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post #1 of 16 Old 06-12-2019, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Changing a low beam light buld on 2014 grand

Does anyone know of any easy way to change a low beam bulb on the passenger side of a 2014 jeep grand cherokee?

I did some searching on the web and all I could find was to try to replace it from the wheel well. The problem is I can't pull out the bulb out because my hand can't get a hold of the bulb to turn to twist it out of plastic cover around the bulb. Does anyone have any suggestions? I did end up taking it to the dealer and they charged me $120 bucks .... So I'm not doing that again

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-12-2019, 05:35 PM
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Doesn't look like a pleasant job, but pulling off the bumper facia to get access to the bulb is easier than it looks:

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309...mited-4297225/

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309...ights-4222850/

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Isn't there a hole in the wheel well?

Should be able to reach through there. I'll check it out this morning.

Jeez, $120 to change a light bulb???

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The drivers side is easier, usually can get via the wheel well opening, the passenger side not so much. For bulbs on a 2011-2013, most go in through the engine bay, and move components around (air box, coolant tank), some just remove the bumper. Wasn't sure if 2014s are different. There isn't much room and if things are stuck its hard to get leverage.

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Looking at my 2011 it seems easier to remove the coolant tank and air box on the inside of the engine bay.
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From reading here, 2011-2013s seem to be easier.

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-14-2019, 01:19 PM
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Did these recently on my 14’ Both I would recomend doing from above and not through the wheel well.

Pass side disconnect the ecu and move it from its mounts by pulling up.

Drivers side remove the air box by disconnecting the intake with the clamp the. Pull up hard on the air box to get it off the mounts.

Pro tip. Attach the clip to the bulb before trying to insert it in the housing.

I tried to put the bulb in and dropped it into the headlight assembly, it’s stiol in there I just bought a new bulb cause I didn’t want to remove the whole front bumper and grill to get it.

Pita job for what it should be took me over and hour each side the first time, I could probably do both in 30 the next time.


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I've been involved in several discussions on a different forum on this topic, As mentioned earlier, you can either remove the PCM to gain better access or the coolant tank...passenger side. Air filter box removal gets you access to the driver's side. I've done this several times now on my 2018...trouble-shooting LED upgrades to low beam, high beam, and turn signals/parking lights. I haven't done it this way...fearful of braking clips or damage...but some people remove the bumper to access the headlights. My other advice, as mentioned above, is to wear gloves. I cut the finger tips off of some because even, with the remove of above, you still can't see what you're doing really good and will rely on feel If you don't use gloves, the cuts and scrapes on your hands will be a reminder and lesson learned! I have never owned a vehicle that made something as simple and routine as changing headlight bulbs (well low beams to be fair...and maybe side markers in the future...high beams and turn signals aren't so bad) so tedious and painful.
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My sister recently had to have her 2018 WK low beam replaced at a dealer and she had to pay $ 120.00. Ouch!

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Thanks for the tips ... I totally agree with going from the top. I noticed if your right handed, you can change the passenger bulb this way.
Face your body towards the windshield so your standing next to the jeep. Your on the left and the jeep is on the right.
You can then easily reach your right hand in there (put your hand in near the computer and engine coolant area).
Twist your arm a little bit and you will have access to the light bulb area ...
From there, your going to do everything backwards, but it seems like the most logical approach.

Going with that approach...
I was able to remove the protector cap and even reach in and turn the light bulb so it can come out. I stopped at that part.
I think if I was to continue, I would then still go through the wheel well to swap out the light as that cord should be long enough to pull it out and do the bulb switch from underneath the wheel well.

I hope this helps someone else out / save them from spending money at the dealer!
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Thanks for the tips ... I totally agree with going from the top. I noticed if your right handed, you can change the passenger bulb this way.
Face your body towards the windshield so your standing next to the jeep. Your on the left and the jeep is on the right.
You can then easily reach your right hand in there (put your hand in near the computer and engine coolant area).
Twist your arm a little bit and you will have access to the light bulb area ...
From there, your going to do everything backwards, but it seems like the most logical approach.

Going with that approach...
I was able to remove the protector cap and even reach in and turn the light bulb so it can come out. I stopped at that part.
I think if I was to continue, I would then still go through the wheel well to swap out the light as that cord should be long enough to pull it out and do the bulb switch from underneath the wheel well.

I hope this helps someone else out / save them from spending money at the dealer!

Be careful when unclipping the bulb...the H11 socket/harness is somewhat cheap/brittle plastic. It is easy to break the clip....I did on one of my bulbs...it just meant I had to use some electrical tape to make sure it didn't come loose from the bulb. I later decided to order some extenders off of Amazon. They make it much easier to access the bulb and still tuck in easily behind the dust cover.
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Some tips here:

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309.../#post40155185

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post #13 of 16 Old 06-28-2020, 02:28 AM
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What if there was tool for this job?

I had to change the passenger H11 lowbeam on my '17 WK2 this week. WOW, what a P.I.A. that was. Either from the wheelwell, or from the top, I could only get two fingers into the chamber, and not get enough leverage to spin it the 30deg counter clockwise.


I thought wouldnt it be easier if there were some sort of socket to fit over the back of the bulb, and protrude-backward where you could grab it? And would get the bulb loose and out in about 15 seconds. Just curious.... how much would such a thing be worth to us?
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wouldn't it be easier if there were some sort of socket to fit over the back of the bulb, and protrude-backward where you could grab it?
Well after two full days of R&D, and two prototypes. I made a socket that reaches-in, and seats onto the back of the bulb. Was able to twist it 30 deg to the left without much effort, unlocking it. Then the bulb came out easily.
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Interesting....care to share pics of your prototype....better yet, an "action" video?

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