I need to replace the rear tail light. Removing the two screws on the inside of the vehicle is easy and the assembly comes loose there, but the assembly still remains attached where it connects to the outside of the vehicle. Is there another screw that needs to be removed? It there a wiring attachment that needs to be unplugged. I don't want to pull too hard on the assembly for fear of breaking something. Frustratingly, the Jeep owners manual has nothing on what should be a simple fix.
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The entire tail/backup lens assembly has to be removed from the trunk lid as shown in the drawing attached. There will most likely be some nut's or clip's on the assemblies mounting pins on the inside of the trunk lid.
Disconnect the tail/back up lamp harness connector from the body wiring harness.
Remove the tail/back up lamp assembly from the rear compartment lid.
While supporting the tail/back up lamp assembly, unplug the tail/back up lamp harness grommet from the rear compartment lid and remove the tail/back up lamp from the vehicle.
Remove the license plate lamp bulb from the lamp housing.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
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Remove the tail light assembly screws, then the assembly.
Disconnect the twist lock socket from the lens housing.
NOTE: To remove the bulb, turn the twist lock socket (at the rear of the housing) counterclockwise 1?4 turn, then remove the socket with the bulb; replace the bulb if defective.
Fig. 7: Remove the tail light assembly screws, then the assembly - wagon shown
Fig. 8: Twist the socket counterclockwise to remove from the housing
Fig. 9: This type of bulb simply can be pulled out of the socket for replacement
Attach the socket assemblies to the back of the lamp unit.
Install the lamp assembly to the vehicle with the mounting screws.
Remove the mounting nuts, then unplug the electrical harness to the lamp assembly.
The lamp now should come out.
Position the lamp assembly to the vehicle, then attach the electrical harness to the lamp.
Install the mounting nut, tighten to 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
Attach the lamp cover.
Fig. 10: Exploded view of the center high mount stop lamp assembly - wagon shown
Fig. 11: Light bulb application chart for all models with non-European headlamps
Fig. 12: Light bulb application chart for Buicks with European headlamps
Fig. 13: Light bulb application chart for Oldsmobiles with European headlamps
Not sure if you mean the whole tail light assembly or only the bulb. For either one on that vehicle it should be the same process, more than likely you will have to remove a few screws inside the rear hatch which should allow the tail light assembly to be pulled out. The bulb connector will have a clip or will need turned a certain way to pull the bulb/connecter out of the assembly. Replace the burnt bulb and reassemble. Since I haven't seen the vehicle, there is a chance that is like some cars and the access to change a bulb is accessed from inside the vehicle inside the rear compartments.
Most of the time you can simply remove the tail light assembly from the car pretty easy and just a few screws. If it sdoes not have the screws going through the front of the housing then its rear mount and must be done by lifting the tailgate to get access. Once in the vehicle you should beable to remove the plastic housing covering up the assembly from the inside. Remove the 3-4 screws or bolts and the tail light assembly. Install the new one just the reverse. Pretty easy just take your time.
Yes, there is a "spear point" plastic clip that is still engaged into a socket type holder in the front outboard portion of the tail lamp assembly. Pry gently with a tape wrapped screwdriver at the front outboard corner of the assembly and the clip will release. You will then be able to see how the clip works and will be able to align and engage it first when replacing the tail lamp assembly.