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How To Change Headlights in a Jeep Wrangler

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Whether you consider yourself to be handy with a wrench or take your vehicle to a professional for repairs, changing headlights in a vehicle is typically a simple job. It doesn’t require a VIN lookup, as some repairs might, and most people can complete this task on their own. Jeep Wrangler owners may shy away from removing the grille, which must be done first to access the headlights, but don’t let that deter you as this task is also fairly simple. Follow these easy, step-by-step instructions for changing the headlights in your Jeep Wrangler and pocket the money you would have paid a mechanic to do the job.

Removing the Grille

You will need to raise the hood to access the locking clips that hold the grille in place. After securing the hood, find a flat-head screwdriver. Use it for popping the locks in the center, then remove the clips along the top. You might also have screws holding the grille in place; if so, remove the screws first. Slowly pull the grille assembly forward and down, which causes the bottom clips to pop out. When you have removed them all, pull the grill out toward you in a gentle motion. If you have screws instead of clips, remove the grille by pulling up, then outward (after removing the screws).

Replacing Headlights

You should have free access to the headlight housing once the grille has been removed. Follow these quick and easy steps to replace the bulbs:

  • Remove the screws from the metal bracket around the headlights
  • Remove the bracket and pull the lights outward
  • Unplug the headlights
  • Remove and replace the bulbs with new ones

As you can tell, it’s a pretty simple process. To finish up, reverse these steps to replace the assembly and grill and you’re ready to go. You can follow these general directions to learn how to replace a headlight in a different vehicle.

Using LED Bulbs

If you want the benefits of brighter, clearer lighting, you can replace the bulbs with LED headlights. First, you will need to get an adapter kit for headlight bulbs that are either single beam or dual beam. Along with two LED bulbs, a kit should have two ballasts and wiring. Once you have removed the original bulbs, replace them without touching the LED itself. Then connect the ballast wiring, attaching one end to the new LED bulb and the other end to the Jeep’s original wiring harness. Next, fasten the ballasts securely where they are not close to moisture, vibration or heat. Replace the headlight assembly and grille to finish up.

Safety First

Even though replacing headlights is a simple task, you should always make safety a priority. Be gentle when handling light bulbs, especially when removing and replacing them in their sockets, where you may be tempted to apply too much pressure. Before beginning, ensure the engine is off and keys are removed from the ignition. Also, engage the parking brake before doing any work. If you don’t have an owner’s manual and don’t know what type of bulb to use, try a VIN lookup or visit an auto store for help.

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