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Old 06-26-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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So my dome light stopped working a while ago. The fuse is good and all of the other interior lights work. The only thing is that the wires that connect are kind of beat up and they lost their sealing cap thing for where they are twisted together. I was going to cut and strip the wires and try twisting them together with a new cap. Would that be a good thing to do?

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Old 06-26-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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If your sure it's not the bulb

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Old 06-26-2012, 11:52 PM   #3
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Hahaha ya, that'd be a ton of work for nothing.
A while ago when I was putting speakers in, the dome light dropped out and hung from the wires, and it hasn't worked since then. Plus it has two bulbs, so it would be a weird coincidence if they both burnt out at the same time haha.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:04 AM   #4
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The fuse would be a good one to check too, in case it shorted out when the wires were exposed. I'v done a similar repair to the one you are taking about on other vehicles, and it worked fine. As long as ther is no positive grounding out, it should work since a dome light is such a basic circuit. I think you are on the right track. let us know if you fix it!
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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Ok sounds good. Which fuse would it be? Just so I'm not pulling the wrong fuse haha
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Its number 4 if I remember correctly...
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:35 PM   #7
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#4 is the door disconnect fuse which is on the ground side of the circuit. I will need to look for the number of the one on the positive side.

Don't use wire nuts for splicing stranded wire. They are designed only for solid wire. Do an inline twist, then solder, and cover with shrink tubing. You'll never worry about that connection again.
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Don't use wire nuts for splicing stranded wire. They are designed only for solid wire. Do an inline twist, then solder, and cover with shrink tubing. You'll never worry about that connection again.
x2. Crimping barrels if you're feeling lazy, solder and heat shrink if you feel like doing it right.

I pull fuse 4 when my doors are off, but that will still allow you to turn the dome lights on with the switch on the dash or on the blinker arm (depending on what year your jeep is). So if you can still turn the lights on with the switch, that rules out fuse 4. Just my .02. Good luck!
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:07 PM   #9
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Dome light fuse is #14 in the Power Distribution Center. The fuse block under the hood in front of the battery. It powers other stuff as well.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:16 AM   #10
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Fuse is fine. Stripped and retwisted the wires together with new crimping connectors. Still nothing. Took and ohm meter to the wires and there isn't any power to the wires themselves. So something inbetween the fuse and the light got messed up :/
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Dome light fuse is #14 in the Power Distribution Center. The fuse block under the hood in front of the battery. It powers other stuff as well.
Don't do this one. This takes power away from other things as well. Pull fuse #4 behind the glove box. This will do the headlight and door chime, as well as the dome light.
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Don't do this one. This takes power away from other things as well. Pull fuse #4 behind the glove box. This will do the headlight and door chime, as well as the dome light.
Nobody is. We are not talking about disabling the dome light. This is about which fuse supplies power to the circuit.
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so do your foot well lights work? I know you said all other interior lighting works, just checking though, easy to overlook
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Nobody is. We are not talking about disabling the dome light. This is about which fuse supplies power to the circuit.
My bad
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No problem.

Sammy, do the speaker up there work? On the drivers side, under the roll bar padding, around where the bend is, there is a connector for the sound bar. See if it pulled apart.
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Everything possible works. Both speakers, all other interior lights, radio, switches, everything. I was messing with it today and one of the fuses in fuse #18 is blown. It's 2 10 amp fuses put together on an adapter to make a 20 amp fuse. I checked my Chilton and it said that it is a spare fuse spot. Also, on the fuse panel it says "Alt. Battery" I don't have an alternate battery, and the wire looks like it's running up to my climate control. Is this a crazy rigging from the P.O.?
Also, I want to replace my climate control. That's what I was looking at, and it looks like the plastic has gotten very brittle over the years. The slider won't go to full cool or full heat without the tab inside snapping out of place since it has been misshapen from use. Anyone know a good place to get the OE slider climate control for my 98?? Sorry for that being off-topic.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:48 AM   #17
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check the bulbs, I know it would be odd that both went out at the same time, but entirely possible, might as well start with the simple things first.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:22 AM   #18
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I did to be sure. They were both fine
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:04 PM   #19
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Ok, I figured it out. It was some crazy 20 amp fuse in fuse #18 that was rigged with two 10s and one of the 10s blew. It must've been from when the P.O. rewired it for a sub. Stoked to have it fixed.

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