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Unread 03-12-2015, 05:02 PM   #1
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Left Marker Light Missing

So my problem is pretty simple.... I hope.
Just picked this Jeep up today as a DD so I can run my other one into the ground as my trail rig. So this is a 1996 XJ sport. I knew the left marker was missing but i didnt think it was torn off at the cables...
I have the most minimal experience possible when it comes to electrical work and im clueless as to how i can fix this. Do i need to replace the entirety of the cables or what? Any and all help is appreciated!
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Unread 03-12-2015, 05:25 PM   #2
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Left Marker Light Missing

So my fiancÚ gave me her old 96 XJ when she had bought a newer Jeep.
She knows I love XJs and now this is my second one. (And not the last hopefully). So she had told me that the orange marker lens on the passenger side was missing. I thought, no big deal. Easy fix, right? Well... I get it and find out its been torn clean off about halfway down the two cables that run into the bulb. And now im clueless... I have almost no experience with wiring and electrical work but im willing to learn a little through fixing this problem. I really don't know where to start other than acquiring a new marker lens and bulb. Any and all help is appreciated.
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Unread 03-12-2015, 05:35 PM   #3
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I would just get a new lens and call it good. Mine don't work anyway because the wiring harness is corroded
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Unread 03-13-2015, 12:50 PM   #4
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That's a pretty easy fix. You can get replacement bulb receptacles inexpensively at most auto parts stores. The receptacle then simply twist plugs into the back of the lense housing.

I prefer white side marker lenses on white XJs because they're noticeably less glaring on my eyes than the amber. I think you can get a pair of white lenses with amber bulbs for DOT compliance on ebay for around $30. You can also get the entire headlight assembly bezel there relatively inexpensively if yours is broken.
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Unread 03-13-2015, 02:31 PM   #5
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No. You can splice into what's left of the cables as long as they still work. Remove any damage from the ends first.
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Unread 03-15-2015, 09:29 AM   #6
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You should really use electrical butt end splice - preferably the waterproof kind you can get at auto stores. They crimp on the old wire and new wires. You must use a wire crimper tool. Same thing happened on my 97 XJ when I had to replace a marker light. The wire crimper tool is available on a Leatherman multi-tool PST super tool or WAVE. It is located at the base of the plires right under the wire cutter area. So if you have a multitool you are all set to do this repair and keep light from shorting out in the future. You can buy the solderless butt end splices which are easier to work with. It's less than a 10 min job if you have the lens cover. Lens covers can be found on Ebay for a song.
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