Nathanael

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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