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96 Jeep Cherokee headlights go on and off after being on a while.

I have a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Automatic, 2 wheel drive.After the headlights have been on for about 10 minutes, they go on and off. I have replaced the headlight switch. Still have the same problem. I don't have the owners manual. I have looked at a Haynes manual chassis exterior electrical system diaghram. It shows a fuse then a circiut breaker(also calling the breaker the headlamp switch). I looked in the control center under the hood. The lid to the control panel dosen't list a circiut breaker on it. I didn't locate one on the under dash fuse block either. I also cannot figure out which fuse mightbe for the headlights.Also could an inline fuse link be the problem? If so, can you help me in locating where it could be. Any help wolud be greatly appreciated. Thanks- Ray

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  • rcampbell276 Dec 17, 2008

    Thanks gregaac.! I can't can't locate the relay. Do you have an idea where this relay is? The power distribution center under the hood's lid doen't give me a clue which one it is.If this is where it it is.

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    Locating the 2 headlight bezel mounting screw locations. I see the lower one but the bezel seems to be anchored at the bottom where there are no screws.



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It sounds like the relay switch is weak or going bad. It gets power and then stays closed giving 12V to the lights. Try replacing the relay.

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  • Greg Dec 17, 2008

    Hello, I've had three grand cherokee's and i had the same problem on one, unforunately I don't remember where the relay is, but the easy way to determine it is to open the hood with the car off, have someone turn the lights on and off and you can listed under the hood for the relay clicking. Or on some of those cars it's under the driver side dash board, same procedure, turn the lights on and off and listen for the clicking.

    Once you've found the relay switch just unplug and order a new one from the dealer, probably under $30.00. These sometimes go bad or stick causing the lights to turn off prematurely.

    Another thing I was thinking is you should also check all of your ground connections to the lights. Once you've identified where the relay is, trace back the ground making sure you have a good connection. It could also be when you are driving and hit a bump the ground is coming loose.

    It's tricky to diagnose, but you have to eliminate all the possibilties. This is the exact the steps a mechanic would take.



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