How to Change the Headlights on a Grand Cherokee

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How to Change the Headlights on a Grand Cherokee
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Jeep introduced the Grand Cherokee in 1993 as a mid-sized sport utility vehicle more luxurious, but no less agile than its slightly smaller Cherokee models. The Grand Cherokee comes well equipped with a comfortable interior and convenience features. The Grand Cherokee is powered by a six- or eight-cylinder engine and features an automatic transmission, while an optional four-wheel drive system is available. All model years of Grand Cherokee have aerodynamic, high-impact plastic headlight assemblies.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • T2 Torx screwdriver (1993-1998 models)
  • Small wire brush (1993-1998 models)
  • Lubricating oil (1993-1998 models)
  • Flat-blade screwdriver (1993-2006 models)
  • 7mm wrench (1999-2006 models)
  • Penetrating oil (1999-2006 models)

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Instructions

    1993 to 1998 Grand Cherokee

  1. 1

    Open the bonnet. Remove the two parking light retaining screws from the outside of the parking light lens on the side of the vehicle on which you will be working. Use a T2 Torx screwdriver. Pull the parking light assembly straight out of the front of the vehicle and let it hang out of the way by its wiring harness.

  2. 2

    Grasp the headlight assembly on both sides and pull it straight out of the front of the vehicle until the retaining clips release.

  3. 3

    Rotate the retaining ring on the wiring connector on the back of the headlight assembly in a counterclockwise direction. Push the release tab on the wiring connector and pull it straight out of the back of the headlight. Remove the headlight from the vehicle.

  4. 4

    Clean the headlight mounting studs on the headlight mounting bracket with a small wire brush, then spray a small amount of lubricating oil on the studs.

  5. 5

    Use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the mounting clips from the replacement headlights, if they have been installed at the factory, as they are not needed. Push the wiring connector into the replacement headlight until it snaps into place. Rotate the retaining ring in a clockwise direction until it is tight. Push the headlight into position until the retaining clips engage. Replace the parking light and tighten the retaining screws. Close the bonnet.

    1999 to 2006 Grand Cherokee

  1. 1

    Open the bonnet. Loosen the bolt on the top of the headlight assembly with a 7mm wrench. Remove the bolt from the headlight and place it aside.

  2. 2

    Grasp the headlight assembly on both sides and pull it firmly away from the front of the vehicle until the retaining clips release.

  3. 3

    Pry the wiring connectors for the high- and low-beam headlight bulbs off the back side of the headlight assembly with a flat-blade screwdriver. Twist the parking light bulb sockets out of the backside of the assembly in a counterclockwise direction. Remove the headlight assembly from the vehicle.

  4. 4

    Check the backside of the headlight you removed for any retaining clips that may have come out with the light. Spray penetrating oil on the clips and pry them out with a flat-blade screwdriver. Push the clips back into their mounting holes in the headlight cavity of the vehicle until they snap into place. Skip this step if the clips stayed in their mounting holes and did come out with the headlight.

  5. 5

    Push the headlight wiring connectors onto the backside of the replacement headlight until they snap into place. Push the parking light bulb sockets back into their respective holes and rotate them until they lock into place. Push the headlight assembly back into its cavity until the retaining clips engage. Replace the retaining bolt and tighten it with a 7mm wrench. Close the bonnet.

Tips and warnings

  • Repeat either procedure to replace the remaining headlight.

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