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Old 06-25-2014, 12:35 AM   #1
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Question 1 Headlight On?

Hey guys,

So I have the JW Speaker headlights on my '13 with the anti flicker harness and it's been perfectly fine ever since I've had it installed back in December. Today when I turned on the jeep, only 1 headlight came on. No flicker or anything on the one that didn't turn on. I tried flipping through all the modes on the stalk thinking that it would work, but nada. Only when I turned the car back off and back on did both come on like nothing happened.

Is this just some freak accident or could it be hinting at something bigger?
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:38 AM   #2
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Mine did that and I took out my meters and oscilloscopes to troubleshoot. Set up all sorts of gizmos. Got a cup of coffee. Pulled out the schematics. Popped the bonnet, pulled off the grill, and saw that the tab on the connector was buggered and unplugged on the offender. Zip-tied it back together.


If that's not your case, swap the lamps from side to side. If the problem follows the lamp, there you go. If it doesn't, swap the connectors. If you're still puzzled, put in the OE lamps and try. If the same side is still out, look to your TIPM and make sure that the links are all plugged in correctly. Look for pins backed out or pushed down in the connectors.

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Old 06-26-2014, 12:06 PM   #3
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Mine did that and I took out my meters and oscilloscopes to troubleshoot. Set up all sorts of gizmos. Got a cup of coffee. Pulled out the schematics. Popped the bonnet, pulled off the grill, and saw that the tab on the connector was buggered and unplugged on the offender. Zip-tied it back together.


If that's not your case, swap the lamps from side to side. If the problem follows the lamp, there you go. If it doesn't, swap the connectors. If you're still puzzled, put in the OE lamps and try. If the same side is still out, look to your TIPM and make sure that the links are all plugged in correctly. Look for pins backed out or pushed down in the connectors.
Excellent troubleshooting plan.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:03 PM   #4
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Appreciate it. Thanks.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:35 PM   #5
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Mine does same on drivers side. I thought it was my Speaker or anti flick module but it never happened w factory light. It's intermittent but it comes on/off if I hit the light, move wires or pot holes. I think I have isolated it to the factory connector but can't find a replacement anywhere. Meanwhile I looped a zip tie around the factory and antiflck connector (front to back). It helped as it's less less frequent now.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:40 PM   #6
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Mine does it every now n then. I found it to be the factory plug. The 1 problem I can find is the rear pass tailamp does the same thing. Jeeps gotta love em.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:43 PM   #7
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http://starparts.chrysler.com/starli...navigation.htm

A member recommended this site for a connector. I need to take mine apart to confirm its 4 pin. It's a pain removing grill.
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When I upgraded to JW's I noticed that my anti-flicker harness wouldn't snap and lock into the Jeep's headlight connector no matter how hard I tried to push the connector on. I ended up putting some "KraGLE" around the base of the anti-flicker connector and that locked them together nicely. I have yet to experience any issues with either headlight.
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When I upgraded to JW's I noticed that my anti-flicker harness wouldn't snap and lock into the Jeep's headlight connector no matter how hard I tried to push the connector on. I ended up putting some "KraGLE" around the base of the anti-flicker connector and that locked them together nicely. I have yet to experience any issues with either headlight.
That happened to me today. One harness plugged in fine. The other wouldn't go in enough for me to set the red tab in. I looked at the connector on the anti-flicker harness (that plugs into the OEM headlight plug), and I noticed that the notch on the connector was slightly curved instead of straight up and down. So I took my knife and trimmed it straight. After that, it plugged in and I was able to set the red tab. Hard to explain without pics.
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That happened to me today. One harness plugged in fine. The other wouldn't go in enough for me to set the red tab in. I looked at the connector on the anti-flicker harness (that plugs into the OEM headlight plug), and I noticed that the notch on the connector was slightly curved instead of straight up and down. So I took my knife and trimmed it straight. After that, it plugged in and I was able to set the red tab. Hard to explain without pics.
Yeah, the plugs didn't come from the same litter....

And the links @ the TIPM can be tricky to find/isolate. I ditched my Power Wagon because of that. Things would just turn off randomly and intermittently. Important things like the winch, headlights, lockers, radio (not so important but annoying). The idle changed a few times. And one time it just refused to accelerate as I was trying to merge into traffic.

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