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Old 07-20-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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Exclamation Lites shorting out

ok i got a 1997 jeep the past it had a short circut and the blinkers would blink rappedly. the problem was fixed my our mechanic. Lately the rear tail light is shorting out and acting up. when lights are off and the left directional is turned on it uses both bulbs and beats normally but very dim. the right one works fine. when lights are on it beats rapid and a little lighter but still with both bulbs. any one have any edvice
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:14 PM   #2
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Matt, you probably have either a bad bulb or one of the bulbs is inserted into the socket incorrectly. Make sure too that each light bulb's socket is getting a good ground connection. Like the rear tail light housings get their electrical ground connection by the screws that hold the tail light assembly to the tub. Are the screws tight and making good contact?

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Old 07-20-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
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Agreed. There are 2 bulbs in each tail light. If you switch which sockets they're in, the whole electrical system is hosed. Take all the bulbs out and put them in 1 at a time making sure they're working properly until you get them all in correctly.
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Sounds like you have a bad ground to that light. Reground the light by cleaning the thread holes and bolts that mount the light or by adding a new wire to the light housing and mounting the other end of the wire to the frame.
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