Turn Signal Failure/Possible Electrical Problem
Jumped in the WK2 to take off on an afternoon trip the other day, turned left out of my driveway, hit my turn signal and a warning message came on that read: Left rear turn signal lamp out! I pushed the signal stick (I know, but what else should it be called?) down and the turn signal blinked faster than normal, confirming that the rear lamp was out. So, off to AutoZone. $7.95 later, and I have two new Sylvania Bulbs that fit my tail lamps.
After two borrowed screwdrivers, a Swiss Army Knife, and a lot of swearing I finally have my tail lamp out of the jeep and suspect bulb out of the housing. Why Jeep chose to use push-rivets on tail lamps is beyond me and a total PITA when it comes to removal. Two Philips head screws would have been a tremendous improvement.
I put my hazards on and was able to figure out that the lower of the two bulbs in the taillight was out. After closer examination, the bulb did not appear to be visibly damaged. I chalked it up to my not having microscopes for eyes and replaced it with a new bulb. I tried the hazards, the bulb comes on. I reinstalled the tail light, jumped in the car and go to turn left out of autozone and get the same message: Left rear taillight signal lamp out! I push down on the signal stick with the same result: no rear turn signal.
Has anyone else had this experience? Do I have electrical demons or am I missing something? In both cases the lamp seemed to work properly immediately after I started it up but then fried the bulb. Is this most likely a short?
'12 V6 WK2 Laredo X