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Unread 07-12-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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electrical problem WTF???

So I parked the Jeep for the night. I just looked out side the window and the taillights were illuminated! the ignition is off, the headlights are off the volt meter is at zero. nothing is on except the tail lamps.
this is the 1st time this has ever happened.
I disconnected the battery so the Jeep wont catch fire tonight.

Where do I even start to track down the problem. Electrical is my weak point for sure.

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Unread 07-12-2014, 10:03 PM   #2
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thinking out loud.....

I think the backup lights and/or the brake lights are on an always-hot circuit (not controlled by the ignition switch.)

Could the brake light switch be bad?
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Unread 07-12-2014, 10:29 PM   #3
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thinking out loud.....

I think the backup lights and/or the brake lights are on an always-hot circuit (not controlled by the ignition switch.)

Could the brake light switch be bad?
Could be its 34 years old.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:28 PM   #4
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Someone install a stereo incorrectly?
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:51 PM   #5
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thinking out loud..... I think the backup lights and/or the brake lights are on an always-hot circuit (not controlled by the ignition switch.) Could the brake light switch be bad?
Or just need to be adjusted.

And it's the brake lights.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 05:41 PM   #6
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No stereo. It has never done this before, so the adjustment shouldn't have been an issue. I swapped out the switch and so its ok. BUT it was fine previously too....time will tell I guess.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 06:01 PM   #7
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No stereo. It has never done this before, so the adjustment shouldn't have been an issue. I swapped out the switch and so its ok. BUT it was fine previously too....time will tell I guess.
:-) everything is usually fine till it breaks or wears out
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Unread 07-16-2014, 06:55 PM   #8
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Could it be a reflection or light shining in the tail lights? These things can be a real pain to track down. I'd start with an OEM wiring diagram and chase it out. Otherwise I'd start at the light switch
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