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Old 02-06-2017, 09:06 AM   #1
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so here's the deal. i have a 98 saturn sl with a manual transmission. when i put it in reverse, there's no reverse lights. the reason is because the threads for where the reverse light switch screws in have been stripped. it doesn't screw in far enough to make the connection to whatever part it is that turns em on.

what part do i need to replace to fix this and is it too difficult to do at home?

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Old 02-06-2017, 08:43 PM   #2
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sometimes those Hayes manuals show these types of jobs,

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Old 02-08-2017, 02:03 AM   #3
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It's right there on top of the transmission as you've discovered. If you can see that it's stripped, you can reach it to replace it. Let's just hope that it's the threads on the sensor, and not the threads on the tranny case, that are stripped. Replacement should be available at most FLAPS, RockAuto, etc.

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Old 02-08-2017, 10:01 AM   #4
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Let's just hope that it's the threads on the sensor, and not the threads on the tranny case, that are stripped.

unfortunately it's the tranny that stripped. how on earth it happened i have no idea, but hey that's cars i guess im guessing i would have to swap out the entire tranny in this case?

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Old 02-08-2017, 10:13 AM   #5
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JB ( quick)WEld to the rescue( maybe) as long as you first verify the switch does function and it's proper placement does turn on the lights.

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Old 02-08-2017, 10:28 AM   #6
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You should try the JB Weld idea above first, and if that fails, another option is to cut the two wires that run to the switch, splice in enough wire to feed through the firewall, and install a toggle switch somewhere in the interior of the car.

Reverse lights would not automatically come on, but you could turn them on when needed. Might not pass muster with the state inspection.

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Old 02-08-2017, 10:48 AM   #7
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You should try the JB Weld idea above first, and if that fails, another option is to cut the two wires that run to the switch, splice in enough wire to feed through the firewall, and install a toggle switch somewhere in the interior of the car.

Reverse lights would not automatically come on, but you could turn them on when needed. Might not pass muster with the state inspection.
HIde the switch Inspector is outside looking for the light to come on- not looking to see if you're turning on a hidden switch, right?

Maybe it's possible to ductape/bind down the existing switch ,tight, to verify the REV lights will come on prior to JBQuick.

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Old 02-08-2017, 10:52 AM   #8
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Replace the transmission? Well, that'll make the transmission shop happy but seems rather overkill when the shift tower it's threaded into takes about 5 minutes to take off...lol

I could see running a manual switch (without cutting the current wires) as a temp fix until its above 50f outside to fix it properly but I wouldn't recommend cutting the wires when the "right" fix is as easy as changing a tire.

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Old 02-08-2017, 11:25 AM   #9
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Replace the transmission? Well, that'll make the transmission shop happy but seems rather overkill when the shift tower it's threaded into takes about 5 minutes to take off...lol.
Assy you're referring to (view E) is at bottom of parts diagram shown. NOthing, partswise , will spring out to be lost ,or forever stay disasembled, after the 4 bolts ( on the housing that the switch screws into)are removed?

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Old 02-08-2017, 11:32 AM   #10
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If the threads on the (functioning) switch are covered w/ a single wrap of teflon tape, it may be possible to get the JB QUICK to repair the housing threadsand still hold the switch tight, yet still allow the switch to be removed @ a later date, if needed.

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It's mechanically operated, things only move when you play with the linkage the shift cables attach to.

Only thing to be careful of is with the tower removed, there's nothing to stop you from selecting 2 gears at the same time and locking the transmission up until it's returned to 1 gear or less (handy if you need the engine crankshaft not to move).

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