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1998 Pontiac Sunfire backup lamp (reverse lights) are not working. Replaced bulbs. Worked once then quit. Cleaned out bulb receptacles. One bulb worked but the other did not . Bought another set of bulbs. Nothing is working now.

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  • Anonymous Aug 22, 2008

    I have a 2000 sunfire and the exact same thing happened last week. I tried new bulbs and no help. My next step is to buy a new "socket" (plastic piece that the bulb goes into that connects to the wires). I'll post back if it works.

  • simani Aug 29, 2008

    I have a 1999 Sunfire and the backup lights stopped working. Have replaced both bulbs and sockets. The dealer sold me the sockets and 3057 bulbs which they said were correct. They are dual filament. I went to Napa auto parts where they told me the correct bulb is a 3156 (single filament) but this does not fit into the socket sold by the dealer. I have seen documentation at both places.

    The switching is sound as it is a manual transmission and I have 12vdc at each plug when expected. As soon as I connect the bulbs they do not light and the supply voltage drops to 0. Expect conducting around bulb in the socket but there is no excessive current and the fuse is OK. Suspect mavbe the supply power.

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I see this a lot at the autoparts store I work at....

Go to your local parts store and inquire about a backup light switch. Be specific though because there is also a backup/neutral safety switch (for manual vehichles) this is not the part you want.

In most cases you will have power at the pigtail but when put in reverse the switch will not function properly and actually cut power to the lights. I offer no garanty that this will solve your problem, it is just an issue I see often and is typically the solution.

FYI: I sell 100 bulbs a day and can tell you that in a lot of cases (GM cars especially) depending on which factory your car came out of they could have used different pigtails (sockets) which require different bulbs, try one of each bulb number in the original socket and see which one fits, that one will be correct (there should also be print at the bottom of the old bulb with the correct part number on it (ignore any letters they dont mean anything).

Good luck, Hope I was of some help.

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