Gear Shifter Lights on 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Whether im driving or not, the lights below the shifter to show which gear im in have a mind of their own. They work sometimes but usually they dont work. Sometimes for the first half of the drive theyll be off, but then about half way to my destination, they turn on. sometimes they dont work at all. sometimes they work for the whole ride, it just depends on basically what it feels like doing. Any answers or suggetions of what i could do or try doing?

by in Fisher, IL on November 23, 2009
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ANSWER by on November 24, 2009
This is either from a loose connection, or if it is one bulb, the bulb has a broken filament and needs to be replaced. I would pull off the shifter cover and jiggle the wires, tap on the bulb and see if you can get the lights to flicker and then you can locate the problem. Good Luck
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COMMENT by on November 10, 2010
how do you get to the light bulb Jeep is a 1999
COMMENT by on August 17, 2013
The 99 Grand Cherokee does not use a bulb in the shifting mechanism. It uses an "electroluminescent panel" instead. Here is a link that will help you: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_change_the_light_bulb_for_the_gear_shift_indicator_in_a_1999_Jeep_Grand_Cherokee