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Old 08-05-2017, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default Back Up Light Switch - manual transmission

Well it took a lot of years, but it finally went. Just posting for future searches that might help others.

Located on the top of the transmission, and easy to pop in and out. I've seen posts claiming that the battery tray might have to be removed for certain years, but this was not the case for my '95. All I did was remove the intake tube, and that was just to give me a more clear shot. Probably could have done it with the tube in place.

All you need is a 7/8" deep well socket, or any type of wrench that will fit and give clearance. I probably could have done it with a short adjustable wrench.

The part I picked up was from Autozone, part #DR4030. About $18.


Though I suspected the switch due to both lights not working, I pulled the bulbs just to check them. It made me realize that since buying this car new, I've never had to remove a back up light yet. They had a real thick dielectric of some sort, almost like wax. And I was shocked that there are a dual element bulb just like the brake/running lights and others. Both elements light up for the reverse lights, and those little suckers heat up quick.

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Old 02-04-2020, 06:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Back Up Light Switch - manual transmission

Well, that switch was short lived! Checked it out after noticing a strange flash from the back. The same symptom shows on a meter as well, temporary contact then resistance ramps up quickly.

Of course it's out of warranty, and of course hard to find locally. So I did find one, this time from Advance Auto, and it was dead out of the box! So they brought another one in, and I finally have back up lights again.

And I confirmed my earlier suspicion. I replaced the switch with nothing more than an adjustable wrench. If a person had a shortish 7/8" combo or ratchet wrench that would probably work also. The 7/8 combo I have is long and would have made it more difficult.

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Old 02-04-2020, 11:45 AM   #3
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Default Re: Back Up Light Switch - manual transmission

The backup lights never worked in my '98. If I short the conductors on the connector to the switch the lights go on. I got a new switch from Rock Auto. Should I get one from the junkyard?

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Default Re: Back Up Light Switch - manual transmission

The bulbs do get hot when on for extended periods - like aircraft landing lights.

The trick is - they are not supposed to be turned on for extended periods..

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Old 02-06-2020, 10:04 PM   #5
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Default Re: Back Up Light Switch - manual transmission

This was one of the easiest repairs I ever did to this car, like literally less than a minute to change. Maybe I got a good one, I changed it 7 years ago and it's still going strong

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