Nathanael

Thoughts and Happenings…

How to Fix Grand Cherokee Brake Lights…

I forgot to post how you fix your Brake Lights and Tail lights on a Grand Cherokee. At least this is what fixed mine when the brake lights where dim during the day and when I turned on my lights at night I would loose Taillights and Brake Lights. Hopefully it will work for you too. Be Blessed

 

1. Remove the tail light assembly. Most of you know how to remove the light assembly if you’ve changed bulbs, so I won’t cover that. 

2. disconnect the wiring harness by sliding the red locking clip to the side in order to press the side of the male connector and pull apart. 

3. Once you’ve got the tail assembly away from the vehicle and on a bench, remove the light socket for the tail/brake light. You will see 3 silver contact points inside the black plastic ring. 2 are grouped together and there is one that is opposite of the 2. The one by itself is the ground; the other two are the contacts for the tail light and brake light. The problem lies with the ground connector. (BTW, I tested continuity with all lights and contacts including the turn signal and the reverse light to verify that the circuit board itself was good, and it was). 

4. clean all contacts with a Q-Tip and some sort of contact cleaner – rubbing alcohol will work. 

5. You should notice that the ground contact is depressed into the plastic and the plastic itelf is slightly warped down. I was able to use a small pair of needle nose pliers that have a 45 degree angle to press up on the contact from underneath using the opposite lip of the hole as leverage (very carefully). Once it had moved up a bit, I was able to wedge a mini-flathead screwdriver in between the metal contact and the plastic to force the contact up even further (again, very carefully). Once it looked even with the rest, gently reinsert the connector and test. 

 

Good Luck! Let me know if it works for you as well.

August 8, 2008 Posted by | Delimas, JGC Brake Lights, Other | Leave a comment

Men Fix Their Own Cars…

Ok so my last post was telling you what was going wrong with my car and what I did through out the weekend. This one is going to tell you how God just blessed me today by helping me fix my car by myself. So at the beginning of this week I still have no taillights or brake lights at night. It is getting really frustrating cause people keep yelling at me and honking at me and I can’t drive at night right. Well Yesterday which was Wed. the 6th I decided too look online to see if any other Jeeps where having the same problem. Well to my surprise there were a lot. Jeep probably should recall a lot of jeeps to fix cause they are all having the same problem. But back to my story. I was just about to give up when I saw one more page that I could read and it was a question and answer page. So decided to read it. Well the guy had the same kind of JGC I had with the same problems and under was some random guy that answered him. He said he had the same issues and fixed it buy doing this and that. I looked at it for a sec and was wondering if it would actually work on my car. So I decided to be a mechanic and try ha ha. It worked! It took me about 2 hours to do with all the wiring and Grounding and stuff but I fixed my car with God’s help cause i am no mechanic. Now my Taillights and Brake lights work better than before.  So yes I was feeling like a manly man at that moment.

That part of my day made everything else go great. But to top it all off I met up with a friend I just found out that was out here and she took me to a apt building and we went to the roof to grill out with her friends. you could see all of Downtown LA it was so much fun! I met a lot of cool people there too. there was this one guy that he and I came up with this incredible idea for a shop, but I can’t tell you cause you wil want to steal it cause it is BRILLIANT!!!!

August 8, 2008 Posted by | Blessings, Break Down, California, Delimas, Uncategorized | Leave a comment