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I can't find the switch that activates the backup lights. Where is it located?

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  • scottib May 09, 2009

    I may not have been clear with my question. '86 El Camino with Automatic Trans. floor shifter. I believe the backup light is activated in conjuction with the Neutral Safety Switch which works but the backup lights do not come on when in reverse gear.

  • scottib May 09, 2009

    gordanddar, It was not my intention to put your helpful advise down and it definately was not meant to be a personal attack. It seems the 86 El Camino uses the Neutral Safety Switch to activate the backup lights. This switch is located inside the steering column and supposedly is adjustable. I also found out it is about a four hour job to tear down the steering column and some special tools are required, that I don't have. This is not going to be a DIY for me. BTW, I did check the trans. and the switch you refer to is not on this vehicle, I wish it were that simple...



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Generaly speaking , the reverse gear sensor is threaded into the side of the transmission.

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    gord storey May 09, 2009

    I stand by my original post , and welcome you to check it out with someone else. In the meantime i don't think you were being very fair by giving me an "inapropriate rating" people give advise on this forum to be helpfull to you. 2 stars ( thanks for trying ) is the lowest rating you should ever give anyone , unless they are obviously trying to be a **** or insult you.

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    gord storey May 09, 2009

    I checked the el camino store website online. could not find a backup light switch for a 1986 however I did find one for a 1980

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    gord storey May 09, 2009

    OK thanks , I was wrong. Don't tell my wife that I admitted it.



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