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Unread 12-29-2002, 09:04 PM   #1
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Left Rear Taillight & Overhead console light for next & menu went out

Hello everyone.

Has anyone had to replace a taillight (not the lense, just the light) on their 2000? Mine went out sometime this week, found out tonight. The running lights/signals work.

My computer didn't state this (should it? I have seen other posts indicating that they will notify for backup lights, etc)....

I have changed bulbs on my 91 Cherokee and it was a breeze. I am hoping that this will be as easy. Any pointers or tips for this (should be simple) task from those who have done it before (99-current)?

Also I noticed that my overhead computer (compass, temp, all the goodies) had a bulb burnt out for the -next- and -menu- buttons (the -E/M- and -reset- work fine). I am tempted to take it to the dealer to fix this? Has anyone done this before. Any recommendations? I have the basic tools only.

Also.. last but not least.. is there a Chilton's or comperable repair book for the 2000 yet?

TIA,

Dan

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Unread 12-30-2002, 12:10 AM   #2
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If you are still under 3/36 bulbs are covered. You open the rear hatch and take the two phillips screws out. Pull the light straight back to pop it out of a clip. The sockets twist out. One of the common problems on 99-up is black oxidation marks where the sockets make contact. Clean them with a rubber eraser. No I don't think the 99-up tell you when a bulb is out.
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Unread 12-30-2002, 10:32 PM   #3
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Thanks

The bulb filiment for brakes was burnt out (though the running light was still ok). I replaced it easily.

I checked the wjjeeps.com site and they gave a headup on how to access the overhead command center. Unfortunatly when I tried to use my philips to unscrew the front of it, it appears someone else may have tried it before (I bought the vehicle used) and it appears stripped. Grrrr Once it annoys me enough I'll take it to the dealer I suppose. Rather have them drill out the screw and risk cracking the casing than me ;-)


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Unread 12-31-2002, 01:18 AM   #4
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It might actually be a T20 or T25 torx (star) bit.
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