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Old 12-07-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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Multiple lights issue.. Help

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I just purchased a 2002 Jeep Wrangler for my daughter. We have had it for a week and all of a sudden all of the lights except the headlights have stopped working.

Dashlights (except radio and odometer), parking lights, brake lights, turn signals, hazards. None of them work. The brakes does not work with or without the headlights turned on. The interior dome light still works.

I have checked all of the fuses that are inside the glove compartment and do not see any blown fuses. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

Thanks, Troy

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Old 12-07-2010, 06:19 PM   #2
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All,

I just purchased a 2002 Jeep Wrangler for my daughter. We have had it for a week and all of a sudden all of the lights except the headlights have stopped working.

Dashlights (except radio and odometer), parking lights, brake lights, turn signals, hazards. None of them work. The brakes does not work with or without the headlights turned on. The interior dome light still works.

I have checked all of the fuses that are inside the glove compartment and do not see any blown fuses. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

Thanks, Troy
Faulty ground? I just had all my rear end lights go out because they weren't grounded. Check that the bolts holding the taillight assemblies to the body are tight because thats the ground. Good luck. (did you check any relays under the hood?

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Yeah sounds like the wires are not grounded you should also check the fuses under the hood on the left hand side in the narrow black box. I felt pretty stupid when mine weren't working when all it was, was a simple fuse. Hope this helps! °|||||||°
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:07 PM   #4
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OK, sorry I missed a couple of fuses that were blown. My eyes in the dark suck, well actually they seem to suck constantly!

Since changing the fuses in the glovebox, I have all of my lights except for turn signals and hazards.

You mentioned a short, and I was just made aware by my lovely wife and daughter that when they used it to go grocery shopping last Sunday, they shut the tailgate on the light hookup for a trailer. I noticed from what I could see that the wire cable looked like it was frayed. I am assuming that could have possibly caused the problem.

Do you think them shutting the gate on that wire could be causing the problem?
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:11 PM   #5
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Had the same problem with mine I had a trailer hook up and It got ripped of on the trail and it caused all kinda of shorts. Mine was plugged in to the factory harness behind the passenger tail light. What solved it for me was completely removing the extra harness and all my shorts were cured
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All,

OK after I changed the blown fuses, my brakes and interior dash lights were working again. I still did not have my parking lights working nor my signal or hazards.

So today I replaced the flasher box. When I did this I had my parking lights on the drivers side and the front one on my passengers side. Still did not have the signal or hazards flashing.

I think I have a short on the passengers side because when I was trying to replace th bulb on the side, the front parking light kept going on and off. Now unfortunately they are both off. I used a meter to test the front and side and was getting nothing.

I think I need new sockets that the bulbs go into on the front and side markers for the passenger side. I went to Autozone and they didn't have anything that would work. I have been looking online, and I can find bulbs and the housing and lens covers, but not the actual socket that the bulbs plug into.

I have two questions, does anyone know where I can get the two socket parts online? And two, once I have this fixed and the light turn on, will that then fix my turn signal and hazards to start flashing or blinking again?
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I think I need new sockets that the bulbs go into on the front and side markers for the passenger side. I went to Autozone and they didn't have anything that would work. I have been looking online, and I can find bulbs and the housing and lens covers, but not the actual socket that the bulbs plug into.

I have two questions, does anyone know where I can get the two socket parts online? And two, once I have this fixed and the light turn on, will that then fix my turn signal and hazards to start flashing or blinking again?
GnF,

Welcome to my introduction to Jeeps after someone cut out my turn signals, markers lights and stole them. I found out why.

The sockets aren't made to be purchased separately. Trust me. I even went to the dealers. You have to buy the entire wiring harness. You'll find these sockets (including the marker lights) aren't exactly "standard." You'd be better off going to a junkyard and seeing if anything is dead in there that still has the sockets.

Weird as it sounds, have you inspected the bulbs? I once thought I had a wiring problem with an old truck. Turned out BOTH headlights blew at the same time (what are the odds?).
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Thanks, I had been searching online for over an hour and thought I was going crazy. I know the bulbs are good as I took them out and put them into the drivers side and they worked on that side. I took the lights on the drivers side (which were working on that side) and tried them on the passenger side and they were not working.

Using a simple light meter, I was not getting anything on the passenger side in the front or side socket. The same test on the driver side worked fine.

If I get the parts from a junkyard, do you think that my blinkers will flash after that?
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Thanks, I had been searching online for over an hour and thought I was going crazy. I know the bulbs are good as I took them out and put them into the drivers side and they worked on that side. I took the lights on the drivers side (which were working on that side) and tried them on the passenger side and they were not working.

Using a simple light meter, I was not getting anything on the passenger side in the front or side socket. The same test on the driver side worked fine.

If I get the parts from a junkyard, do you think that my blinkers will flash after that?
If you're getting juice on one side but not the other, I'd start with replacing the wiring harness. Of course, I'm new to Jeeps myself and finding out all kinds of things about them I didn't know, so maybe it's something simpler. In any event, if you can find a Jeep at a junkyard with the light wiring harness - Take it. Shouldn't be more than $20 bucks.

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