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Old 04-29-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Tail light problem I can't figure out, Help!

Hi I'm Paul, I have a 97 tj, but my tail lights aren't working. When the lights are on, the tail lights don't work, the brake lights do work. I changed and checked the fuses, but still not working. What am I missing? Please help it's an emergency, I already got pulled over once.

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Old 04-29-2009, 10:00 PM   #2
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next step is the bulbs check those and check with a volt meter to see if you are getting anything going to them. check for voltage at the bulb socket when you have power to them. if you have power change the bulbs if not trace the wires till you find the problem. just to be sure you do have break lights? if no break lights and only parking check break light switch on break peddle. welcome to the club

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Old 04-29-2009, 10:19 PM   #3

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It could be a number of things from a faulty headlight switch to a faulty multi-function switch. Start small and check voltages and work up to the other components. Don't just throw parts at it you could end up spending a lot of cash you don't need.

Having said that... Why not go over to the New Member Check In and introduce yourself. I sure hope you stick around long after your problem is fixed.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:30 PM   #4
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Did you replace the bulbs recently? I think this will happend if your are using single filament bulbs instead of dual filament.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:26 AM   #5
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I'd check the grounding points for the rear section of the the jeep. The lights ground to the tub/frame and if it is not getting a clean connection the elec. will not flow properly. Also I'd clean the battery posts and clamps and reseat them. Just some extra thoughts.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:41 AM   #6
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Check the bulb filament first if you replaced with the right ones, if this is ok and you havn't replaced them then I suggest you do this also check inside the wire harness these can get pretty dirty and grimy causing the bulb to lose contact and cause a direct short!
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:01 AM   #7
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I had the same problem and it was an easy fix once it was figured out. My problem was in the tailgate connections to the spare tire brake light. When you open the tailgate look for the wedge in the door and two round contacts on the right trunk wall. Inside the wedge on the door (near the hinges) are the other two contacts that make the connections for the spare tire brake light to work.
Check to see if the contacts are connecting. I had to take the wedge on the tailgate off and shim the contacts a little higher so they made soild contact. Now everything is good as new. It was a bitch to find, but easy to fix.

Good luck and I hope this helps.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:51 AM   #8
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throw some blinker fluid in it and call it good

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