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One of my backlights doesn't work.. the passenger side brakelight. It works for the turn signal, and the brake, but when I turn the lights on, it doesn't turn on. The drivers side does. I'm thinking its a grounding problem, but I have no idea how to fix it.... any help?
 

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may be the bulb, they are a dual filament if i am not mistaken, the brake lights and turn signal are one filament and the other one is for continuous lights. but also check your receptical see if it is corroded.
 

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Okay... you guys were right.. it was the bulb..... BUT... in my haste to remove it, i succeeded in ruining the base of the fixture... it was so corroded it all fell off... i guess i need to buy a new whole light... Yes, I'm an idiot. Hopefully can find one in town, but dont wanna go to the stealership...
 

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I would think that you could replace any part of that light fixture, at any auto parts store. It would be a good place to start. If they don't have it, I am sure they can order it.
 

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I have tried to fix the back light on mine for months. I put a new bulb in and it still only works half the time. They tell me the wires are ok, but SOMETHING is wrong!
 

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Many times corrosion is responsible. Take the bulb out of the socket, clean the contact points with a screw driver, blade, sandpaper, spray liberally with WD-40. If the socket feels loose, give it a little squeeze to fit tighter to the bulb. Just make sure that the inside of the receptacle is nice and clean, same with the contact points at the bottom. Anyone living in the snow belt, or near any ocean, is very vulnerable to this problem.
 

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The previous owner of my jeep lived 10 min from th ocean. I looked at my other light and the insides of that one are corroded as well. Now I'm getting worried... what other places should i check for corrosion? I had the frame checked when I bought it in Janurary, so thats okay.
 

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yeah... my parking brake line needs to be replaced... grrrrrrrrrrr.... and the taillight assembly is a "dealer-only" item.... 1 taillight cost $75.00!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:
 

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I'd order online... but I now have a ticket from our friendly local law enforcement saying 48 hours to fix or it's a fine... Thank you Mr. Officer
 

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go to the local auto parts store and tell them you tailights for a 1983 chevy stepside pick up they should be the same
 

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Go to WalMart and get some trailer lights. They have some that look very similar to jeep tail lights. At least, temporarily.
 

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the problem with trailer lights is either no backup light or no marker light. Inspection is due next week..... grrrrrrrrrrr..

i replaced the assembly, but now i still have the same problem.. it doesnt light up with the headlights...
 
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