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post #1 of 13 Old 05-07-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Reverse Lights and Headlights

Hello, I just bought my jeep a little over a week ago. I have been trying to fix the little stuff so it's good to drive on the street with no issues. I am not sure where to start on these two things.

The first issue is the reverse lights. From what I've read I should check the grounds (the reverse lights just don't come on) Where is the reverse switch? I think I have a SR4 transmission. From pictures on line I am guessing its on the driver side, but where is the ground for it? Everything under there is quite dirty so I wouldn't be surprised if its a ground.

The second is the right turn signal. The signal doesn't work but the hazards do, front and back lights. This makes me think that it isn't a ground. I tried to look through the wiring diagram in my Hanes manual, but it wasn't that clear to me.

I just got it registered and a plate. Now i am looking forward to getting the top off and driving it.

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-07-2013, 04:06 PM
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Sounds like a bad switch what jeep is it? Year?
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-07-2013, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, my bad. 81 cj-7
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I'd say switch jump power to the pins for signal. Or flasher if switch checks out
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-07-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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I'd say switch jump power to the pins for signal. Or flasher if switch checks out
So, the switch on the column. Put power straight to that and if it works I need to replace the switch that connects to the turn signal cam. I will try that first. Thanks.
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-07-2013, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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I'd say switch jump power to the pins for signal. Or flasher if switch checks out
I'm guessing you we're, or are, a 19d? Way off topic I know....
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-07-2013, 04:57 PM
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Yes sir 5 years
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Nice, just signed away another handful of years to the man myself.
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Thank you for your service !
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Thank you, and right back at ya.
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post #11 of 13 Old 05-07-2013, 06:12 PM
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The grounds on these are notoriously bad. I'm sure if you haven't already done so, it would be a great idea to look into a dedicated ground system. It is really easy to do, and you will see improvement in your headlights, wipers, etc etc. Newer vehicles new this was a good idea, because the ground method used by these older cj's was pretty much meant to do things in the most cost effective, inexpensive manner.

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Did you get her fixed.
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-14-2013, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Not yet. I went on tdy before I could go through the whole thing. The grounds up front seemed to be ok. I also noticed that a fuse went bad. When I get back I will have time to check the switch.

I couldn't find the grounds for the reverse lights. The diagram I had didn't seem to help.
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