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Unread 08-17-2008, 09:34 PM   #1
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1998 Help!!!!!!! interior lights and door locks

First off im a newbie here in need of some help (thats my introduction)
Ive got a 98 grand cherokee i bought this jeep brand new and i have about 133000 miles on it - my problem is the automatic door locks and interior lights just wont stop turning on and off while driving. its completely inconsistent. any help????this is making me crazy. (seems to happen at night more often) what the hell is going on???

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Unread 08-18-2008, 06:53 AM   #2
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Check the driver door where the latch is
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Unread 08-18-2008, 07:03 AM   #3
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I had the same problem happen to me before, but with me the switch on the rear passenger side door was bad, so being the lazy/cheap guy that iam, I had these little rubber bumpers that came with my bug deflector; I looked at the door and seen where the button has been making contact and stuck the rubber bumper there. Problem solved...saved me about 10 minutes work and about $13 for the switch. haha
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Unread 08-18-2008, 05:17 PM   #4
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I experienced nearly the same thing, except my panic alarm keeps going off in the middle of the night. Also, when i was driving to work this morning the interior lights would not go off so i pulled the fuse for now.
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Unread 08-18-2008, 08:14 PM   #5
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check the switch for the flipper glass. the one that turns the lights off when the glass is closed, if it's bad the road bumps could be making it loose contact...did with mine.or just replace it anyway, after all it is 10 years old
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Unread 08-18-2008, 08:42 PM   #6
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I had the same problem with my 98, turned out to just be a bad battery. Replaced the battery, and tightened the cables down all the way very tight, and it did the trick. To stay cheap, try to just undo both battery cables, and stretch the arms out wide, and clamp them back down as far as they can go, as the posts are tapered, and while holding the cable down tight, retighten the bolts. If that doesn't work...Well it may be time for a new battery too. But also try checking the door hatch light, take it off and check to be sure the plug is in tight, and there isn't any bad wires. If all the wiring is fine and tight, and all the door latch buttons are functional, and the battery cables are tight, like I said, you'll probably be needing a new battery.
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