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The transmission switch is what operates the...... (archive)

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Posted by John A on April 16, 2002 at 18:29:53:

In Reply to: backup lights not working... questions posted by Derek on April 16, 2002 at 18:00:57:

...backup lights. Rather than a bad switch, most of the time the problem is a broken wire. The wire to the switch threads through a hole in the rubber inner shift boot. It gets wiggled every time the shifter is moved. When I replaced the inner boot, I found that the wire was broken (not the insulation, just the conductor).
88 ///M3 Cinnabar

Hi all,

My backup lights do not turn on when I'm on reverse. All my fuses are OK. The bulbs look OK, too. A friend mentioned that in his E36 M3 and on his VW, there is a switch on the transmission that you can flip and this fixes the problem. Does this apply to our cars, too? If so, where is it?

TIA for any help.


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