Interesting issue here. While I
was driving home from CCBC in the Monster, I looked down at the dash and saw that the cluster
lights were out. Also inoperative were the driving lights, the parking lights,
and the passenger-side front turn signal. So, I stop at one of the local parts
houses (Advance), and pickup a couple of fuses and a new bulb. I installed the
fuse, replaced the TS bulb, and as I plugged the bulb in, it immediately fried,
with an appropriate sound and a tinge of smoke, indicating the short was in the
bulb socket. A call the following AM to Moon Twp. Jeep verified that they had a
replacement in stock, so I went to get it. Here's where the stupidity comes in.
First I KNOW that I should get names when calling a business, but this time I
did not, and the mentally challenged man I found behind the parts counter not only did not know what I was
talking about, but could also not understand that the side marker socket he had in
his hand was not what I was looking for. When I went out to the KJ to get
the old one, the guy I originally spoke to during the phone call appeared, and
in exactly 20 seconds, we were done. One other thing about this whole deal, Why did
DCX decide to replace a tried and true design (bulb socket) with a piece that
could short itself out?
Sorry for no pics on this one,
but I just didn't think about it at the time.