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Unread 10-19-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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2006 liberty Tail Lights melting; Midas sketchy

So my wife has a Jeep Liberty 2006.

The other weekend we got pulled over. Both of her tail lights were out.
She got them swapped out at midas (she likes it there apparently) and the other day we noticed they were out again.

So she took it back and was wondering what was going on. Now they've told her that the bulp and socket/plastic is melted. They think the whole assembly needs to be replaced and want 400 bucks for it.

I'm wondering if this guys just popped in the wrong Wattage bulb and screwed everything up.

I'm wondering why they didn't notice the "Melted' problem when she first went in.

Apparently this is the issue via midas:

""loose plastic inside tail light lenses is contacting bulbs causing them to burn out. Tried to remove plastic from right rear lens and could not without destroying the assembly. Replacement of both lenses is necessary for bulbs to last.:"

Is that an easy fix

Anyways any ideas would be great.
Haven't posted here in ages! sold my wrangler recently to take the train

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Unread 10-19-2010, 11:28 AM   #2
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Yeah the wrong wattage bulbs could have been the cause but the 3-5 watt difference it would take a long time to cause any problems.


I would be keeping my foot of the brake pedal at long stop lights and drive throughs,put the vehicle in park and let off the brakes.Standing still with your foot on the pedal for long periods of time is the biggest culprit in melting housings,and yes replacing the whole housings is the only way to fix.


I never sit for any length of time(over 30 seconds) with my foot on the brake pedal and I still have the factory bulbs in my brake lights,that's 9 years.Saves on your brakes and trans fluid also.
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Unread 10-19-2010, 11:58 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice! I think the wife is just gonna pay them to do it. She makes the dough so I don't blame her. I'll tell her about that though. Interesting stuff
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Unread 10-19-2010, 01:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice! I think the wife is just gonna pay them to do it. She makes the dough so I don't blame her. I'll tell her about that though. Interesting stuff
This is most likely your problem,a design flaw from Chrysler:


Vehicle: Jeep Liberty (KJ) 2002-2005 (approx)

Concern: Right (or left) side tail/brake bulb keeps burning out. Customer has had bulb replaced numerous times.

Cause: A loose reflector piece inside the tailight lens is touching the bulb. Shake the tailight to check for rattle noise.

Resolution: Replace both tailight assemblies with revised parts to correct.

Details: Design flaw
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Unread 10-19-2010, 01:49 PM   #5
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hmm does that mean they'd cover it probably not but doesn't hurt to ask. Where did you get that from?
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Unread 10-19-2010, 02:04 PM   #6
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hmm does that mean they'd cover it probably not but doesn't hurt to ask. Where did you get that from?
No warranty on this unless your under warranty.I found this info on the net.
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Unread 10-19-2010, 11:06 PM   #7
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Wouldn't hurt to try and get the dealer to pay for it. If it has happened before and you bring it to them, maybe see where richd got this info, and your not lightyears out of your warranty I would give it a shot.
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Unread 02-17-2012, 01:07 PM   #8
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This is absolutely true. I had the same issue with my 2006 liberty. After reading this thread, I removed my tail light assembly and the lens in the assembly was rattling around in it. You could even see where the light bulb had melted part of it. After looking online for a replacement and discovering that you would pay over $100 for one, I decided to fix it myself. I took a pair of tin snip shears and put the tip in the small hole for the socket and bulb and cut the lens into small enough pieces to pull it out. After doing this, I put it back on and it works perfectly. Thanks for the info on the problem. It saved me $100.
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Unread 02-17-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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100 bucks for one tail light
I have a pair here for sale 80 bucks
some people don't shop around do they
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Unread 02-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #10
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Ha ha, no - Tom your just faster on the draw in most for sale forums.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 07:15 AM   #11
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Same problem here. Loose plastic/reflector piece inside was melting as it was contacting bulb. I put a couple drops of superglue (I think super) inside and glued the piece to the back wall or wherever sat better. Cant remember exactly, but haven't had a problem since.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #12
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I did the super glue as well, then just left them flat for a wile. It does make the lens foggy, but the bulbs have been in there for 6months now with out issue.
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