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Old 08-30-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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Electrical problem

Been off roading for years but this is my first jeep. Bought a 97 Wrangler TJ to use as a tow'd behind my motorhome. All was well until yesterday when I drove to town. Hit the turn indicator and got the rapid blink, figured I had a bulb out, seems to be a bit more complicated. I have no front turn signals or running lights. Rear blinkers work fine, 4 ways only work on the back. Can't find a loose wire or loose connector. Anyone seen this before? Ideas/suggestions?
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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My experience has been that "mysterious" electrical problems almost always turn out to be ground issues. I'd double check any wires near the front tow bar to see if something got pinched. Also check the connection at both ends of the battery ground, though I'd think that a less likely culprit.

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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Double check the connections on the bulbs into the light housing, then the housing screws are clean and secure to the body/chassis. You need to rule out a grounding issue of the bulbs>light housing>body.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:21 AM   #4
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I tow on a dolly so no pinched wires, already cleaned and retightened all the grounds I could find. Bulbs/sockets are clean. Took the lower dash off and didn't see anything that was out of place. Is there a connector to the front hidden somewhere I'm missing? I'm stumped.
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Does your horn work? There is a black connector on the left inner fender near the master cylinder area that has the wires for park/signal lights & horn & the solenoid for the fuel vapor canister. 3 wires at one corner are black/yellow, tan & gray. Those are for the park/signal lights. Check that connector for corrosion or not being fully connected together.

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Old 08-31-2012, 01:14 PM   #6
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Do the tail lights have brush guards on them.

Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
Now in a 04 TJ 4cyl 5spd CV @120K+
Both as a commuter vehicle in NW, NJ
April 2012.downsized and now a 99er.
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