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Back up lights do not come on

Hel, my back-up lights do not come on when the manual transmission is placed into reverse. I do not see any blown fuses in fusebox.

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There is a reverse light switch at the bottom of the trans. Its a round circle looking piece about 1 1/2 inches round. Replace it. The fluid will run out of the trans when you remove it, so you will need some fluid or catch what you have. So again "reverse light switch" cost on this part is about $40.

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