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My reverse lights do not work on my 2001 Beetle TDI 5spd. and I did replace the switch/sensor on trans under the hood. What do I look for next?

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Have someone put it in reverse and hold on the brakes while you check for voltage on the harness. It should read 12v. If you have power, then you have the wrong bulbs installed. If not, retrace the wires until you find the circuit at fault. this is very time consuming and frustrating. take your time.

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