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post #1 of 4 Old 11-30-2005, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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headlight failure

I have a 1996 Cherokee Sport. I have me a little problem with the headlights. They seem to want to randomly short out while I'm driving. It's not the switch. That's been replaced. The dealer has failed to find the problem. Hhhmmmm.

Help me. please?

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-01-2005, 12:32 AM
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I would take the headlights out and check/clean the plugs. If they look good, follow the harness and look for any bare wires or spots where it rubs against the body. From there, find the grounds and make sure they are tight and clean.

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-01-2005, 12:56 AM
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Just had the problem on my 87.. Mine was the quick connect from the wire harness just behind the left Headlight...... Corroded all to He!!...... Perfect excuse for the ole' Headlight Wire Harness Upgrade... Now have my 3 feeds (Low, High, Fog) to three 30 amp relays and all shiny new 10 guage wire to my Silverstars.... WOW!! I can see tomorrow from here!!!
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I had the same problem with the flickering on and off on my XJ, It was a loose connection on the 40 amp Maxi-Fuse in the fuse/relay panel under the hood.
I took out ALL fuses and relays and cleaned the contacts, and applied dielectric grease to all connections.

I did clean that connection to the headlights under the airbox when I removed the front end to do my homebrew fix for the sagging driver door. That connection does get dirty.

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