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Backup lights not working at all

Brake lights and turn signal lights working but not backup lights and i even switched out the backup bulbs with the existing bulbs that were working.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    did u test the backup light switch on the transmission?

  • Roy Livermore Jul 18, 2013

    where is the switch on transmission located?

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That is your problem, the backup switch, it is on the side of the transmission.

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