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Tail Light Switch Problems of Jeep Grand Cherokee - part 1

Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have reported 35 problems related to tail light switch (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1
Failure Date: 09/13/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While the vehicle was stationary, the tail lights and brake lights malfunctioned. The contact stated that the tail light and brake light coverings melted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 160,000.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2
Failure Date: 02/07/2016

Replaced tail light housing units only to have them go bad again. Wire harness needed to be replaced numeral times, electrical system for doors and windows had to be replaced numeral times. Gauges on dash board wouldn't work half the time. Just had a mva with a deer and extensive damage to the front of the car and no airbags were deployed, the accident was so extensive that the car was totaled!.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3
Failure Date: 11/20/2015

The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the drivers side-turning signal failed to function. The contact noticed that the rear tail light casing was burning internally. The contact had the dealer replace the lighting; however the failure recurred on the passenger side tail light. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger side bulb failed because of water leaking in the tail light assembly. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,815.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4
Failure Date: 09/15/2015

This is the second time our headlights have burned out. Also the tail light. The car isn't that old and is not driven but a few miles a year now we have retired. The ignition at different time will not start it will just keeps turning like it is not getting gas. I brought this to the attention at the dealers when the car was only 35,000 miles but they said we didn't have our foot on the brake totally, well it still does it at 48,000 miles and we do have our foot on the brake; it doesn't do it everytime, but it does it aleast once or twice a week. We are just sitting in the car ready to go somewhere' we realize the warranity is out but when we told them it wasn't. The first headlight went out the first 15,000 miles. We have owned cars for 10 years and lights have never gone out. Can you help us with these problems?.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5
Failure Date: 05/14/2015

Although no accident yet, I wanted to say that I have never received any notice from fca about the "customer satisfaction campaign" (because although the gas tank hangs under the rear bumper, year 2000 was not included in the "recall" trailer hitch deal). I bought it new and am still living at the same address. I also wanted to note that another issue with the gc is that the brake and tail lights often stop working. The socket gets scorched and you have to go take it apart, pry the contacts up just right and put aluminum foil under them (google Grand Cherokee brake lights). That works for a while, then you have to do it again. I've been stopped twice in 6 months for it. Sometimes the taillight works but actually goes out when you step on the brake. In any case, having a gas tank prone to exploding when rear ended along with brake light issues is not a good thing. The door locks on the passenger side also cannot be unlocked except from inside the vehicle, while the drivers side have to be locked manually (again, it's all over google. It's called the angry duck for the noise the locks make. I have been waiting for NHTSA to make a other announcement about this - the news was they were going to in a week or so, but that was 3 weeks ago. Thanks pat paulson miapjp@gmail. Com.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee 6
Failure Date: 10/10/2014

I have replaced the tail lights (4x within 12months), fog light (after one exploded and melted the housing), lights in visor (safety recall), day time running lights (6x), a sensor has quit working on the engine module that tells the engine when it is up to temperature, and the leather dash suddenly warped. My vehicle has 60,000 miles on it and already I have replaced various lights on it (the day time running lights need a trained mechanic) costing me a ton of money. The warped dash was inspected by the manager of rice Chrysler Dodge in knoxville, TN informed me that the glue allowed the dash to lift and that I would have to pay for this manufacture defect, and I just received a letter in the mail that another safety recall is being issued for the engine stalling that could cause a deadly accident. I think that my vehicle should be registered as a lemon, I have always trusted Jeep, always had Jeeps, but this one has been a costly mistake.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 7
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

Have replaced the entire rear tail lights due to the lights not illuminating when brake is pressed. The mechanic indicated he see's this all the time with the Jeep cherokee's. There is a problem. I drove around all day not knowing I had no brake lights. This is a problem even after replacing I had to return to have it fixed again. This need to be looked at.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee 8
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

Drove to my friends house with lights on when got ready to leave had no lights had to leave Jeep until next day. No tail lights on passenger side. But have flashlights turn signals don't work can't even drive it anymore.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 9
Failure Date: 10/21/2013

Vehicle cranking long before starting, dealer diagnostic was tipm, Jeep was contacted they agreed they has issues with part mentioned and agreed in provide part w/$100 deductible, I still paid for the cranking sensor and labor, new tipm created more electrical problems. When turning signal was activated fog lights were blinking but not the turning lights, taken back to dealer they temporary fix the problem until Jeep releases the new update in at least 2 months, after they fixed the turning lights another issued resulted, now the stop tail brake lights don't turn on if ignition switch is not in on position and sometimes even with the engine running , or if engine is not running. This issue concerns me a lot, since this is very critical if driving on highway and engine stop working how I will let the vehicles behind me that I have an emergency and I'm stepping on the brakes,lights will not turn on. Are you people from NHTSA waiting until fatalities happen to force Jeep to make a recall and fix the problems. ? there are thousands of vehicles with failures related to this tipm , please prevent people die in crashes for this issue and do something about it. Now my car is in the dealer again because they can properly fix it, and all related to this new tipm. These corporation was already bailout with our tax money, now they are passing the cost of repairs to people who purchased a defective product, it is very suspicious that all of the tipm went bad, between 50,000 and 60,000 miles just after warranty has expired. . . Please do something.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee 10
Failure Date: 12/03/2012

Had my Jeep for about 4 years now, and I've recently had many issues with it. For one, there's a recall, which parts are not available right now for an orc sensor. The recall letter said there may be a chance that it could cause an electrical distress on the computer. Now, I don't know if these caused many electrical issues or not, but I'd like to see something done about it. Around later November 2012 I took the Jeep to get the ac/heater work because it wasn't working. Paid $400. 00, labor and parts. Also got my signal lights fixed, because they weren't working either. Few months pass, now its March 2013. The signal lights work when they want, even after getting it fixed. The right signal light works fine, the left works when it wants. My driver foglight went out. I dont have a bad bulb so what is it? few weeks later, driver headlight goes out. Again, no blown bulb. Few more weeks pass, and my ac/heater stopped working again. Why? also, the driver tail light, at times goes out. No bad bulb. I feel as if I give it more time, the problem is just going to get worse. We need to look into this problem.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 11
Failure Date: 11/28/2012

There are no brake or tail lights or brake lights when it is dark, everything works in the day light, very dangerous to drive without any lights in rear of car.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 12
Failure Date: 11/28/2012

My Jeep brake lights are defective. When I press the brakes, the tail lights turn off and do not glow. They have been repaired multiple times without success. Can Chrysler please recall the defect??? thanks.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 13
Failure Date: 11/14/2012

I know of at least 4 people who have Jeep vehicles and we are constantly replacing the tail light, brake light and or having issues with electrical functions. Within 2years I have personally replaced my entire driver tail light, bulbs 4 times. I have searched for any recalls and I have only found 1, but nothing in regards to electrical and or brake light issues.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee 14
Failure Date: 01/03/2012

Brake light fails to work with headlamps on due to ground wire problem somewhere, gromet on tail light assembly is melted. Defective light could cause rear end collision. Affects all models.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 15
Failure Date: 08/28/2011

Brake light failure on 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee laredo- brake lights stop working when lights are turned on. Many similar complaints for the last 10 years on the web still no recall. Problem is defective contacts in the tail light assembly.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 16
Failure Date: 04/04/2011

I have replaced the rear passenger tail light multiple times. The light will not illuminate with a new bulb. The rear passenger window regulator has become ungrounded multiple times. There is no power on the passenger side of the car. I have spoken to multiple Jeep owners with models of the same make and model and they have had the same issue of sorts. I had contacted Jeep as well, only to be told the vehicle is old. I purchased the car 9/2007 and within one months time the regulator died and was repaired. The vehicle was 3 years old. The regulator on the same window failed and the taillight began to malfunction.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 17
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 18
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 19
Failure Date: 04/08/2010

My rear corner brake lights constantly have issues either in the taillight assembly or the bulb installation connection -- I am still not sure where the issue is really. I will replace the bulb and in 3 months or so my brake light is out on one side then a short time later the other side. I can't tell you how many Jeeps I see with at least one brake light being out. Also if my lights are on, then both rear brake lights go out. If I turn the lights off, maybe only one brake light will not work. I've had several people tell me when they are behind me that I have no brake lights, which means if they were not paying attention they would have hit me! and as we all know, paying attention is a huge issue today with so many cell phone distractions. I am shocked there is not a recall on the Grand Cherokee that I can find on my original factory tail lights.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 20
Failure Date: 01/09/2010

Rear passenger tail light does not work at night or rather when the car lights are turned on. Mechanic has replaced bulb, re-bent the connection, but the light still is not visible when lights are turned on. When lights are out, brake light, reverse light and turn signal work. My son has been pulled over by police thinking the lights had been fixed. Its only a matter of time before he receives a ticket. Our mechanic has offered to try and fix it without replacing both back light assemblies.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 21
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 22
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 23
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 24
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 25
Failure Date: 05/08/2009

I recently purchased a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The driver side brake light on my Grand Cherokee does not work at all when the lights are turned on. When the lights are off during the day the light works fine, dimmer than the passenger side, but it still lights up. I have tried to fix the problem by changing out the bulbs and the pigtails the light goes into but I cant ever get it to work. I have noticed that every Grand Cherokee in the same generation as mine has the same problem I have talked to multiple mechanics that said they have fixed upwards of 50 gc's with that same problem and you must replace both taillight assemblies because if you replace one it will short out immediately. I work in the auto parts business so I have access to the parts to fix it but the taillight assemblies are around $140 a piece. I would think that Chrysler would have had a recall about it, seeing how common it is, but I have talked to my local dealer and they explained to me that it is up to NHTSA to issue a recall. I have received two tickets related to this incident. It becomes a hassle when I see all these Jeeps with the same problem and nothing has been done about it and the problem has been going on for years. I would appreciate it if you could look into this problem, seeing how it is such a common problem that Chrysler should take care of their defective products. Thanks a lot.

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