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.
Monday, July 7th, 2008 AT 12:27 AM