Problems With Brake Lights Due to Damaged Electrical Contacts on Jeep Grand Cherokee

Electrical contacts in the tail lamp housing tend to break or melt, which can cause the brake lights to fail or work intermittently. Complete inspection of the tail light housing and bulbs is recommended before replacing any parts.

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Average mileage: 141,307 (13,100–285,000)
14 model years affected: 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 225,000 mi,
I have had a tail light/brake light issue ever since buying my Jeep used in 2004. I have replaced the sockets, used aluminum foil as suggested as numerous forums and last February eve bought an entire rear light assembly. A few months ago the passenger side tail light stopped working again. I can't figure it out and am afraid of being ticketed or worse, involved in an accident. So disappointed in Jeep for not coming up with a solution to a KNOWN issue.
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 135,768 mi,
all rear lights work untill you push breakpedel,then the pass-side will go out.let off break pedel they come back on.
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 238,000 mi,
When the head lights are on the left brake light will not work.
When my lights are on and i hit my brakes my one break light doesnt work but when lights r off my brake light works
2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee 197,384 mi,
All of my lights work, but as soon as I hit the brakes my lower lights go out and the high mount comes on.. ive tried replacing the actual holder for the bulb, and next is the actual circut board. I havent found a fuse yet that is blown... any simple solutions I can try before spending money on the circut board?
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 200,000 mi,
Hey, So I've had the problem with the right tail light in my grand cherokee 2004; When the lights were on, the brake light wouldn't work. I couldn't solve it until my turn signal/hazard light stopped working as well. Replacing Turn Signal Flasher that's next to the steering wheel solved all the lights problem. It was only $32, find it on parts geek website, good luck!
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 107,000 mi,
Passenger side: when hit brake lights no lights work on passenger side, no talilight or brake light have swapped sockets with driver side, see alot of rust around contacts where sockets twist in or passenger side, the driverside is fine. Also turn signal quit working, twisting of socket got it to work and some smacking on the back of taillight (circut board) but now cant get reverse lights to work. Think im going to have to get new taillight or get new circut board on passenger side...having problem unplugging wire harness from it now..will hopefully find help so I dont have to take to expensive mechanic..
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee 140,000 mi,
Brake light won't work when headlight are on.tried changing the bulbs but did not help.
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 258,031 mi,
Due to the housing being plastic the contacts pull apart due to melting. I have replaced the entire light bar twice, at a significant cost, and replaced the socket only on two separate dates. When the light goes out now I open the contacts again until they can make a complete circuit. This however is only a temporary fix, sometimes it will last for several months. Jeep is aware of this problem but will not retrofit due to cost on their end.
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 160,000 mi,
Driver side brake light out. Followed instructions found on-line to pry up contacts with flat head screwdriver. No problems since...approx 6 months ago.
Had problem for years with rear passenger side light brake light burning out. Finally went to a salvage yard and got a replacement light unit..end of problem. Examination of the old unit revealed fused metal on light contact with unit, apparently shorted and overheated breaking the contact
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 129,000 mi,
tail lights not getting ground added a ground brake lights want come on when i push brake pedal
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 65,000 mi,
Left brake light goes out when I push the brake pedal. Have replaced light 3 times and entire thing once. still the same problem
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 167,619 mi,
Both running lights work but when I press the brake pedal the drivers side brake light works but the passenger side light goes out completely. WTF?
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee 200,000 mi,
Rear brake lights keep going out.
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 130,000 mi,
Passenger tail light. Cosmetically perfect on the outside. Burnt and melted connection on the inside. Now only get either working tail light or break light, but never both working together. Fire hazard? Not sold as separate parts. Disappointing.
Driver side Brake lights will not work. Power lockes will not with the exception of the drivers side.
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee 170,814 mi,
Running lights work on drivers side back up light works however, brake light doesn't. I replaced the bulbs and installed new connectors still no brake light.
My 2002 Honda Accord taillight went out at the same time
Brake light goes out always on passenger side. Replace circuit board worked fine and is now doing it again.But with a good tap without breaking tail lens cover it starts to work...Also put bulb connector grease seems to work until it disappears...ITS A JEEP THING I guess