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Unread 11-27-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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97 xj park lights will not turn off

Well, new to the forum and I searched and tried about everything. Just installed new radiator and heater core, all was well, now park lights will not turn off, even with key off. Checked ground from hl switch, checked fuse blocks by air cleaner and under dash, all clean. I have NO rust. Removed switch..still on, have to pull neg battery post to turn off park lights, also pulled fuse #6 in pass side floor panel. Still have park lights. Any ideas?

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Unread 11-28-2013, 08:55 AM   #2
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..... Removed switch..still on, have to pull neg battery post to turn off park lights, also pulled fuse #6 in pass side floor panel. Still have park lights.
Why pull fuse #6, instrument panel dimmer ? My 1997 fuse list shows a left (#7) parking lamp fuse, and a right (#23) parking lamp fuse.

This would make me suspect a short circuit in the wire harness, a faulty emergency flasher relay/clicker, a faulty turn signal relay/clicker, or a faulty multi-function switch module that operates the e-flasher/turn signals/high beams.



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Unread 11-28-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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You are correct, my mistake. I did pull each fuse one at a time in the hopes that wherever the power was coming from could be isolated. Pulled #7 and 23 and the park lights go out. I agree its probably a relay or flasher so now I intend to remove them one by one and see what happens. I never messed with any wiring in the rear of the vehicle so I do not think it is tied in with a trailer harness etc mentioned in other threads, and I do not have a harness installed.
I checked the headlight switch and the ground is good. I am trying to figure out if all the connections should have ground with exception of B3 and the tab between B1 and B2 POSSIBLY (P)?
All the functions of the headlight switch appear to work except that the park lamps have power at all times. So I believe it is not switch related but?
I will start checking the flasher relay etc. Thanks
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Unread 11-29-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Ok, here is the answer to the problem. What makes the park lights stay on...power distribution box fuse #16 15 amp fuse, pink wire.. it leads inside and into the dash area. I had some loose stereo wires in there and the pink wire was grounding on something.
I went through every relay and fuse till I found that the #16 was the power for my short. A three day odessy to the answer. Thanks for all the help. I appreciate it.
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