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Old 09-24-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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1998 Sahara - let there be light...

Just got a 1998 Wrangler Sahara. Can anyone tell me if there is a light behind the climate controls? This entire area is dark at night but I can feel an indent where each icon is and wondered if they are supposed to be backlit. Figured I would ask before taking things apart to see.

Also, a light doesn't come on inside the Jeep when the rear door is opened, does it? I only see the connections for the third tail light on the door but maybe I am missing something.

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Old 09-24-2010, 10:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I can't tell you much about the 98, but as for my 06, there is no backlighting behind the climate control, nor is there a switch to turn on the lights at the rear gate. When I was running the hard top I had a tap light mounted in the back because even on the sunniest day it was hard to see back there with the tinted windows. The climate control is something that you just adjust by knowing the number of clicks it takes to get the vent action you want.

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Old 09-24-2010, 10:41 PM   #3
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I would think that there is. My 03 has them.
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:43 PM   #4
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Everything on mine is backlit as well. '05 X
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My 99 is backlit, but no light with the tail gate.
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I have a 02 with a stock hard top and it has a light in the hard top by the intake in the top for the vents but it doesnt work. Any ideas on a fix for that?
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:34 AM   #7
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The '97 climate control is backlit. Sometimes the lights come on straight away, other times I need to turn the fan on and off once or twice and the lights come on. Weird.
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:55 AM   #8
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My 97 the contols are not backlit, it's all solid black not clear to where a bulb could shine light through.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:39 AM   #9
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I have a 98 Sahara and there are lights behind the climate control but some times they do not come on but I just tap on mine a little and they come on. As for the light in the back it is not activated when I open the rear gate.
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Thanks for all the responses. I now have backlight! The included picts show the style climate control that I have as well as the bulb locations.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:58 AM   #11
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My 97 the contols are not backlit, it's all solid black not clear to where a bulb could shine light through.
The '97 HVAC controls are backlit via a very tiny bulb and the light does indeed shine through them. I owned a '97 TJ for 14 years.
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Thanks for all the responses. I now have backlight! The included picts show the style climate control that I have as well as the bulb locations.
Glad you got it working Eeeek.
I also have a 98 Sahara but didn't see your thread in time.
If you feel like changing the color up a bit inside,
it's very easy to do.
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