How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Virtual Wrench Your Own Question
Virtual Wrench
Virtual Wrench, Jeep Mechanic
Category: Jeep
Satisfied Customers: 14597
Experience:  35 years Master Mechanic
Type Your Jeep Question Here...
Virtual Wrench is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee: interior lights..the door locks..Im driving

Resolved Question:

I got a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (2WD).....last few years the interior lights have flickered on and off as well as the door locks....all this while I'm driving on roads.....I have pulled the fuse for the lights and for a while it has worked.....I've done this on and off for the last few years. THere was one point in time when it didn't happen for about 6 it's back and the interior lights fuse has been pulled again. So, I thought there was a fuse/relay issue all along but didn't know how to fix it, and my mechanic didn't say anything either.....However, just yesterday, I was driving, and the door locks kept locking and unlocking (still with the interior lights fuse pulled).....I've been reading threads online saying the door latch assembly could be the issue, or possibly the electrical harness. If one of you guys in this Jeep forum has an answer (maybe from an electrical mechanic), I would appreciate it. That way, I can take your answer to my mechanic to help them go in the right direction. So, to summarize, there are two issues: Interior lights flickering on and off while driving, AND the door locks popping at the same time. I'm keeping my fingers crossed with you guys. Thanks.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 years ago.



Here is a service bulletin for him to follow. It involves adjusting the door latch mechanisms in the doors. Usually this will correct this, but if not, he will need to disconnect the wires to the door locks on each door one at a time to find the one that needs cleaning or replacement. A problem here will also affect the interior lights causing them to flicker.






If you have further questions feel free to reply.

Please remember to click on accept so i receive credit for assisting you.

Even if you have a subscription, please click to accept so i receive credit for working with you.You will NOT be charged again.

You can always ask follow up questions right here for no extra charge even after you click on accept.

By accepting, it shows me that you appreciate my time, expertise and help.

Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 years ago.



If you have further questions feel free to reply.



Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Your last sentence says "A problem here will affect the interior lights causing them to flicker." Which problem are you referring to: the door latch mechanisms or the cleaning/replacement of the wires to the door locks?


Lastly, are these the only two issues that affect the lights flickering and to doors going crazy? If not, what are the other remedies?



Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 years ago.



Yes, the door latch mechanism will cause both the flickering and the locks going crazy. First step is to clean them, then would be to disconnect them one at a time until they stop acting up and replace that one that was disconnected.


That is by far the most common reason for both of these issues. Worse case is it could be a wire making a loose connection somewhere, but that would be tested afterwards.


Best wishes my friend!

Virtual Wrench, Jeep Mechanic
Category: Jeep
Satisfied Customers: 14597
Experience: 35 years Master Mechanic
Virtual Wrench and 5 other Jeep Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
You mentioned cleaning the door latch mechanisms. Can I do this myself or do I have to remove them to clean them (ie: does a mechanic have to this?). If I can do this myself, can you tell me how to do it and what to clean them with? Thanks
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 years ago.

Hi there,


Unfortunately i don't think you will want to get to involved with that..unless you feel comfortable to remove the door panels and then snake your arm in behind the inside door wall to get to the mechanism, remove it, then clean and install it :-(


If it were easier i sure would tell you, but i don't want to mislead you into getting into a big mess and end up breaking something. BUT if you are brave i can send you some info on removing the door panel..



JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • Thank you so much for your answer. My initial estimate was $325; I got it done for $100 - part and labor. Lynn B. Ormond Beach, FL
< Previous | Next >
  • Thank you so much for your answer. My initial estimate was $325; I got it done for $100 - part and labor. Lynn B. Ormond Beach, FL
  • I was skeptical at first but thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Your site actually is a quality service that I would recommend to others in a heartbeat. Stan Sayre, PA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY

Meet The Experts:

  • Chris


    Shop Foreman

    Satisfied Customers:

    Jeep Certified Master Tech
< Last | Next >
  • Chris's Avatar


    Shop Foreman

    Satisfied Customers:

    Jeep Certified Master Tech
  • Mark's Avatar


    22 Year Factory trained technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Jeep factory training........25 years in the industry.
  • Dave's Avatar


    Jeep Master Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    Chrysler Triple Master, ASE master Tech AA degree in Auto.
  • moparfl's Avatar


    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    ASE Master Tech Chrysler Dodge Jeep Master Tech
  • Tim Mohr's Avatar

    Tim Mohr


    Satisfied Customers:

  • Ron Z.'s Avatar

    Ron Z.

    - Jeep Tech -

    Satisfied Customers:

    18+yrs experience. State Inspector & Jeep Diagnostics/Repair
  • jeepmopar76's Avatar


    Jeep/Chrysler Triple Master Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    32yr ASE Master Tech, 9yr Chrysler Master Tech, 19 yr Jeep Dealership service including AMC/Eagle