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post #1 of 8 Old 04-19-2010, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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'88 YJ hazard lights won't turn off!

Hey there....well, my son and I have been working on his '88 YJ. It's basically a project Jeep that we picked up from a friend. We got her running pretty good with a new MC 2100 carb...blah blah blah.... We then started on the light/s. I replaced his taillights because they were pretty much broken and didn't work. So, I replaced the lights with stock YJ taillights. All of the lights work (headlights, turn signals/front & rear, brake lights, reverse lights and hazards), all except the running lights/front and back. So, I checked to see if the hazard lights were still working and when I did that, the hazards turned on, but now they won't turn off! I think that maybe the switch inside the steering colum may be broken or something. Do I have to take the steering wheel/colum apart to check that out? The hazard light switch does feel "sloppy" now and I can't get the hazards to shut off unless I take out the hazard "flasher/fuse". But when I do that (take out the hazard flasher) then the turn signals don't work. What the heck? So...my question is; do I have to take the steering colum apart to check that switch? Can I get the turn signals to work without the hazard flasher in place? thanks...

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-31-2012, 12:49 PM
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I've got the same problem in my 94 yj. The hazard flasher seems to be good. I've been driving with the hazard fuse out so its not 24/7 hazards, but that makes the blinkers not work so great and when I hit the brakes all the hazard lights go on. Im about to take apart the column bc I can't think of any other way.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-04-2012, 01:09 AM
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I have the same problem on my '91. The hazard switch was the first thing I broke after I first bought it. I've been running around without turn signals too, as I had to pull the flasher from the fuse console. Does anyone know where to get a replacement hazard switch?

I'm sure you have to tear into the column to fix it, and I found this how-to link:


It looks like he's working on a CJ, but I'm guessing ours is similar.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-04-2012, 10:06 AM
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I didn't know I had hazard lights!!
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-05-2012, 03:25 PM
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On my '95, the Hazard is part of the turn signals. It is a 4 pole double throw switch (4P2T). It would be a major job to rewire it. I would suggest a salvage yard replacement. As the entire column is GM from some vintage that might be a viable alternative. Do a Jeep forum search for steering column, turn signal, etc and you will find some great info.


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post #6 of 8 Old 11-05-2012, 06:12 PM
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I would start by getting some contact cleaner and some wd 40 and spraying the switch down. Are you pulling it back out to release it?
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-13-2013, 06:00 PM
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here one for you guys put new steering column in new harness now motor turn over if I turn on hazards have headlights turn signal incator lights no blinkers and no running lights
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-14-2013, 08:47 AM
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Rvking post up to a new thread. You will get help.
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