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Jeep Cherokee Tail Light Assembly

Signs That Your Jeep Cherokee Tail Light Assembly Has Failed

Driving with busted tail lights can get you in a fender-bender. That is, if a traffic enforcer doesn't get to you first with a ticket. Tail lights are very useful in signaling other motorists about your next move on the road. Without them, other drivers will have to guess whether you're going to turn to a corner or pull over. Due to their frequent use, tail lights fail over time. Below are some of the symptoms that you might have noticed on your Jeep Cherokee tail light assembly and some easy solutions to fix the problem:

One of the tail lights has stopped working

If only one of the tail lights had gone off, the problem could be due to a burnt-out bulb. The filament inside the bulb is most likely broken. You need to remove the old bulb from the assembly and replace it with a new one. When you purchase a replacement bulb, make sure that it has the same wattage as the ones you already have in the tail light assembly. Changing the bulb is easy work and doesn't take more than 15 minutes to finish. It might be a good idea to replace the rest of the bulbs as well to save from any inconvenience in the future.

All the lights in the assembly fail to turn on

On some occasions, all of the tail lights in your vehicle may not turn on at all. Since all lights are affected, this problem is certainly not due to a busted bulb. You need to check if there are any blown fuses linked to the tail light assembly. You can access the Jeep Cherokee fuse box from under the hood of your vehicle. Inspect the tail light fuse inside the box to see if the thin metal strip within the fuse is broken. If it is, you need to replace the fuse to make the tail lights work again.

If you've ruled out a fuse problem and the tail lights still do not work, check the assembly for any loose wiring. You need to remove the whole tail light assembly from the vehicle to inspect the wires. Gently tug on the wires to check if there is any loose connection that needs tightening.

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  • How to Keep Your Jeep Cherokee Tail Light Assembly in Top Shape 27 February 2013

    Your Jeep Cherokee tail light assembly is one of the most crucial parts of your vehicle's lighting system. The tail lights act as a warning device to all motorists driving behind your vehicle. Without them, your vehicle could get into collision with other automobiles. The tail lights are mandatory vehicle parts on all states, and you shouldn't be caught driving without one. In order for your Jeep's tail lights to work properly all the time, follow the easy maintenance tips below:


    Keep the tail light lenses clean.

    Foggy lenses decrease the brightness of your tail lights. Although it's inevitable that your tail light lenses would become cloudy after years of use, you need to make sure that they're free from dirt buildup every time you take your vehicle out for a drive. You can use an automotive plastic cleaner and a polishing pad to buff up the tail light lenses. Those will help in reducing the appearance of scratches and grime on the lenses. For hard-to-remove dirt, you can use a wet fine-grit sandpaper to remove dirt buildup.


    Change all tail light bulbs at the same time.

    Although it may sound counterintuitive to replace something that still works, you just might thank yourself in the future for doing so. Tail light bulbs last anywhere from 150 to 1,500 hours, depending on how often you use your vehicle. Since the bulbs do not go off at the same time, you might find yourself replacing different bulbs frequently. However, if you replace them all at once, you can keep track of how long each bulb lasts. That will give you an idea when you should have the next bulb replacement. That surely beats having to pull over in the middle of the road because one of the tail lights doesn't work.


    Regularly inspect fuses and wirings.

    Blown fuses and loosely connected electrical wirings in the assembly are two reasons why tail lights often fail. Before driving your vehicle on the road, check the fuse box for blown fuses. The thin metal strip inside the fuse could become faulty over time-replace the fuses as needed. As for the electrical wirings, you need to make sure that all wires are tightly connected to the plug in the assembly.