falls_from_the_sky (drives_a_pin) wrote in thequestionclub,

car electrical problem

My gf has 1997 jeep grand cherokee and im pretty sure it is the 5.2 Laredo version.

A little over a month ago the rear brake lights just decided to stay on. So far the only way to turn turn them off is to disconnect the battery which is what she has been doing.

I read online somewhere that it could possibly be the brake switch located just above the brake pedal. So I replaced that.

The brake lights turned off while I disconnected the old switch but turned right back on after I installed the new one.

So after that didn't work I checked the connectors on all three tail lights, even the ones that don't connect to the brake lights. I also check all the bulb housing. Nothing looks melted or broken. The exposed parts of the wiring i checked also. Everything I checked seemed ok.

The only thing that i can think of is a short somewhere in the wiring. Also while checking the bulbs one was burnt out in the top hatch part. Replaced that one only to have it burn out again as well as the bulb on the opposite side. The middle bulb seems to be fine though.

I will now say that I'm not trained in the mechanical or electrical arts. I am just trying to save my gf money by not taking it to a shop.

Maybe someone on here has had a similar problem.

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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