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Back up lights

My back up lights will not turn on when i shift into reverse. i checked the bulbs and they are all still good.

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There is a switch near the shifter (button) i belive it is that.

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I would check the fuse. There should be a diagram on the inside of the fuse panel cover that will show you which fuse it is that controls the reverse lights.

You can also go to any auto parts store and most will locate the fuse for you and likely replace it if you purchase the fuse for it (you may even have spares in the fuse panel).

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Where is the switch to reverse flow?

-You mean the back up switch that turn on the back up light...?
-No light when you back up...? Possibly burn bulb or fuse as well.
Check the two above first before do any adjustment the safety switch.
It's on the transmission that the shift linkage connect to.. The whole assembly. Usually this piece is last for ever. It might need to adjust only.
-Here in case you want to adjust for back up so it can turn on the back up light.
-Lose couple bolt that hold it then ask some one to help to turn the key to on. No start. Then shift to reverse. and now you can turn the whole assembly back more or forward more to turn the on the light. When the light is working then just tight it down. You're done.
Now your helper can shift to park. and try couple more to see if it work or not.

Good luck


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Fix reversing lights

Back up lights are normally controlled by a switch at the bottom of the steering column (column shift automatic trans) or in the console (console shifted automatics) or switch screwed into the side of the transmission (stick shift cars) If all fuses are good and bulbs are good, find location of switch and test for current to it and through it when in reverse.

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My brake lights work my turn signals work but my rear back up lights don't work

Hi - sorry your having problems with your back up lights.
Let's do a quick check and simple first.
1 - remove the bulbs to see if they are burnt out- YES on occasion both will be out at the same time because one out isn't always noticed.
2- once we establish the bulbs are good - check your fuses. In the owners manual they will be labeled or on the fuse box cover. Some fuses are under the dash and some are under the hood and sometimes these must both be checked.
3 if the fuses are good you will need to check the adjustment at the shift lever/ transmission.
There is a switch that makes a connections and 'grounds' the wire making the lights light up. This must be checked for power with the car in reverse and jacked up and carefully put on jack stands. Many major injuries happen during this procedure so just be extra careful and it is best to have someone with you.
Be sure to check back if my suggestions don't cure the problem.
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theres a reverse indicator sensor on the trans axle that tells the pcm to turn on those lites does the R on the icp illuminate when u put it in reverse?
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Reverse lights will not work and I have replaced the bulbs and the fuse

There is a switch that controls the Neutral Safety Switch, and the Back-Up lights with the automatic transmission.

Manual trans usually have a single switch mounted where the shift rail inside the trans causes a switch to turn on the Back-up lights when you shift into reverse. Just a Back-up switch @ 15.00 + Ship on eBay for this type.

good luck

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