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post #1 of 4 Old 03-10-2009, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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how to change the dash light bulbs

my part time light went out and i need to know how to change that... im pretty sure its a bad bulb because it works every once in a while but most of the time it doesn't help is much appreciated thanx....

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-10-2009, 09:42 AM
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Remove the dash bezel frame thing (two screws on the "roof" of the dash window, one to the left of the steering column, one to the right.. Maybe on near the heater vent. Just check before you rip it out).

Unscrew the dash cluster (six screws).

Pull the dash cluster a bit forward and unplug the two data connections (one on the far-left, one in the middle).

Remove the dash cluster.

On the back you will find all of the bulbs. They are the twist-and-pop kind. Check to see if you have a "spare" with an unused bulbs in another light (the "shift" light had a bulb in my automatic. Strangest thing, heh)

While you have the cluster out you should take the time to clean the plastic on the front off. A nice shiny happy cluster is a loved cluster! Heh.

Good luck.

With your cluster out you might want to

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-10-2009, 09:53 AM
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It is much easier to test the bulb before you pull apart the dash.

This is a self test of the instrument cluster functions on 1998 and newer Jeep Cherokee's XJ

1) Push and hold the odometer reset button.

2) Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the Run position, but don't start it.

3) Release the odometer reset button.

The instrument will enter the self test mode. The gauges will start moving in a sequence and the indicator lights will turn on.

You can also disconnect the wire harness from the 4x4 lamp switch on the transfer case and test the 4x4 lamp with a paper clip. I think your transfer case 4x4 lamp switch has a dirty connection or is going bad.

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-10-2009, 09:57 AM
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I would first make sure it is not the switch on the transfer case that is going out. This was making my 4WD light behave in the same way you described.
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