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Backup lights not working

I have a 2001 vw Jetta TDI w/ manual transmission. Both backup lights are out. All other lights are fine. I determined with a continuity tester that no electricity is getting to the light. I've heard that the sensor at the shifter can wear out or get dirty and cause the problem, but I'd like to get a more expert opinion before I start tearing into that. Recommendations? If the shifter is the right place to start, what should I look for? Thanks

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There is a connector on the top of the manual transmission. It is close to the battery box. It should face forward, meaning you can detach the connector from the (reverse) sensor by pulling the connector towards the front of the car. A possible issue is that this connector has gotten dirty or is not making a good connection. Check out this connector first to see if it looks clean and in good shape. The connector only has 2 electrical connections, kind of like small spade terminals in the connector. Make sure they are clean and making good connection with the sensor on the top of the tranny.

It's also possible to remove the reverse sensor from the transmission. It's in a cylindrical black plastic housing tha covers the portion of the shift linkage that actually enters the transmission. The sensor itself is pretty rugged, but it's possible that this black plastic housing has come loose or dislodged.

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