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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee back up lights don't go on when I shift to reverse. I can get them to come on if I move the shifter to a point between reverse and neutral. But, then I can't back up because I'm not in reverse.

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  • stegmeis Jun 29, 2009

    That's what I figured it was. However, I don't know where it is or how to fix it.

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Shift select switch-faulty or out of adjustment.

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