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post #1 of 12 Old 08-13-2019, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Underhood Light Problem

I put a bulb in my underhood light socket and it works how do you turn it off (stays on with hood closed) 1995 yj

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-13-2019, 06:23 PM
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it should shut off automatically... as i believe there is something that acts as a 'gravity switch' of sorts.

try some non abrasive sensor cleaner in there and try prodding at the components a bit.

EDIT: wait, were you using it normally recently or was the bulb missing for a while and you finally just decided to add a bulb? if the latter, some corosion may have built up and i'd just mildly clean it and prod into it. Perhaps a new fixture is in order.

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i put a piece of copper inside the socket to make it work i bet it had a ball bearing that rolled back and forth
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yup thats it put a slingshot ball inside it and it worked thanks
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Yup. No problem.

Glad you sorted it. I should probably hook mine back up. What bulb part # did you find? And is it off the shelf at a local auto store?

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Yup. No problem.

Glad you sorted it. I should probably hook mine back up. What bulb part # did you find? And is it off the shelf at a local auto store?
I can tell you its not an 1157 or 2157 lol I to am curious as to what bulb fits it.

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Yup, that's it I put a slingshot ball inside it and it worked thanks
So it just rolls around in there? What happens when it's parked on an uphill grade? Does the light stay on? rough road does the light constantly go on and off? It seems like a bad design... I would think a plunger switch like what the doors use for courtesy lights would be a better idea. Neither of my Jeeps have a hood light, I carry a flashlight for that and many other reasons.

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Yup, that's it I put a slingshot ball inside it and it worked thanks
So it just rolls around in there? What happens when it's parked on an uphill grade? Does the light stay on? rough road does the light constantly go on and off? It seems like a bad design... I would think a plunger switch like what the doors use for courtesy lights would be a better idea. Neither of my Jeeps have a hood light, I carry a flashlight for that and many other reasons.
Agreed

Now you got the hamsters in my head running. Hmmm.

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Agreed

Now you got the hamsters in my head running. Hmmm.
I always thought they were a mecury switch kinda like a thermostat. I think I am gonna put some LED's under there in various places so a flashlight wont be needed and all areas will be lit in the dark. I also think I will just hook them up to an outdoor rated toggle switch mounted by the battery. Then they are only on when I need them and not draining the battery if I pop the hood during the day or if I want the hood open at night for some reason but dont need the light.

The stock light seems like it would be pretty useless even if it did work anyway

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They are gravity for sure but I dont remember exactly how they did it. How they are bent on the bracket affects their operation though. We used to bend them down in GM cars to shut the hood light off while we worked on them.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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My bulb burned out years ago and I did not replace it but, It seems to me that the under hood light was controlled by the dash light/ interior light dimmer switch.

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post #12 of 12 Old 08-17-2019, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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I got an old bulb off my neighbour. single filament and the bumps on the side are the same distance from the end of the bulb not offset like a dual filament bulb. You would have to be parked on a pretty good hill to roll the ball up to make contact. the switch is tilted down a fair amount. If the light goes on and off on a bumpy road it will give a cool lightning affect at night and im ok with it.
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