How to Replace the Brake Light Bulb on a Dodge Grand Caravan

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How to Replace the Brake Light Bulb on a Dodge Grand Caravan
The Grand Caravan's tail light assembly looks similar to this. (Tail light of a VW van image by Dimitar Atanasov from

Replacing brake light bulbs in your Dodge Grand Caravan is basically the same, no matter the model year, although there are a few minor differences. Standard halogen bulbs are used in all models, regardless of trim level or package. Driving your Grand Caravan with burnt-out brake light bulbs can pose a safety risk; without brake lights, drivers behind you will not be able to determine if you are slowing down. If you determine your brake light bulb is out, replace it immediately.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Replacement bulb 3057 (2004 to 2007)
  • Flathead screwdriver (2004 to 2007)
  • Replacement bulb 3157 (2008 to 2010)
  • Phillips-head screwdriver (2008 to 2010)

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  1. 1

    Turn the engine off, set the parking brake, and open the rear liftgate.

  2. 2

    Remove the two Phillips-head screws from the edge of the tail light assembly if your Grand Caravan is model year 2008 or newer. Pry off the two push-in fasteners with a flathead screwdriver if your Grand Caravan is model year 2004 to 2007.

  3. 3

    Pull the tail light assembly away from the van gently. Turn the bulb socket to remove it from the assembly (the brake light bulb socket is the one facing inward).

  4. 4

    Pull the old bulb from the socket. Insert the replacement bulb into the socket. Don't touch the bulb's glass; instead, hold the bulb by its base (the oil on your skin can cause it to fail). Reattach the socket to the tail light assembly. Turn the socket to tighten it.

  5. 5

    Replace the tail light assembly. Tighten the Phillips-head screws (2008 to 2010), or reinsert the push-in fasteners (2004 to 2007).

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