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Headlights work but parking lights dont..

Ok my daughter came to me said headlights dont work, so I replaced the switch, they worked for a week or so, she then came back to me said they are flashing on and off when light switch is on, so I replaced switch again but this time if headlights are on parking lights are off if I pull knob just past the parking light setting they work if I pull knob right before you turn on headlights and wiggle switch I can get both to work. Here's the catch I have replaced switch 3 times since the very first time and get pretty much similar results wiggle here wiggle there and all lights work. I can turn headlights on and can make connection with paper clip and everything works. The wiring connector has all wires seperate so there isnt no faulty or wires connecting to each other plus I have gone thru all wiring from switch to headlights and parking lights completely. So my question is is it really possible to get 3 bad switchs in a row, or is there something I am missing. All connections are in switch as I mentioned above wiring into connector under dash are all seperate.

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  • jd415 Feb 18, 2009

    Ok found the problem, it was a loose terminal in the fuse block, what was happening was as I applied presure to fuse with test light it would make connection with terminal but I just happened to check for power again there I didnt get power (fuse good) but pushed in and then got power took apart fuse block fixed loose terminal proplem solved....

  • Jerry Koski
    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    how about where the switch plugins to the connector is there one of those connections loose or the prong bent a little the wrong way ??this would make it work when you wiggle the switch . just a thought thanks Jerry



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If u have change and check the bulbs and fuses. great. fuses do go lose in a cherokee . move each fuse by hand while the lights are on or the switch is in the on position. if you find the problem this way. just take the fuse out and slightly twist the prong of the fuse and replace it back and ditto. make your daughter say " u d grate dad"

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