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: 144,589 (13,100–285,000)
11 model years affected: 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
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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.
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all rear lights work untill you push breakpedel,then the pass-side will go out.let off break pedel they come back on.
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When the head lights are on the left brake light will not work.
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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
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!
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
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.
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..
tail lights not getting ground added a ground brake lights want come on when i push brake pedal
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.
All my taillights work but when I hit the brakes only the brake lights on the driver side work
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?
That is it in a nut shell.
every jeep grand cherokee i have owned since 1993 has had this problem
Replaced sockets and tail light circuit board
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.
Drivers side rear turn signal goes out when jarred or hitting bumps in the road.
Driver side taillight does not come on when I turn on the lights.But when I hit the brakes it works fine. But when you let off the brake it goes completely off. All other lights work like they are supposed to.
Brake light do not work. It's in the shop right now.
Brake lights keep blowing out. Have had problems with all 6 lights in the rear. Circuit boards replaced. Bulbs still going out. Brake light on passenger side out again and bulb is dimmer than the rest. Back at dealer again for the 3rd time in two weeks. Now the dealer wants to install new plastic sockets. Said the vehicle was not manufactured with any. This may temporarily solve the problem until the contact melts the plastic and we will be back to square one. expense is starting to add up! Problem still not solved. 3rd time back to the shop in 13 days. Children on board of this vehicle!
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