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Reversing lights do not come on when engaging reverse on vw 68 bay camper

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Firstly look on the gearbox and u will see a switch with a two wire plug going in to it . Pull it off, then bridge the wires with a split pin. If your lights work then it wants a reverse light switch if it doest check the fuses and bulbs

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Backup lights do not work...1987 bulbs installed, all other lights work reverse, with lights on, backup lights do not come on. Where is the backup light switch? There is a set...

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There are access panel for these vehicles all the way toward the back just ahead of the transmission on the under side of the vehicle (floor board center remove the bolts to expose the shift rod mechanisms often time s they are broken or worn inspect and repair, there is also a mechanism up front you must remove the rubber boot to expose the hold down bolts for the shifter mechanism you may be able to readjust after greasing the mechanism to regain function, either way these are not easy mechanisms to work on be sure to scribe around the perimeter location of mounting plate on the front shifter before unbolting just as a reference point.

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