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Reversing Lights on 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon

The reversing lights are not working, but the bulbs are O.K.
Is it the Transaxle Range Sensor, and if so, where is it located?
Could it be a disconnected wire? Best place to look?
or a broken wire at the rear door?

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  • RollingHome Aug 01, 2008

    Does the door relay just pop out from the fuse panel in the same way that the fuses do, or will I damage the door relay if I try to unplug it?

  • RollingHome Aug 09, 2008

    The problem was actually a broken wire coming into the rear hatch door at the top left. Found it fairly easily and fixed it.

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Check fuses for door relay

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