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Tail Light Switch problems of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee



11 problems related to tail light switch have been reported for the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

car   Tail Light Switch problem 1
Failure Date: 08/20/2010

I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and have had it now since 2004 it has been a problem after another the tail lights go off the circuit board stops working and the money issue is ridiculous to keep replacing the problem has gotten expensive and from what I have seen on the internet on car survey. Com I am not the only one this is a problem that can only get worse if it were to cause an accident and maybe loose a life to a part that should have been recalled there is currently 290 complaints and yet I am just one more to add to the list and well hopefully with this complaint there can be something done! hopefully someone does not have to loose a life to an accident when it should have corrected!! thanks for your time!! please help!!.

car   Tail Light Switch problem 2
Failure Date: 07/14/2010

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee rear brake lights out because of defective design. Brake lights stop working when headlights turned on. Brake lights work fine when headlights off. Problem design is in the tail light assembly. When you remove the light socket for the tail/brake light in the light assembly, you will see 3 silver contact points inside the black plastic ring. Two are grouped together and there is one that is opposite of the two. 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. You should notice that the ground contact is depressed into the plastic and the plastic itself is slightly warped down. Most cars have light sockets with their wiring attached. The socket twists into the lamp assembly. On the Grand Cherokee, the socket does not have the wiring attached. Instead, the wiring goes into the lamp assembly and the socket has three electrical contacts that, when twisted into the assembly, will make the contact. What seems to be the most frequent malfunction is that the electrical contacts (which make contact with their respective electrical paths when they are inserted into the assembly) are pressed tight to ensure good contact with the assembly. . . And on many taillights, the plastic ring containing the respective paths often begins to separate from the fatigue of the contacts pressing so hard. Of the three contacts (rear tail light, rear brake light and ground), the ground is what most commonly loses its contact due to fatigue cracking. This is a serious safety issue because often drivers are unaware that there is a problem. It only happens when the headlamps are on, so if checked in daylight, the problem often goes undetected. Only when another driver or the police point it out does it looked at. This is a widespread problem that occurs for nearly every 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is not an issue of will it happen, rather when is it going to happen!.

car   Tail Light Switch problem 3
Failure Date: 07/01/2009

I have had ongoing problems with my brake and tail lights. I have replaced the housing, sockets and bulbs. The bulbs overheat and melt the plastic which causes the lights to malfunction. The tail lights will work sometimes but the brake lights may not work when the tail lights are lit. There have been times when the tail lights don't work and the brake lights do even though they are the same bulb. I have seen other Jeeps on the road with the same problem and have seen multiple complaints on internet. I've contacted Jeep and they claim to have no knowledge of the problem.

car   Tail Light Switch problem 4
Failure Date: 06/25/2009

Driver's side tail light keeps going out and having to be replaced. Because it is the same problem each time, I believe it is a safety issue that needs to be addressed and corrected by the manufacturer.

car   Tail Light Switch problem 5
Failure Date: 06/04/2009

Rear brake lights continue to fail within 12-20 months time even after the entire tail light is replaced. This has occurred for both rear tail lights in my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee laredo. We're having to replace both of them every 12-20 months now. The tail light circuit area is known to be a Jeep defective, as I now discovered.

car   Tail Light Switch problem 6
Failure Date: 05/25/2009

I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The brake lights and tail lights are continually going out and have been replaced numerous times. I have been pulled over a number of times after having the lights fixed only to find out again that they have gone back out.


car   Tail Light Switch problem 7
Failure Date: 01/09/2009

Have owned vehicle for 4 years now. Have had problems with the heat not working 3 times now and still have problems (spent over $1,000. 00 in this alone) the wires connecting to the blow box get to hot and melt the plug & blow box. When it first starts you can wiggle the wires and it will work for a short period of time. Ultimately you must replace the plug & blow box. Last week I was pulled over getting off the express way and a guy stopped me and told me I had no tail lights or brake lights. Again this was another electrical problem. This was very dangerous as I could have been in a serious accident. The tail gate sticks and will not open.

car   Tail Light Switch problem 8
Failure Date: 10/15/2007

In 2007, my rear tail lights stopped working. They would not work if the head lights were turned on. However if the head lights were off the rear tail lights were working. There is no warning light that informs you of this failure and so it was not until I was stopped by the police that I was even aware of the problem. I got the rear lights replaced, not knowing then that this was a common problem. However, now three years later, the lights have failed again. Same exact problem. No warning lights, it just so happened a family member saw that my lights were out. The replacement parts are expensive and obviously this is a common problem known by Jeep/Chrysler.

car   Tail Light Switch problem 9
Failure Date: 08/01/2007

Door actuator, overheating, transmissions slippage (or not wanting to shift at times), tail lights, cooling, heating (or lack of).

car   Tail Light Switch problem 10
Failure Date: 01/09/2005

Both tail light assemblies stopped working and was cited by a police officer. Replacement was ~$500. Rear lift gate lock actuator is broken, so cannot open lift gate. Right rear door lock will not allow opening from inside. Shift sensor/solenoid has gone bad twice leading to problems with shifting from gears (revs really high before shifting). Rotors are constantly becoming warped and brakes have to be readjusted. Left blinker no longer works and to fix it, the dealership told me they have to replace this entire engine block for about $800. Power window lock no longer works. Other than that, car runs great :).

car   Tail Light Switch problem 11
Failure Date: 10/10/2002

I am the owner of a 2000 Jeep cherokee grand laredo and every since I bought this truck the brake lights/ tail lights haven't worked properly. I have replaced the bulbs several time but they continue to not work. I contacted the local dealership and I was told there isn't a recall on them and if I wanted to get them fixed it would be out of my pocket. I have yet to see a Jeep around town that had all the lights, brake or tail lights working.