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How to Replace Headlights 97-98 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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  1. step : Handling the Bulbs (0:35)
    • Note: DO NOT TOUCH the bulbs- the oil from your fingers will burn into the light and foul your bulb.
    • Clean with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth if the bulbs do get touched.
  2. step : Removing the side marker light (1:05)
    • Use your No. 2 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws securing the side marker light.
    • Pull the headlight out.
    • Unplug the harness.
    • Clean the studs the headlight assembly with a wire brush.
    • Spray with penetrating oil.
  3. step : Installing the new headlight assembly (3:00)
    • Plug in the harness.
    • Clip the new headlight back into place.
    • Screw the side marker light assembly back into place with your No. 2 Torx screwdriver.

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners at 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing and maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20 plus years' experience, restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1AAuto.com. The right parts installed correctly, that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video, we're going to replace the headlights on this 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, basically the same as all '93 to '98 Cherokees. Pretty easy, only requires a number two torques screw driver. We're going to help you switch your truck from this to that, and again pretty easy, probably about an hours' worth of time and just a number two torques screwdriver. We'll start out, going to kind of speed this up a little bit.

We're going to remove the side marker light, there's a screw there and you're going to see me use my number two torque screwdriver, remove that screw. Don't pay attention to the fact that the lights are already out, kind of shot this out of sequence. You do have to remove this side marker light first, two screws, one down there and then one up on the top. Also you'll notice that I switch from side to side because I found that the marker light on this car was broken on the other side, so I'm showing you how to remove the side marker on the left side, but how to remove the headlight on the right side.

You got your side marker, all right, and then you just basically pull the light right out and you pull pretty hard and you give it a good tug, all right. Then you can pull the other side, okay and then it comes out and then there's a little locking tab on the headlight and you pull that locking tab off and your headlight is out. Then what you want to do is you want to clean up the studs that the headlight snaps on to. You can see it's a little bit rusty, I'm going to take a wire brush and I'm going to clean that rust and any dirt and gunk off of them. You clean the surface of them and kind of in behind too.

I apologize the lighting is not the best on here. Like I said, it's a nice stiff wire brush, clean those up. Then once they're clean you're going to want to spray them with a little bit of white grease or oil or anything, just to make it easy to kind of push the headlights on there. Then you'll see up here, the clip stayed with the car, okay the new headlights come with that clip installed. For this, I'm going to actually pull that clip out of the headlight because this is how they did it at the factory.

The car came down the line, that clip helped line it up and then they pushed it on. You can always just push it on regularly if that clip comes off with your truck. First, plug in the light and then you kind of have to look down into the holes in the radiator support and line it up. Make sure both the ball and sockets are on and then you'll see me give it a good fist bump basically. You want to use a good striking blow, not just try and push it, you'll end up breaking the plastic. I'm just making sure it's lined up, I'm going to give it a good whack there and it's in place.

Now you can use the torque screw driver also to aim it if it's a little bit off. Then we're going to switch back to the other side, just show you and I'll speed this up replacing that other parking light. You get this parking light in and again don't pay attention to the fact that the headlights aren't in, kind of like I said, shot this out of sequence and putting it together for you the best I can. Basically you remove the parking light, remove the headlight, put the headlight back in and put the side marker light back in.

If all goes right, hopefully your truck will go from this to more like this. Now we hope this helped you out and we appreciate you looking, thank you very much.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Wire Brush

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • Number 2 Torx driver

1997 - 1998  Jeep  Grand Cherokee
1993 - 1996  Jeep  Grand Cherokee
1993 - 1998  Jeep  Grand Cherokee
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