-hood fuse box.

Remove the cover from the fuse box and locate fuse number 26. This is the tail light fuse. If the metal stick inside the fuse is no longer in one piece, the fuse will need to be replaced.

Pull the fuse out of the fuse box and replace it with a new 15A fuse. Place the cover back onto the fuse box and close the hood.

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About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.