7th Oct 2004, 21:44

My brake light is out too. I have also replaced the growling door lock. Everything wrong on a Jeep costs $200, and if there are 5 things wrong, there is no discount for the combined labor. The brake light problem is just poor quality, but what do your expect for $30,000? After a 3 year lease and a five year buy loan, I will have paid $45,000 for it.

12th Oct 2004, 19:17

I have the SAME PROBLEMS with the locks and the lights! I am trying to find replacement parts at discount... has anyone found anywhere cheap to get the part and do it myself. We should get a petition to send to Jeep. This is RIDICULOUS!


13th Oct 2004, 09:16

It sounds like I'm having the same problem with my driver's side door lock. The driver's side door lock makes a loud grinding sound whenever it's unlocked; looks like I'm on the same boat with many of you. Thank goodness carsurvey.org exists; at least I know now that I'm not alone with this problem.

30th Oct 2004, 00:03

I just got the CGC 2000 a few days ago new and have the exact same problems as what are listed here. I have yet to get anything fixed. I have the breaklight and devil lock problem. Any suggestions on repairs or on how to take my aggression out on Jeep :)


30th Oct 2004, 21:33

I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with problems with the left tail light. The brake light goes out when the head lights are on. I did visit this site to realize that I can't fix it, but will have to replace the whole lens assembly. Good luck to you all.

9th Nov 2004, 09:52

I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and as I have seen am not along with my problems. The driver side window stopped working and the door lock on driver side rear door makes the grinding sound. I had the extended warranty, but it ran out 40,000 miles ago. So I guess I must fix myself or pay dealers inflated prices. Any advice in this area please let me know at lbingha@bellsouth.net.

23rd Nov 2004, 08:28

I also have a 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo. I have fixed the door locks twice and now this morning the front passenger door would not open at all! I know it's very expensive to fix. I cannot believe this is not being acknowledged as a defect for the manufacturer to correct and foot the bill. How loud can we yell "enough"!

30th Dec 2004, 01:01

I have a 2000 Jeep, and I have had the same problems with my tail lights!!! I am so angry, no that I read that I am not alone. There needs to be a recall on this!

1st Jan 2005, 14:02

I own a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and I too had the same problem on the left tail light/brake light. Thanks to this website, I've regained my sanity (and stopped changing light bulbs). Additionally, I was not going to pay for a part unless I absolutely had to, and I was able to repair the light with info from this website. In return, I thought I'd post how I did it.

1. Remove the tail light assembly. Most of you know how to remove the light assembly if you've changed bulbs, so I won't cover that.

2. Disconnect the wiring harness by sliding the red locking clip to the side in order to press the side of the male connector and pull apart.

3. Once you've got the tail assembly away from the vehicle and on a bench, remove the light socket for the tail/brake light. You will see 3 silver contact points inside the black plastic ring. 2 are grouped together and there is one that is opposite of the 2. The one by itself is the ground; the other two are the contacts for the tail light and brake light. The problem lies with the ground connector. (BTW, I tested continuity with all lights and contacts including the turn signal and the reverse light to verify that the circuit board itself was good, and it was).

4. Clean all contacts with a Q-Tip and some sort of contact cleaner - rubbing alcohol will work.

5. You should notice that the ground contact is depressed into the plastic and the plastic itself is slightly warped down. I was able to use a small pair of needle nose pliers that have a 45 degree angle to press up on the contact from underneath using the opposite lip of the hole as leverage (very carefully). Once it had moved up a bit, I was able to wedge a mini-flathead screwdriver in between the metal contact and the plastic to force the contact up even further (again, very carefully). Once it looked even with the rest, gently reinsert the connector and test.

Hope this helps...


9th Jan 2005, 16:12

I came here frustrated with my 2000 Grand Cherokee's tail light, then further frustrated when I realized I was going to have to spend 60-100 bucks for a replacement tail light assembly. Fortunately, I read to the end of this thread, and followed the above comment's directions... within 5 minutes my tail light was functioning properly again! I used a mini flat head screw driver to (carefully) pry the single metal contact up, (then I wedged a tiny folded piece of aluminum foil under it (we'll see if it holds) and screwed in the bulb. IT WORKED! I recommend trying your hand at fixing it yourself if you can!

21st Jan 2005, 15:43

This is unbelievable. I knew it had to be a more common problem when I saw another 99 Grand Cherokee the other day with the left tail light out. Why is more common in the left? I am paying $175 for parts, plus the inspection charge. Almost $300 for this stupid problem. I haven't had the door/window lock problem yet, knock on wood. But, warped rotors every 6 months is enough to drive a sane man crazy. The only good thing I can say about this car is that it's a comfortable ride.

3rd Feb 2005, 15:27

Thanks a bunch. I've had this problem with my '01 Grand Cherokee for months now, not surprisingly the dealer just wanted to replace the assembly (for $200.00). After reading the comments above it took me about 15 minutes to fix this tail light glitch. I was able to use a push pin to leverage the contact into place, then filled in the gap with a folded paper wedge. I'll probably get back in there and make a more permanant fix. Thanks again.

3rd Feb 2005, 23:39

I am another frustrated 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee owner! My driver side door lock made this horrible grinding sound and wouldn't lock unless you did it manually. I dealt with it for months and broke down to get it fixed. $200 for the new lock motor and $100 for labor. I am very upset since this wasn't covered in my extended warranty!! Only the window motor! Jeep should be aware of this problem and recall it...

18th Mar 2005, 15:43

I have a 2000 Grand Jeep Cherokee and am experiencing the growling of the locks in addition to the left tail gate light being out continuously after replacing the bulb, how can we fix this ourselves?

Adrena Christmas.

3rd Apr 2005, 03:27

Same deal for me. I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, when the lights are on the brake lights don’t work. I have found a very cheap solution though… Instead of buying the $144.00 tail lamps… you just simply flick off your headlights every time you stomp on the brakes. Flip the switch then step on brakes, simple huh? Just one way of sticking it to the man.