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1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, "rear lamp failure"

The on board diognostics screen located behind the shifter underneath the radio says "rear lamp failure;" however the breaklights, tail lights, and reverse lights all work fine. This is the case when the lights are turned on or off. This problem started shortly after I pulled a U-Haul trailer and had the trailer lights hooked up.

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  • Britt123 Aug 16, 2008

    Thank you very much for you prompt reply. The thing is, I have a factory trailer package on the Jeep and it came with an adapter that plugs into the "trailer harness." It's a no brainer to hook up a trailer and get the lights working. I thought maybe I should just try to replace that whole unit that the trailer adapter plugs into?

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    My 95 Jeep GCL has the same rear lamp failure message. All my lights, brake, tail, back up,4 way flashers, side marker, tag, third brake light (2 bulbs) are working. I checked at the dealer and verified correct bulb #'s and replaced with correct bulbs. Also replaced a bad socket on side marker. I get no message during the day when no additional lighting is required. But at dusk if lights are on Auto or you turn them on and activate the brake circuit the fault displays although all the lights are working. I am beginning to suspect the (LOM) lights out module as the culprit. All of my fuses under the hood and right side dash panel are good. I'm just tired of the message flashing in my face at night as it gets to be annoying. Cycling the ignition off and on will reset the message but it re occurs as soon as you turn the headlights on and activate the brake circuit. I also had a good quality trailer (Trail or Tow rite) plug in adapter which I removed and this did not help.

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    My 1994 Jeep Cherokee Laredo has also shown this rear lamp
    failure on VIC. I replaced the two bulbs(not three) on the rear tailgate. It stopped for a few days, but it has started again. Any


  • Dave Sunda
    Dave Sunda Jan 16, 2014

    I had the similar failure. I found that after I pressed the pedal even without the lights on the tail light warning started flashing. I found one of the three upper window brake lights out but after I changed it it did not repair the problem. Now all the lights were working with the same failure. I pulled both brake lamps and found one different number so replaced both lamps and still no fix. I realized the new lamp I replaced was slightly briighter then the other two upper brake lights. I replaced those two lights that we're working and it repaired the problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    rear lamp failure and flashing lights but lights still work



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Guys i had this problem it was the brake light in the window center bulb was bad drove me nuts changed all the bulbs in the third brake light and it went away

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My third brake light blows all the time and it's always the same bulb freakn rediculous

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Somehow the U-Haul center that hooked up the trailer lights messed up and connected the plug incorrectly. If you have the paperwork to the plug you had installed, look under the rear or behind the tail lights and double check the connections and wiring. U-Haul should have used the kit that installs between the harness for the rear lights so this kind of thing doesn't happen. If I were you, I would take your car back to them and tell them to get it right. You paid them to have it installed correctly and evidently it wasn't. I see this kind of thing occassionally at my shop and U-Haul is just a block away. The U-Haul personnel aren't really trained to installed trailer plugs, most of the guys that work there used to wire up stereo equipment somewhere which brings up the question, why aren't they still wiring up stereo equipment???

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  • Anonymous Aug 16, 2008

    I didn't know that you already had the correct stuff for it. Check your ground wiring, it's the white wires. If that seems good, yes do replace the plug itself. I've had to do that to my truck before. Make sure you have good grounds.


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