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Unread 03-21-2005, 06:09 PM   #1
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Tail Light Issues......

Hello everyone I am a total Jeep newbie....but I just bought a 1998 5.9 Limited with 66,000 miles and I absolutely love it......Here is my issue...

The other day I am driving to work and the Vehicle Information Center Display says "Rear Lamp Failure"....Like I said this is my first vehicle with all these cool bells and whistles....so I change the rear bulbs for my taillights....pretty easy...I check everything out....all lights appear to be working....but the Display still reads "Rear Lamp Failure". I check the owners manual, and it says that once the bulbs are replaced the system should automatically reset on the next startup.....this is obviously not happening....

Anyone have any experience with this.....?? Is there some sort of reset that I don't know about??? Any help is greatly appreciated...this is just a tad bit annoying....

Thanks in advance...

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Unread 03-21-2005, 06:29 PM   #2
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I am guessing you have the wrong bulb some where, make sure that all bulbs including the third barke light have the right bulb as stated in the manual I never had.
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Unread 03-21-2005, 06:32 PM   #3
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If all checks out fine, then disconnect the battery.
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Unread 03-21-2005, 06:32 PM   #4
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I had that problem and it turned out that 1 bulb in the third brake light was out. Have someone press the brakes for you to see if one is out

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Unread 03-21-2005, 10:14 PM   #5
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Yep, mine was the same way. I drove my ZJ for a year and a half looking at that "Rear Lamp Failure" when I knew darned good and well all my lights were working. Then one day I find this site called Jeepforum.com, find the info, check my bulbs and find that one of my brake lights was wrong. Annoyance solved for $1.50 and 5 minutes work!
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Unread 03-22-2005, 04:46 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the suggestions.....I'll go back through and check it out.....Thanks again...
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Unread 03-22-2005, 02:33 PM   #7
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Quick suggestion :
My 5.9 did the same thing, all lights were working.....open the liftgate and *****slap the 3rd brake light. It's been 4 months and it hasn't happened again. Seriously.
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Unread 03-22-2005, 02:43 PM   #8
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Did you check the lights around the licenses plate on the back of the car this same thing happened to me. I replaced the small light and now every thing fine.
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