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Old 04-05-2010, 07:43 PM   #1
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Hey guys. 2 nights ago I noticed my 2002 wranglers interior lights went out, and then a day later some guy yells from his car and says my back lights arent on....

So then today, my left blinker started bugging out like a bulb was dead.

So I...

Pulled all the fuses 1 at a time. Rear light fuse was burnt, replaced it.

Replaced my turn signal bulb all 4 rear bulbs and all 6 dash lights.

While replacing the turn signal bulb I found out that the wire harness for the bulb was only electrical taped to the existing wires so I pulled all the dry rotted tape off, cleaned all the wires very well, and then heat shrank them back together and then put some black wire loom over that.

Now, the problem remains that I instantly blow the rear driving light fuse 1 second from turning the switch, and my instrument cluster lights will not turn on. Odometer is shown, seat belt, ect, but no back lighting.

I took my rear lights apart and checked all the connections and the ground and everything looks much more solid then I expected.

NOW WHAT DO I DO?! Please help me out guys, I just want to spend my money on fun stuff for the jeep, not repairing CRAP like this.

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Old 04-05-2010, 11:24 PM   #3
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You have a dead short somewhere on the circuit with that fuse... your power wire is grounded somewhere. It's going to be located between the lighting (and whatever else is being powered on that circuit) and the relay contacts (on that same circuit) that are energized when the ignition is turned on.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:30 AM   #4
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If the first set of wires was not secured properly, you can almost bet that there is a bare wire somewhere touching metal, grounding it out and causing the issue.

Just my 2 cents.... but if I get a penny for my thoughts.. where is that other penny going?
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:49 PM   #5
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What about the blinker lever on the steering column? Could the switch inside be the problem? It's 150 bucks for that switch through the dealer, tho I dont want to drop 150 is that isnt the problem.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:24 PM   #6
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Anyone ever change one of those blinker levers out? I know the top of the steering column comes out how difficult is replacing it?

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