1998 Jeep Wrangler Blinker Noise

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1998 Jeep Wrangler 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual

Hi, I own a 1998 jeep wrangler, and have only had it for about two weeks and just today it started to make a ticking noise similar to when you have the turn signal on but it is a lot faster. When you turn one of the signals on the noise slows down and is in the normal pattern but when the signal turns off it speeds up again. Also the noise stops altogether when you hit the brakes but when you release the pedal it starts again. I have searched the internet but cant get a straight answer so I was wondering if you had any ideas on how to fix this problem.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2008 AT 10:49 PM

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Has anyone helped you in person to do a visual of the "blinkers" from the outside while this problem is occuring? Meaning, while it is going on, check to see if the lights are actually blinking when they are not supposed to be.

It could be something as small as a burnt flasher, or something as large as a computer getting crossed signals from some sensors. First things first though - need you to check the visual occurrance outside to see if there are more symptoms of your problem.
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Sunday, July 6th, 2008 AT 5:17 PM
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Thank you for the advice. I checked the blinkers and they still work fine inside the car and the outside lights work fine to. Could there be any other cause of this problem one site that I found said it could be a broken relay but I still don't know how to fix it is there any place I could purchase a owners manual for car, because it came without one.
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Sunday, July 6th, 2008 AT 11:38 PM
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An owners manual would be a great place to start.

If you want the type that comes with the vehicle, go to any jeep dealer in your area. A 98 model should still be very easy to get.

IF you want a more in depth but less lamen termed manual, then I would check out something like a Chilton's manual which can be obtained at virtually any auto parts store. (I would even think about checking one out at the local library too as many of these can be found there as well - and if you only need it once in a while, then it might be the cheaper avenue)

sadly, the "blinkers" are a part of the electrical system, and what this means is that the cause of your problem could be in a multitude of different areas. My gut is on the relay, but if not, it could also be anywhere else along the wire line. Under the dash can sometimes be a big problem for jeeps as they tend to develop leaks over time from the front windshield frame. If this is your case, then the first place to start is where there is water. Because a leak could lead to rust. Rust leads to malfunctioning stuff. First fix the leak, then fix the malfunction. If you don't fix the leak - the malfunction will come back, but this time it might be on a different circuit.

Now - that said, I'm not trying to scare you away from trying to sort the problem on your own - in fact just going through the circuit will probably teach you more about how your jeep is built, and any problem areas to watch for in the future.

To save you a little time, the flashers are generally kept in the fuse box under the dash. (At least in models from 87 - 95) I would be shocked if the 98 model didn't have it in the same place.

Let me know if it wasn't the flasher and I'll try to help you find the bug elsewhere. The good news is that the lights are still functioning as they are supposed to.

Good luck
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Monday, July 7th, 2008 AT 12:27 AM
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Thank you very much for all of the help that you have given me and I will contact back whether or not the problem is fixed and again thank you very much for all of your help I really appreciate it

Thanks
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Monday, July 7th, 2008 AT 8:38 AM
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I forgot to ask if the flashers are under the dash how will I access that box there is a panel on driver side down by the floor is that the fuse box you are talking about or is it somewhere else
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Monday, July 7th, 2008 AT 8:44 AM
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The fuse box is on the drivers side - underneath. I can't say for sure if what you are looking at is the correct panel to remove or not. Generally they have a very distinct appearance, no more than 5 or 6 inches squared that you pop off and access. Generally the fuse box layout is on the backside of the panel you remove as well.

If you remove this panel (which should be just a pull out panel - most have a finger hole so you can pull out on) you should be able to have full access to the fuses / flashers.
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Monday, July 7th, 2008 AT 2:25 PM
Tiny
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Ok I was looking at the wrong one thank you for the clarification
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Monday, July 7th, 2008 AT 6:18 PM
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Blackhawk- If you read this, let me know. I have the same problem and want to know if/how you fixed it. Thanks!
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