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1996 Cherokee back up lights don't work, tried replacing both of them. Still no good, other lights work, is there a fuse that could be blown, or is it the wiring?

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Hey brother. I had the same problem for months with my 98 cherokee sport. Tried everything, including the wiring. Eventually my truck started having issues cranking. It would crank fine, then you'd cut it off and try to crank again and nothing. I had just purchased a new battery not even 6 mos earlier so I knew it was nothing to do with a batt, starter, or alternator. Turns out after much web research it was my Neutral Safety Switch. This controls the vehicles ability to crank only in Park or Neutral and in Jeeps it controls the reverse lights too. Actually the first sign of one going bad in a jeep is the reverse lights stop working! Its a simple fix, I actually did it myself and I know next to nothin about cars. The problem is the cost of the freaking part. If you have a 3 speed automatic its like 13 bucks, if its a 4 like mine it starts at like 270 bucks, and after labor its a nightmare for such a simple fix!!! A ridiculous difference, but that's the deal. I know a few people including my dad in the car business, so it was much less painful for me! However, it can be bypassed, but if it is basically count on your reverse lights never working again. Take it to any garage and they will test it and let you know. One more thing, if it ever does get to the point of not cranking out of the blue, while turning the key on the ignition, jiggle the shifter while its in park, if nothing try the same thing in neutral and it should fire right up! Hope this helps, my bills in the mail!! LOL

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There is a fuse for your reverse lights, but I think your brake and tail lights wouldn't work if it was blown, check the fuse panel and replace any fuses that are blown.
Wiring is what I would suspect the least, check the reverse light switch usually mounted on the transmission,sometimes they work their way out of adjustment, may just need to be adjusted.
Good luck !

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Pull the bulbs, and with a volt meter, and the trany in rev. see if you have 12 volts at the pigtail, if not you may have a bad wire or relay.

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Try replacing your brake light switch .

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