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I have a 1989 ford F150 xlt and my reverse lighta dont work

I have a 1989 ford F150 xlt and all my lights work except for my reverse lights they wont work but my tail lights and brake lights will work but my reverse lights wont work and Ive i thought it was my park neutral switch so i hooked the wires up both ways but it didn't work i don't know if i need a new one or what.

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  • Trtala May 12, 2009

    yea its a manual transmission and my park neutral switch had been disconnected when i got it and it wasn't connected so i reconnected it and tried the two wires hooked up both ways and they still wont work.

  • Trtala May 12, 2009

    its an automatic

  • Trtala May 12, 2009

    sorry its a automatic not a manual

  • Trtala May 12, 2009

    Its a Automatic sorry for the confusing

  • Trtala May 12, 2009

    ok all try that tomorrow when i get home and now i have another problem with it its running ruff when its in park or neutral and when i put it in reverse or drive it almost dies and the battery gauge goes down in power and i think its the o2 censer but not sure.

  • Trtala May 14, 2009

    ok thanks but there is a switch on the side of the trans mission the wires r purple and pink and the switch is right under the driver door and the wires r cut and idk wat it does or what can u tell me what its for becuase i think thats wats wrogn with the reverse lights because the fuse works and the siganls work.

  • Trtala May 14, 2009

    the piece that slides on over the shift linkage is it under the truck or in the dash bored or where at?

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    the switch must b bad because it still doesn't work so i guess im gonna have to buy a neutral safety now and see if it works then

  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    one of your posts says it's standard trans, the next says auto??? Which is it???

  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    Manual transmissions have a back up light switch mounted on the transmission. Is your truck a standard trans, or auto?

  • dustang25 May 11, 2010

    is this a manual transmission? i don't understand what you mean " you hooked them up both ways"


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Ok i understand now the easiest thing for you to do is just get something to connect the two wires together,( like a short piece of wire ) bypassing the switch. have someone watch the reverse lights while you do this. if the lights come on then you need a switch. if not you have a bad wire or fuse/ fusible link. you can use a test light to see if you have power to the switch, one wire should have power and the other leads to the reverse lights. you can test the switch itself with a ohm meter, or continuity tester aswell if you have one. if you need more help i am here for you... dustang

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  • dustang25 May 12, 2009

    the test i told you was for a manual trans. the automatic is different. manual trans has a switch that screws in, the auto has a piece that slides on over the shift linkage. you need to make sure you are messing with the right wires or you might start blowing fuses.

  • dustang25 May 12, 2009

    i have a diagram here for an 87, i don't know if they're the same or not. i will check my 89 book tomorrow, it is at the shop. according to the 87 the wire colors are purple/orange and black/pink. hope this helps you. the test can be done pretty much the same as i told you for the manual. on the 87 fuse #5 is the power for the reverse lights, but it also powers the turn signals so if they work the fuse is fine.

  • dustang25 May 13, 2009

    i checked the 89 model diagram and it shows the same color wires.

  • dustang25 May 14, 2009

    i would say that that wire you found cut is the most likely cause for your problem. the switch should be on the driver side of the transmission by the shift linkage. if you reconnect it you should have reverse lights unless the switch is bad.


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