I have only owned my Jeep for a month now and a week ago the right tail light went out. I tried replacing the bulb but that was not it. All the other lights work completley fine and I checked the circuits. Is there something else I can do myself?
I have had the same issue recently. I have a 2002 Gr Cherokee Ltd 4.7L. At first I thought it was the bulb, replaced the bulb to no avail. Then I thought maybe the bulb was rattled loose due to my subwoofer, but that still was not the case. After testing all my fuses I decided to test all of my lights. The hazards worked, back up lights came on, tail and brake lights were all working also but for some reason the blinkers will go out and the right rear brake light will not come on. It always comes back on for me though, so now I just use hand signals when it is temporarily not working. My only suggestion is a problem in the wiring.
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These are not related issues. The problem is a really common one. Most likely the circuit board is bad. I sell about 4 a week for these trucks. You can pick them up for around $20 at your local parts store.
REPLACING THE BULB IS EASY. OPEN THE LIFT GATE, LOOK TO THE SIDE THAT YOU ARE REPLACING. RIGHT BESIDE THE TAIL LIGHT THE ARE TWO SCREWS. REMOVE THEM AND TAIL LIGHT SHOULD JUST PULL OUT. MAKE SURE TO UNPLUG IT AFTER IT IS LOOSE TO MAKE IT EASIER TO REPLACE THE BULB.
I have a 2002 JGC as well and its the driver side one with mine. I changed the bulb this last time and used bulb lube to cover all the metal. It worked for a mile then went out again but didnt burn out this time. I checked the contacts on the base and noticed there was some rust, scraped off with blade and used more bulb lube on those contacts too, working for now.
are mechanically inclined at all often time when i see a prius come in with the same problem the wire is starting to slide out the back of the harness or bulb socket just push it back in some times it clicks sometimes it doesnt but still pushing it back in resolves either way at 9 times out of ten