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Unread 06-14-2015, 05:30 PM   #1
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I am at a total loss!

Hello all. I have a 2000 TJ that is pushing me to my whits end! I have no tail or brake lights. I do however have turn signals, hazards, and reverse lights. I have changed ALL fuses, headlight switch, brake switch, multi-function switch and still nothing! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Unread 06-14-2015, 10:08 PM   #2
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Have you checked and cleaned the 3 mounting bolts that hold your tail light assembles to the tub and the sockets that the tail light bulbs are installed in?

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Unread 06-14-2015, 10:35 PM   #3
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When you replaced the multifunction switch and such in the column, did you notice the condition of the male and female sides of the plugs? We're there my burnt terminals?

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Unread 06-14-2015, 11:22 PM   #4
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The reverse lights, tail lights, and brake/turn lights all share the same ground, so theoretically the ground should be good as at least two of those are working... definitely couldn't hurt to check the assemblies and contacts therein to ensure you don't have corrosion though.

In the driver's footwell, outer kick panel, you'll find a large gang connector with numerous different coloured connectors plugged into it. Unplug the black one -- with the parking lights on should see 12v at pin 1 and when you apply the brakes you should see 12v at pin 7.
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Unread 06-15-2015, 12:08 AM   #5
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Hello all. I have a 2000 TJ that is pushing me to my whits end! I have no tail or brake lights. I do however have turn signals, hazards, and reverse lights. I have changed ALL fuses, headlight switch, brake switch, multi-function switch and still nothing! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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When you replaced the multifunction switch and such in the column, did you notice the condition of the male and female sides of the plugs? We're there my burnt terminals?

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The OP's multifunction switch is quite a bit different than your 2003 TJ switch...
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Unread 06-15-2015, 01:57 PM   #6
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Have you checked and cleaned the 3 mounting bolts that hold your tail light assembles to the tub and the sockets that the tail light bulbs are installed in?

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I have tried that as well. Thanks though.
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Unread 06-15-2015, 01:58 PM   #7
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The reverse lights, tail lights, and brake/turn lights all share the same ground, so theoretically the ground should be good as at least two of those are working... definitely couldn't hurt to check the assemblies and contacts therein to ensure you don't have corrosion though.

In the driver's footwell, outer kick panel, you'll find a large gang connector with numerous different coloured connectors plugged into it. Unplug the black one -- with the parking lights on should see 12v at pin 1 and when you apply the brakes you should see 12v at pin 7.
I will try this tonight thanks for your help. If the problem is here does that mean that assembly needs to be replaced?
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Unread 06-15-2015, 11:59 PM   #8
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Depending on whether 12v is present or not at those locations will determine where you'll need to look further. Whenever you disconnect plugs/connectors such as these, always inspect them for loose or damaged pins/contacts, signs of arcing or shorts, and corrosion -- also take a look at the wires where they go into the connector and ensure that none are discoloured, burnt, or chafed. Sometimes electrical problems can be resolved simply by disconnecting and solidly reconnecting the applicable plugs in the system.
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Unread 06-16-2015, 05:31 PM   #9
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All the wiring is inside the rear wheel wells. If someone ripped out the plastic liners the wiring/connectors might be damaged.
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Unread 06-16-2015, 08:18 PM   #10
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Start at the kick panel. If you are getting power there then check for power (with multimeter) at the housing. You may have a broken wire in between.
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