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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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Where is transmission range sensor for 99 plymouth?


The TRS is a speed sensor located in the valved body, attached to the transaxle. It has a connector on one side, and the other side is a bolt holding it to the transaxle, and a rod plugged into the valve body. The transmission range sensor is located within the transaxle.To replace it or to check if the part fits you need to take apart the oil pan and valve body.


Here summary procedure:


Take off the battery negative cable.
Bleed oil.
Remove air cleaner assembly.
Put lever in first gear.
Disconnect the gear shift cable from lever.
Remove the manual valve lever from the shaft.
Disconnect the cable from TRS connector.
Raise vehicle on hoist.
Remove all the transmission oil pan bolts
Take off the transmission oil pan .
Remove the transmission oil filter
Undo the valve body-to-transaxle case bolts.
Remove the park rods from the guide bracket and pull off the valve body from transaxle.
Put the valve body on a work bench
Undo the t-25 torx screw holding the TRS.
Do operations in reverse order, when refitting torque the valve body bolts to 105 in lbs.


I hope this helps you,Ken.

Sep 14, 2012 | 1999 Dodge Caravan

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Where is the neutral safety switch


The backup lamps will light whenever the ignition switch is in the RUNposition and the transaxle is in REVERSE. On older vehicles, this function was handled by a dedicated switch with a name such as the Neutral/Safety Backup Light Switch, or something similar. This switch was designed to keep the engine from starting in any gear except PARK and/or NEUTRAL. The switch contacts also activated the backup lights when the transaxle was placed in REVERSE.

On the vehicles covered by this manual, the backup lamp control function is part of an integrated switch called the Transaxle Range switch (sometimes also called the Park/Neutral Position or PNP switch). In addition to turning on the backup lights, the Transaxle Range switches primary function is to transmit to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) the driver's transaxle range selection. The PCM uses this information to control both engine and transaxle functions electronically.

The Transaxle Range switch is mounted externally on the transaxle. New service replacement switches come pinned in the NEUTRAL position and no adjustment should be necessary. Please note that if the switch requires adjustment, GM recommends that their special tool J 41545 Park/Neutral Switch Alignment Tool be used to properly adjust the Transaxle Range switch, if required.



Removal & Installation

  1. Apply the parking brake and block the front wheels.
  2. Place the transaxle gear selector to NEUTRAL.
  3. Remove the air intake duct to access the switch located on the top of the transaxle at the range selector cable and arm.
  4. Disconnect the transaxle range selector cable.
  5. Detach the electrical connectors from the range selector switch.
  6. Remove the range selector lever retaining nut and lift off the lever.
  7. Unfasten the range selector switch mounting bolts, then remove the switch from the transaxle manual shaft.



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Where is the neutral safety switch on a 1998 buick regal?


Hi there:

The backup lamps will light whenever the ignition switch is in the RUN position and the transaxle is in REVERSE. On older vehicles, this function was handled by a dedicated switch with a name such as the Neutral/Safety Backup Light Switch, or something similar. This switch was designed to keep the engine from starting in any gear except PARK and/or NEUTRAL. The switch contacts also activated the backup lights when the transaxle was placed in REVERSE.


On the vehicles covered by this manual, the backup lamp control function is part of an integrated switch called the Transaxle Range switch (sometimes also called the Park/Neutral Position or PNP switch). In addition to turning on the backup lights, the Transaxle Range switches primary function is to transmit to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) the driver's transaxle range selection. The PCM uses this information to control both engine and transaxle functions electronically.


The Transaxle Range switch is mounted externally on the transaxle. New service replacement switches come pinned in the NEUTRAL position and no adjustment should be necessary. Please note that if the switch requires adjustment, GM recommends that their special tool J 41545 Park/Neutral Switch Alignment Tool be used to properly adjust the Transaxle Range switch, if required.


Removal & Installation

  1. Apply the parking brake and block the front wheels.
  2. Place the transaxle gear selector to NEUTRAL.
  3. Remove the air intake duct to access the switch located on the top of the transaxle at the range selector cable and arm.
  4. Disconnect the transaxle range selector cable.
  5. Detach the electrical connectors from the range selector switch.
  6. Remove the range selector lever retaining nut and lift off the lever.
  7. Unfasten the range selector switch mounting bolts, then remove the switch from the transaxle manual shaft.

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Back up lights


The problem lies in the transmission range selector switch (also known as the neutral safety switch), this switch is what power up the backup lights when you shift to reverse. The switch is located on the top of the transaxle.

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My backup (revese) lights do not work on both sides. I suspect that the reverse switch could bd faulty. All the fuses are oaky. Where is this switch located?


BACK-UP LIGHT SWITCH The back-up light switch is located at the upper left side of the transaxle case. The switch is screwed into the transaxle and serviced by replacement. No adjustment is possible.
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Also, first try to replace the bulbs.

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Also, if the above two solutions do not work, it could be a wiring problem.

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Need to replace a back up sensor


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