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post #1 of 7 Old 04-09-2020, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tail light issues:

I have a 2000 jeep wj limited 4.7 v8. My driver's side tail light works exactly as it should, has running light and brake light and turn signals. My passenger side does not have running lights, has brake light and turn signals. I have replaced the bulb and it was not the 2nd filament being burned out. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-09-2020, 10:09 PM
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The bulbs install into a replaceable circuit board; it probably needs replacement. You can buy the circuit board and install but has to be removed via heat gun and reglued. The entire assembly can be purchased (with or without bulbs) on eBay.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-10-2020, 12:23 AM
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I had this same issue but on the drivers side. There is a metal tab in the taillight housing that makes contact with the bulb socket tabs when the socket is installed. Mine was recessed into the plastic from heat caused by 20 years of someone sitting with their foot on the brake. The tab was recessed into the plastic just enough that it didnt make a complete connection. I was able to bend this tab up a little bit and scuff it up lightly with sandpaper and now my lights work perfectly. Cheap and easy....Its worth a look....

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Awesome thank yall very much! I'll give the circuit board a try!
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-11-2020, 02:18 PM
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I had this same issue but on the drivers side. There is a metal tab in the taillight housing that makes contact with the bulb socket tabs when the socket is installed. Mine was recessed into the plastic from heat caused by 20 years of someone sitting with their foot on the brake. The tab was recessed into the plastic just enough that it didnt make a complete connection. I was able to bend this tab up a little bit and scuff it up lightly with sandpaper and now my lights work perfectly. Cheap and easy....Its worth a look....
I second that. All you need is a small flathead screwdriver to lightly pry it up. For me, it was causing my turn signal to not work. Fixed my issue by bending the tab.

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I second that. All you need is a small flathead screwdriver to lightly pry it up. For me, it was causing my turn signal to not work. Fixed my issue by bending the tab.
I THIRD THAT... at least check the tabs to see if they SUNK down into MELTED plastic FIRST...(The bulb housings/sockets are also know to fail....this can easily be checked by taking known GOOD ones from same or other rear tail light doing process of elimination...have SHARPEE to mark sockets (and bulbs) so you don't mix them up...and TAKE note of how pointing plastic fin SITS BEFORE AND AFTER REMOVAL to micmic/match positioning of removal / install.)
SEE video here at 1:27 MARK...to view the THREE TABS in question....funny this guy doesn't even notice/comment on how the LEFT/ standalone tab IS INDEED SUNK DOWN INTO MELTED PLASTIC..he does mention bending them there or on light socket tabs though.

VIDEO (1:27 MARK) >>
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-21-2020, 05:59 PM
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I had this same issue but on the drivers side. There is a metal tab in the taillight housing that makes contact with the bulb socket tabs when the socket is installed. Mine was recessed into the plastic from heat caused by 20 years of someone sitting with their foot on the brake. The tab was recessed into the plastic just enough that it didnt make a complete connection. I was able to bend this tab up a little bit and scuff it up lightly with sandpaper and now my lights work perfectly. Cheap and easy....Its worth a look....
my first tail light issue was this. second was (is) faulty wiring in the factory harness. if i take the tail light out, stretching the wiring, then reinstall, my problem goes away for a while. only causes a problem if my lights or DRLs are on AND i use my left signal.

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