06-20-2014, 09:36 PM
Yipeee Kay Ayyy
WF Supporting Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: In a galaxy far, far away
If the light still doesn't work after cleaning the contacts, the wires to the contacts on the tub may have fallen off.
To check the wires, pull down the rear most part of the plastic wheel well liner (there is a plastic retainer that will need to pulled out first).
Reach up and feel for the other side of the contacts - one (or both) wires may have fallen off.
Reconnect wires - it doesn't matter which wire connects to which unless you have replaced the bulb with an LED.
Wires will need to be reconnected with some authority otherwise they will off again.
I feel a definite click when the wires are connected correctly.
Finally, the contacts on the tailgate push in and out slightly.
On my TJ they had pushed in too far and weren't making contact when the tailgate was closed.
I gently pulled the contacts out as far as they would go and wrapped a rubber band around the 'stem' of the contacts so they could not get pushed in too far when the tailgate was closed.
This has ensured a solid connection when the tailgate is closed.
97 TJ Sport 4.0L Auto RHD