How to Replace the Light Bulb in a Jeep Cherokee XJ 4WD

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How to Replace the Light Bulb in a Jeep Cherokee XJ 4WD
Changing the headlight on your Jeep is not difficult. (jeep rouge 2 image by Jerome Dancette from

When the headlight goes out on your Jeep Cherokee XJ, you will experience limited vision as well as reduced visibility to other motorists. When a headlight burns out, it is necessary to replace it as soon as possible so you can safely drive your truck at night. The headlight on the Jeep Cherokee XJ is a sealed beam headlight, meaning you will replace a reflective unit which houses the bulb rather than inserting a new bulb into a composite housing on the vehicle frame.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Locate the screws in the retaining ring of your headlight. This is the trim piece that holds the light in place. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws by turning counterclockwise.

  2. 2

    Pull the headlight away from the vehicle while holding the headlight connector. If the connection is tight, wiggle the connector to pull it loose.

  3. 3

    Remove the spring between the headlight and the grill.

  4. 4

    Pull down on the headlight to remove it from the grill of the vehicle.

  5. 5

    Place the new headlight unit in the grill and push up until it meets the headlight adjusting screws.

  6. 6

    Replace the spring between the headlight and the grill of the vehicle.

  7. 7

    Connect the wiring harness to the back of the headlight.

  8. 8

    Place headlight back into the grill.

  9. 9

    Reinstall headlight retaining ring.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear gloves when removing the retaining ring to avoid being cut by sharp edges.

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