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2002 MDX backup lights stay on

Whenever the engine is on, the lights are on. No recent accident. Transmission rebuilt about May, but problem is more recent. The dealership has never had this kind of problem, they spent about 1 - 2 hours trying to diagnose it. Now have a notice from police that I have 15 days to get fixed or car subject to impound because of "safety concerns"!

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The back up lights are turned on by the transmission range selector switch, this is the switch that moves with the gear selection arm at the transmission, unplug the switch (large multi wire connector) and if the backup lights go out the switch has shorted and needs to be replaced, one question why don't you just remove the backup light bulbs until U install the new part??

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