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Old 11-10-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Well I just want to introduce myself. My names Pete and I have a 97 Wrangler. 4.0 5-speed. I didn't know about this site until i started searching for answers about the problem Im having with it. My problem is that I just noticed that my rear running lights and my front parking lights do not come on at all. So no driving at night. Where are the fuses for these things at? Also has anyone else had this problem and know the solution. Its really becoming a headache. Any help for a new guy is much appreciated.

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Fuse is behind the glove box. Open it, take out the strap and it will drop out of the way.

If all of them are out all around and it's not the fuse, it's the switch.

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Well I just want to introduce myself. My names Pete and I have a 97 Wrangler. 4.0 5-speed. I didn't know about this site until i started searching for answers about the problem Im having with it. My problem is that I just noticed that my rear running lights and my front parking lights do not come on at all. So no driving at night. Where are the fuses for these things at? Also has anyone else had this problem and know the solution. Its really becoming a headache. Any help for a new guy is much appreciated.
Hi Pete Welcome ................open up the glove box and undo the strap the fuses are in there real easy to get to ..........and there are some under the hood by the battery
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Thanks for the quick responses guys. I checked the fuses and they all seem to be fine. What else can I check? My headlights, signals, and brake lights work btw.
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Thanks for the quick responses guys. I checked the fuses and they all seem to be fine. What else can I check? My headlights, signals, and brake lights work btw.
Sorry I cant be much help ....I'm having my own issues with Fog lights
not to brite in the electrical area
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Sorry I cant be much help ....I'm having my own issues with Fog lights
not to brite in the electrical area
Haha funny you should say fog lights. Mine dont work either, but im not worrying about that right now.
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97 TJ? Is the emergency flasher on top of the steering column? If so, go "play with it".

My 2k's lights went out and I was trying to see if they worked with the emergency...that switch had gotten wet and had shorted those lights.

Cheap to try first. If that's not it, it's prolly the switch.
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97 TJ? Is the emergency flasher on top of the steering column? If so, go "play with it".

My 2k's lights went out and I was trying to see if they worked with the emergency...that switch had gotten wet and had shorted those lights.

Cheap to try first. If that's not it, it's prolly the switch.
Just tried it and the front and back lights both flashed while on. When I turned the emergency flasher off they were off. I hate electrical problems.
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Uh, I don't know if the light switch is the same on 97's and 2000's. I know it's not on 06's.

Go pull the light switch all the way out, and get a small wire brush (or tooth brush) and some wd-40 and clean it up (gently). It seems to be the switch and not the lights themselves.
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my 00 light switch pulls out like an old school car choke.
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Uh, I don't know if the light switch is the same on 97's and 2000's. I know it's not on 06's.

Go pull the light switch all the way out, and get a small wire brush (or tooth brush) and some wd-40 and clean it up (gently). It seems to be the switch and not the lights themselves.
Only I would clean it with electrical contact cleaner not wd-40. Mine is an '03 ant twists for lights, pull out for fogs.
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Only I would clean it with electrical contact cleaner not wd-40. Mine is an '03 ant twists for lights, pull out for fogs.
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Contrary to popular belief WD40 is not the greatest for electronic parts its conductive (at higher voltage) and leaves a residue that will gum up with dust.
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4point what are you talkig about? wd40 works for everything It's like duct tape.
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I don't know about "everything", but 40 is great for cleaning the probably dirty, rusty switch. Yeah, he'll need to wipe it down afterward, but I don't know of anything else that will clean the dirt/rust off to see if he can get his switch working.

"Electric contact cleaner" is usually something that won't cut the mustard on something on a jeep that's been out in the elements.

So, I'd clean it, wipe it down and put a little dielectric grease on it if that solves the problem.

If that doesn't solve the problem, time for a new switch as the lights and fuse actually work, but the switch is the root cause. Unless I'm missing something, in which case someone should offer another solution.
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Contrary to popular belief WD40 is not the greatest for electronic parts its conductive (at higher voltage) and leaves a residue that will gum up with dust.

YEA, we have a winner! Very good penitrate though. Will actually get under water and remove it, hence, the "WD" in the name. "WATER DISPLACEMENT" formula # 40

Will also remove any hints of lubricant. While it does leave a very, very thin amount of lube behind, it ain't much.

After using WD-40 and the problem is solved, lubricate those parts Jeepers!
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Well I just want to introduce myself. My names Pete and I have a 97 Wrangler. 4.0 5-speed. I didn't know about this site until i started searching for answers about the problem Im having with it. My problem is that I just noticed that my rear running lights and my front parking lights do not come on at all. So no driving at night. Where are the fuses for these things at? Also has anyone else had this problem and know the solution. Its really becoming a headache. Any help for a new guy is much appreciated.
Also check the relay switches for the lights under the hood. Find an item that works like, fog lamps. There are fuses in the box too for the 01's but not sure of yours. Check 'em all.

Pull that relay and replace it with others of like amperage. Test it there, I believe most of them are all the same. Relays are cheap.

The '01's have a wire bundle that runs out the bottom, check that for cutting and fraying, shorting-grounding out.
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My 2 cents from being a "rust belter" check the wires and the connection at the bulb. I also have a 97 and I have rewired both sides because of corrosion. Your TJ is 11 or 12 years old (mines 12 yrs... built in March 96)..... Anyway start at the bulb then connections then wires at connections and so on.......

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