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Lighting around the shift console

I did't really pay much attention to it but my wife said there was a light on the shift selector that told you what gear you you're in. I was just wondering if there was so I can fix it so she will leave me alone about it.

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Put bulb in most likely blowen remover upper part of centre concole on left side of shifter the harness is there.

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