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95 cherokee headlights
02-16-2008, 08:30 AM
Post: #1
95 cherokee headlights
headlights wont work, tailights do. Turnsignals wont work when headlight switch is pulled out. When switch is in signals flash really fast
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02-16-2008, 11:38 AM
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RE: 95 cherokee headlights
Sounds like you have a bad ground or loose wire up front. Perhaps one of our other moderators can come up with a diagram of the exact location for the harness ground. (I'm recalling near the battery but not 100% sure)

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02-16-2008, 12:49 PM
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RE: 95 cherokee headlights
Rupe Wrote:Sounds like you have a bad ground or loose wire up front. Perhaps one of our other moderators can come up with a diagram of the exact location for the harness ground. (I'm recalling near the battery but not 100% sure)

Rupe
Do you rule out the possibility of a new headlight switch? One grnd wire is right by the battery and the battery main grnd runs down underneath
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02-16-2008, 01:07 PM
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RE: 95 cherokee headlights
I wouldn't jump to conclusions just yet on that switch because it sounds like you haven't done much testing.

To prove out the headlight switch you should check for power with a test light or meter first. If you have power then it's not the switch. The other side of the circuit is the ground and most cars have a common ground for the headlights and the parking lights, which in your case are common to the signal lights. (parking and signal are the same lamp)

What it sounds like is the signals are making a ground loop back through the headlamp circuit because you lack a good / solid ground. The rapid flashing is an indicator of the extra bulb load that's involved.

Try taking that ground connection apart and cleaning it with a wire brush or sand paper till everything shines. Do the same with any other grounds you find. Once you get things working put a dab of grease or oil over the connection point to retard rust.

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02-17-2008, 08:11 AM
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RE: 95 cherokee headlights
I have cleaned wire harness grnd and any other I could find. We have no prkng lghts, no turn sgnls, and no headlights. In the back we have tailights, and still rapid turnsignals. On the dash the hibeam light comes on and both turnsgnllights, when the headlight switch is pulled out. When you use turn signal the dash light for that turn sgnl goes dim. Emergency flashers all work
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02-17-2008, 12:17 PM (This post was last modified: 02-17-2008 01:23 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: 95 cherokee headlights
Yup, I'd say that's a classic symptom of a bad ground. (either inside the harness or at a grounding point / bolt)

If you follow the lighting harness you will eventually find the ground location. Most likely it's on the radiator support or the firewall.

I have no personal experience with this particular vehicle so perhaps one of our moderators can supply a diagram of the exact location.

BTW, if this vehicle had ever had any collision damage it might be an indication to look closely for a wiring harness repair that might have failed after several years. Generally speaking, anything that doesn't look stock is where I'd start. (crimp connectors, electrical tape, etc)

Rupe
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