replacement headlight for 2014 Durango R/t?

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Discussion Starter · #1 · Jul 17, 2020

After almost 6 years and 67,000 mostly trouble free miles (save the water pump at 45,000) my Durango R/T has had one of its headlights go out. Before I do a search for the right part to replace it, wondering if anyone knows off the top of their head and could tell me. Also, for anyone who has changed out a headlight, is it a difficult job? I’ve replaced many headlights on many cars in the past, but something is telling me this might be a little bit more difficult. Thanks to anyone who can share some knowledge/experience here.

2014 Durango Limited V-6 / AWD

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I can’t tell you what kind of headlight you need, but I can tell you it will be a PITA to change. The driver side is a little easier to get at than the passenger side, as you can remove the air cleaner box for better access. For the passenger side, you probably need to use the access panel in the wheel well. I swapped the halogens in my 2014 Limited to HIDs, and it was fun…

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It should have a cover inside the wheel well that you can pop out then a dust cover to get easy access to the headlights. I just ordered led lights from headlight Revolution for my Durango

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You have been lucky my friend. Both my Head light bulbs went out over the last few months and I can tell you it’s no easy job especially the Passenger side. I have a 2017 with HID bulbs and at that time only 31k on the clock.

The Drivers side isn’t to bad, it’s been said to use the wheel well cover and go that route but I found it much better to remove the air cleaner and go from the engine bay.

There is a few videos on you tube you can watch to see how other people have done this as there are ones both ways.

There isn’t however many if any on the passenger side which is a total bitch. It’s in the worse possible place with the engineers thinking you will never have to change the bulb and if you do a professional mechanic who has been factory trained with the proper technics to get it out.

So if you have HID’s you need DS3 bulbs. Do not get cheap ones, get the factory replacements Phillips model which is what the Durangos came with.

If you don’t have HID headlights then you need 9005 bulbs. Again if your not improving them with higher end bulbs do not get cheaper ones at least get what brand standard bulbs that came with your truck. I don’t however know what they are.

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I can’t tell you what kind of headlight you need, but I can tell you it will be a PITA to change. The driver side is a little easier to get at than the passenger side, as you can remove the air cleaner box for better access. For the passenger side, you probably need to use the access panel in the wheel well. I swapped the halogens in my 2014 Limited to HIDs, and it was fun…

Bit of a PITA. I replaced passenger side through the access panel. You can’t see what you are doing so it’s all by feel. The bulb holder twists out about 1/8 turn then goes back the same way. Easy enough so good luck. The bulb is $120 or so.

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Discussion Starter · #6 · Jul 22, 2020

Update: Headlights have been replaced. I did not realize that my R/T had the HiD bulbs. Replacement cost at my local independent shop was $189 per bulb! The dealership wanted $260 per bulb (we checked just to be sure). I had no idea my headlights were HiD. Sure enough, there it is on my window sticker (I still have it). Tech took care of the job efficiently and professionally. I am satisfied, but not happy at the cost. Hopefully these will last another six years.

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