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Tail Light Switch Problems of Jeep Grand Cherokee



Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have reported 26 problems related to tail light switch (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1
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.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2
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 3
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 4
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.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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!!.

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car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 10
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 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 17
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 18
Failure Date: 05/15/2008

My 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees tail light goes out when the brake is applied. I've replaced the bulb twice. It is a widespread problem from what I've read on the internet. Plus, I was ticketed twice (after initial replacement) and warned a third time.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee 19
Failure Date: 02/18/2008

The contact owns a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact noticed that the tail lights failed to illuminate. The dealer stated that the tail light assembly failed and needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 50,500 and current mileage was 51,000.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 20
Failure Date: 02/01/2008

2007 (pre and post) have rear tail light assembles that work intermittently. Jeep replaces(for approximately $200) broken taillight assemblies with new units having the same defect. Their design happens to fail around the 30,000 mile point (by intention?). Jeep will not return broken parts when requested for inspection (they don't want these reaching your office). Light bulbs are not the issue. This known Jeep defect keeping their assembly line running at the expense/risk to Jeep occupants or any vehicle following a full size Jeep. Plus they are making money while endangering others. Do the statistics of Jeeps show they are rear-ended more often? how convenient if this is the case and the evidence is damaged in the accident. Look on-line for the dialog or just look at Jeeps on the road and you'll see a brake or tail light out in a much higher percentage than any other vehicle. I notice an after market light assembly was recalled (std. 108), no amber light. How about a recall for a light that may or may not work at any given moment? which is worse?.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 21
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 22
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

I recently purchased a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and noticed the right tail light was out. It was repaired and then went out again recently. It is not the bulb! my father also has a Jeep Grand Cherokee and he too has a tail light that doesn't work on a consistent basis. I have since begun to notice that there are many other Jeeps with driving around with tail lights out. I am wondering if it is some kind of manufacturing flaw in the light or the wiring system. I would greatly appreciate your assistance in researching the matter. I am afraid I am going to get a ticket for a problem that I believe to be fixed when the thing goes out again.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 23
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 24
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 image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 25
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.

car image   Tail Light Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 26
Failure Date: 08/07/2001

Consumer states turn signal lights stay on both sides, green lights are staying on all the time, headlights and tail lights are inoperable.


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