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Hi all. I'm replacing my faulty reverse light switch (the one that's installed on the transmission) tomorrow. Anyone got any tips for removing the old one and installing the new one?
 

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You end up getting this taken care of? I really need to do mine.. It used to flicker on and off and now it wont even turn them on... I don't really care except in parking lots and parallel parking downtown is a ***** when people don't know your backing up.
 

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Hey all i'm working on my reverse switch now and when I disconnected the connector that joins the switch to the wires running to the lights I found that it was saturated with oil. It was'nt gunky oil either. What kind of oil do you think this is? Manual trans oil? I looked around and I think the oil is coming from where the switch connects to the trans. Maybe it leaked out through the threads? Do you think if I dry out the switch it might work? Maybe I don't need a new switch. Any ideas?
 

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Hey all i'm working on my reverse switch now and when I disconnected the connector that joins the switch to the wires running to the lights I found that it was saturated with oil. It was'nt gunky oil either. What kind of oil do you think this is? Manual trans oil? I looked around and I think the oil is coming from where the switch connects to the trans. Maybe it leaked out through the threads? Do you think if I dry out the switch it might work? Maybe I don't need a new switch. Any ideas?

hi your switch shouldnt full of oil. If it is, then you need to replace it.
 

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I replaced my switch this past weekend. You'll need a 19mm wrench or socket. I could not get my old one off w/ an open end wrench. I wound up cutting the wires and using a closed end wrench. The switch is too deep for a regular socket and there isn't room for a deep socket. :)

Attached is a picture of the underside of the tranny. The switch is to the right.
 

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I didn't have a 19mm flare nut wrench. That's a fairly large size.
 

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A trip down to the local auto parts store or Sears would be a good place to find one. They are not really that expensive. Even a flare nut crows foot might have worked.
 

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A trip down to the local auto parts store or Sears would be a good place to find one. They are not really that expensive. Even a flare nut crows foot might have worked.
Probably not. It was way too tight for a crow's foot.

I made the original post so folks would know what size wrench they need.
 

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Great info... I have needed to do this for years
 

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did replace my, see the video, is a 5 speed
Awesome video. I just tried to get this switch off my truck the other day using a flare wrench. No bueno. I had no room to turn the wrench once it got a solid hold. So I'm thinking the crowfoot like in this video may be the way to go.

Thanks.
 
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