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Old 06-14-2007, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question e30 reverse light problem

the reverse lights dont work when car is put in reverse. not bulb or fuse problem. its a standard transmission. why dont they work?
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there's a few things to try...

the reverse light switch is on the passenger side of the tranny (i think) They say the wires sometimes get lose and the connectors might just need to been tighten with a pair of needle nose plyers...(it helps to have 3 elbows...ha ha)

What I would do first is pull of your leather shift boot and there should be a wire that goes down through the rubber boot, this goes down to the switch that I just talked about, before the wire goes through the rubber boot there should be a connector that you can test for power (the car has to be in reverse) if there is power at this connector then you know the problem has to be between this connector and the switch on the tranny......it could be a short in the wire, lose connections on the switch, or it could even be a bad switch....

My reverse lights didn't work and luckily all I had to do was tighten the connector under the leather shift boot....and now they work fine...

hope that helps...
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I had this same problem a couple of months ago while i was trying to pass inspection. All i had to do was get under the car and reach my hand up the transmission on the passengers side and plug in the connectors that came undone. I hope thats what the problem is for you too
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