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Unread 12-31-2007, 06:23 AM   #1
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4WD Indicator Lights on Dash

Hi,

I just purchased my first Jeep about a month back. I've only wanted one since I was 16 (which was decades ago!), and I finally managed to find/afford a stock version (with round headlights) in need of some TLC. It is a 1999 SE with the 2.5 4 cylinder and 5 speed trans. Aside from a new top, I've got everything working again and it is ready to be registered. For now it is stock and after I drive it a while, I'll decide if the 4 cylinder is adequate.

Anyway, I can't seem to get the 4WD dash lights working. I tested the lights and checked all the fuses but still nothing when in 4 high or low. The transfer case appears to be working fine.

Does anyone know if the 4WD indicator lights were an option that might not be included on the SE models for 1999? Overall, I really don't "need" the lights, but if they are supposed to work then it will bother me that they don't. :-)

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Unread 12-31-2007, 06:39 AM   #2
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Not sure if this is connected however my 97 TJ (RHD) has two 4wd lights on the dash, however only one illuminates regardless of whether in 4-hi or 4-lo.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 06:42 AM   #3
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Your light should work.

The problem with your light is most likely the switch. Its located on the driver side of the transfer case.

The part costs about $20 from the dealer.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 06:50 AM   #4
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The TJ shares it's dash with the Cherokee. The only light that does anything in the TJ is the "Part Time" light.. the others ("Full Time" & "4 Lo") are there for other models. As mentioned, if your part time light doesn't come on, it's probably the T case switch.. I had to replace mine as well.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 07:09 AM   #5
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X3 - Most likely it's the switch.

My 97 had a bad switch when I bought it. Simple fix.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 07:11 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info! I'll look into the switch.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 08:56 AM   #7
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Not sure if this is connected however my 97 TJ (RHD) has two 4wd lights on the dash, however only one illuminates regardless of whether in 4-hi or 4-lo.
Thats funny mine does the same thing same light for both 4-hi and lo.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 09:05 AM   #8
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Any photos of where the switch is located. I have the same problem. I don't need it but it would be nice to have for when my wife is driving it, just so she can be sure.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 09:11 AM   #9
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Thats funny mine does the same thing same light for both 4-hi and lo.
That other unused light is used for a Full-Time 4x4 mode which is not available on a Wrangler. That extra light is only used on the Cherokee which has an optional extra-cost transfer case that also has a street-friendly Full-Time 4x4 mode in addition to the offroad-only Part-Time 4x4 mode the Wrangler has. The Wrangler and Cherokee share the same instrument panel which is why that extra light is there, for Cherokee only use.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 09:25 AM   #11
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Unread 12-31-2007, 12:44 PM   #12
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I replaced the switch on the transfer case and all is well. Thanks for the information.

The switch and o-ring ran about $40 at the dealer. They certainly have a knack for high prices, but the 4WD light now works on the dash. I'll be sure to enjoy it....

Before I removed the switch, I took off the connector and shorted out the two wires using clips. The dash light should come on when the ignition is turned on. This might save you $40 plus the work of getting the switch out if the issue is something else such as a burned light, broken wire or fuse.

Thanks - Ken
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Unread 12-31-2007, 02:46 PM   #13
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Glad to hear it worked out for you, Ken!

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