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Unread 10-01-2008, 06:03 PM   #1
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left rear tail light problems. PLEASE READ FOR THE DESCRIPTION. may be a simple fix

ok well i suck with electrical. when i press on the brake pedal without any of my headlights of park lights on both tail lights light up like they are supposed to. when i have the lights on (park or lows ) and i press on the brake pedal only my right light still lights up brighter and then my left one just goes out completly.

i replaced both bulbs and the left one still does it.

thanks

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Unread 10-01-2008, 06:06 PM   #2
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ok well i suck with electrical. when i press on the brake pedal without any of my headlights of park lights on both tail lights light up like they are supposed to. when i have the lights on (park or lows ) and i press on the brake pedal only my right light still lights up brighter and then my left one just goes out completly.

i replaced both bulbs and the left one still does it.

thanks
the WJs have known issues with both the light and the little socket that comes out that holds the bulb. YOu can pick the bulb holder up real cheap at a dealer and try it first. If that does not work it moght be the housing. THey have a circuit board inthem that can fail.
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Unread 10-01-2008, 06:06 PM   #3
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Try this link. it has some ideas.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/01-gc-brake-lights-when-lights-603905/
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Unread 10-01-2008, 11:09 PM   #4
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I had this exact same problem. Instead of buying a new taillight, as i ruled the blub and socket thingy out, I peeled off the housing on the back that has the circuit board. The plastic that held the bulb socket melted so it was not making full contact with the metal prongs. Now being able to see from the bottom, I put the socket into the housing and bent all the contacts so they were firmly touching. Once everything was working, I used some glue and automotive silicon to seal it back up and placed it back on the Jeep. Works like a charm.
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