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I am trying to replace my 2011 jeep compass tailight, I'm

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hi there i am trying to replace my 2011 jeep compass tailight
JA: Have you checked the bulbs? Have you checked the connection?
Customer: I'm mainly just trying to disconnect the main connector between the assembly and the car
JA: Are you fixing your Compass yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes i pulled out the red tab and i am currently trying to pull it apart with no luck
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Robert replied 8 months ago.

Hello, welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is*****'m a Certified Auto Technician with 29+ years experience. I will do my best to assist you. please keep in mind that I may need to ask questions of you before I can answer. When you reply please feel free to add as much detailed information as possible pertaining to your concern.

I am researching this concern for you and will get back with you as soon as possible, Thanks for your patience while I gather the information needed for your answer. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.



Customer: replied 8 months ago.
thank you
Expert:  Robert replied 8 months ago.

Here is a pic of the connector shown in blue.

I marked the pic showing what you need to do to disconnect it. Slide the red tap to the position shown OR remove the red tab completely. Press the tab shown while pulling and wiggling the connector until it slides free...

Here is the pic --->> Click Here to view <<---

Let me know if this helps you...

Thank you,


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Here is the picture of the wiring i am trying to remove the bulbs from the car
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
i am not sure which part i am disconnecting, the top gray plug?, or the bottom with the connected tail bulbs
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Expert:  Robert replied 8 months ago.

It appears that you connector is already broken.

Remove the red tab all the way then use a pocket screwdriver to lift up the locking tab from the bulb side of the connector.

If not sure what I'm referring to, I'll need some time to mark up your pic to show what must be done to disconnect it.

Unfortunately, I need to log off for a couple hours. I'll respond asap when I get back online..

Sorry for the delay...

Thank you,


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
If you don't mind marking up the picture when you get online thank you
Expert:  Robert replied 8 months ago.

Hello, Sorry for the delay, here is your pic marked up, hopefully this explains it good enough so you can get the connector disconnected...

--->> Click Here to view <<---

Keep me posted and let me know if you have any additional questions...

Thank you,



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