Do it yourself, change the tail light assembly on your Dodge Dakota, produced between the years 1997 and 2004. You will need a T25 torx driver for this repair and about 15 minutes of your time. The repair is very simple if you follow the steps below.
First of all, open the tail gate of your car and look near the tail light. You should notice the two T25 head screws marked with blue circles in the picture below. They actually hold the assembly secured to the body of the car.
You can remove them easily with an appropriate screwdriver. At this point, the only thing that is holding the tail light are two metal pins that go into some rubber sleeves into the car. Pull the lens back firmly and detach the assembly. Behind it, you will notice the electrical harnesses and the sockets of the bulbs, as seen below. In order to separate the tail light assembly, twist the sockets of the light bulbs counterclockwise.
Now you can service the bulbs or proceed to replace the tail light. Install the replacements and then secure the new assembly into the body of the car. This is all you have to do, if you need to replace the tail light assembly on your Dodge Dakota, made between the years 1997 and 2004.