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How to Change the Parking Lamps in your Jeep Wrangler JK

Updated on June 6, 2014
Picture of a clear parking and turn signal lighting kit.
Picture of a clear parking and turn signal lighting kit. | Source

Front Parking Light Maintenance JK Wrangler

There are times when you need to do maintenance on the front parking lamps located on the front grille or the rear side markers located on the side fender flares. Or maybe you want to install an aftermarket clear lens kit with amber bulbs. Either way this guide will show you how to either change the bulbs or install the new kit.


A couple of things to remember when buying an aftermarket kit with clear lenses. You must get DOT approved amber lenses to make sure the kit is street legal. White, blue, or other colors may not be legal for on-road use. Take care when replacing bulb kits as they can damage easily during install. Also make sure all electrical contacts are clean and free from water, mud, dirt, or other contaminants.

Make sure you check your kit or bulbs to make sure you have the correct items. Also read through the instructions first so you understand the basic concepts and have all the tools ready.

Assortment of bulbs used on a Jeep.
Assortment of bulbs used on a Jeep.

Bulb Sizes

The Front Parking Lamps take the following bulbs:

3157 for white

3157NA for amber

The Side Marker Lamps take the following bulbs:

194 for white

194NA for amber

part numbers may vary but the numbers are the correct designation to look up at any parts store.

Stock Front Parking Lamps Wrangler JK

Jeep Wrangler JK with front amber lens parking lamps installed.
Jeep Wrangler JK with front amber lens parking lamps installed.

Changing the Front Parking Lamps

These are the lamp assemblies located on the front of the grille below the headlights. These are readily accessible especially if you have a shorty bumper. This should take about 30 minutes or so. The hardest part is removing the red safety clip and sometimes getting the clips to release the housing.

  • First start by disconnecting the battery. This is a safety precaution and not necessary as there are no live wires that I know of, but you could short something out.
  • On the back of the parking lamp assembly is the wiring harness. Start by removing the red safety clip away from the harness. This is done by pressing on the clip and pulling on the connector. It may take a little work to get this off. Be careful not to break it as it wont go back in correctly.
  • Next remove the parking lamp. Push on the two tabs holding the lamp assembly to the grille outward. Then pull the whole lamp assembly out through the front of the grille.
  • Now here you can change the bulb by rotating the bulb till it comes out. And replacing it with the new bulb.
  • If you have a new clear lamp assembly make sure that an AMBER bulb is installed and insert the lamp assembly through the front of the grille lining up the tabs until it snaps in place. The attach the wiring harness and insert the red safety clip.
  • Now would be a good time to connect the battery and check if the assembly works, even better would be before you snap it in.
  • Then repeat these steps for the opposite side parking lamp assembly.
  • Once finished test the bulbs again and make sure they are working. I would also test them after 50 miles to make sure the wiring harness is correctly seated.

Change the Front Parking Lamps on Wrangler JK

Jeep Wrangler JK showing both light assemblies.

Stock fender flares house the round side marker lights.
Stock fender flares house the round side marker lights. | Source

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How to Change the Sidemarker Lights on a Jeep Wrangler JK

Changing the side marker lamps are a little different than the front parking lamps. Take care not to lean to hard on the fenders and take your time when rotating the bulbs out.

  • On each fender flare rotate the bulb housings on the rear of the fender until the come out.
  • At this point if you are only replacing the bulb you can do that now. Otherwise proceed on if you are changing the whole assembly out.
  • On the inside of the fender below the light assembly are two rivets you must remove. You can use a flat head screwdriver or and Allen wrench to remove them. Be careful not to damage them because you cannot reuse them. If they do get damaged replacement ones can be bought online or from your Jeep dealer the part # is 6506007AA.
  • With access to the turn signal lamp assembly push the top of the clip on the lamp downwards.With the fender flare separated from the inner fender push the top of the lamp out and then down a bit. The clips should release from the inner fender.
  • Now remove the bulb housing from the new replacement housing and set aside you will use this later. Next install the new replacement housing by making sure the clips on the bottom of the housing are seated into the inner fender. Once that is done the top clip can then be snapped into the inner fender.
  • If the OE original bulb housing is still in the connector wiring harness remove that now. Replace it with the new supplied bulb housing and amber bulb. Rotate when installing the new bulb housing into the lamp assembly till it seats.
  • Now take the plastic rivets removed earlier and make sure at least 1/8" is popped out. Install the rivets into the inner fender holes all the way making sure there is a little still popped out. When fully installed press the popped out portion to secure them in place. Test and make sure the bulbs are working correctly.
  • Repeat for the other side. Which will be a lot easier because you already know how to do it.

So Now Your All Done

So sit back and take a look at your handiwork. You should have nice clear lenses installed with bulbs that blink and burn amber. Your street legal and ready to go and cruise with the top off.


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      Sourav Rana 

      2 months ago

      Thanks for sharing such a useful stuff. The instructions have been placed very diligently making it to be grasped from the roots. One thing I want to know if the harness joint with lamp is just through clip?


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