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Old 01-27-2011, 08:09 PM   #1
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Turn signals on when braking

Alright so i have torn apart my steering column and replaced my turn signal/wiper switch in my YJ. I put most of it back together and plugged in clips i unplugged (only 2, the ones running to the switch itself and another running to the interior round white plastic piece that clicks and what not for the turn signals.) and now when i press the brake pedal both of my turn signals come on and stay solid. and my turn signals dont work either. Im at a loss, idk what i did wrong? Any wires i touched are on a different clip and i only cut them and re-applied them to their corresponding wires. Any suggestions?

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Old 01-27-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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does the jeep have trailer wiring? if so check that, you will most likely find corrosion has built up and caused a short. buy new wiring and make it a clean install and you shouldnt have any issues after that,

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Old 01-27-2011, 11:26 PM   #3
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i dont see any. it didnt happen before but yeah idk. ill check for some corrosion
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:04 AM   #4
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Is it the right switch?
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I have seen a couple of things. First check all the lamps, sometimes someone replaces a bulb with a single base bulb and it shorts out the turn brake and parking lights, no damage but a lot of confusion. When doing this check for corrosion on the sockets as well as the bulbs. Smear a light coating of grease on each bulb to reduce this.
As you remove each bulb, check to see if the symptoms change.
As an aside I have also dual filament bulbs configured wrong. Dim when brakes bright when parking. It has always been a tin plated (silver) never a brass bulb.
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Bulbs and shorts

I have seen a couple of things. First check all the lamps, sometimes someone replaces a bulb with a single base bulb and it shorts out the turn brake and parking lights, no damage but a lot of confusion. When doing this check for corrosion on the sockets as well as the bulbs. Smear a light coating of grease on each bulb to reduce this.
As you remove each bulb, check to see if the symptoms change.
As an aside I have also dual filament bulbs configured wrong. Dim when brakes bright when parking. It has always been a tin plated (silver) never a brass bulb.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:53 PM   #7
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:09 PM   #8
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Swap bulbs

I lost a whole weekend trouble-shooting this same problem. After working on my '85 CJ one weekend, every time I hit the brakes every lightson my dash would light up. I finally tracked a short towards the back of the Jeep. Suddenly, I remembered I had removed the back-up bulbs and the turn signal bulbs. It was exactly as you siad....I swapped the two bulbs.....single filament with a 2 filament bulbs. Funny, I've never heard anyone else doing it before

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