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Old 04-20-2011, 08:09 PM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
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Default Replacing the Backup Light Switch

I have a 97 5 speed XLT. I know the backup light switch is on the transmission near the shift lever.

My question is do I remove it from below the vehicle or do I remove the shift lever boot and replace it from within the cab?

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:17 PM
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Default Re: Replacing the Backup Light Switch

7/8 closed end wrench from the bottom. Just did mine.
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:04 AM
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Thanks Huck. I appreciate your help. Dan
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:02 PM
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Default Re: Replacing the Backup Light Switch

It was quite easy, when you know where the part is to replace. I'd found a picture on the web that said it was at the back of the transmission on the passenger side. The wiring harness can be a hassle, I just loosened the attachment point near the switch. Then I found this...



$10 bucks for this... (this is the old one)





A single wrench and 5 minutes later, Backup Light work again! It took longer to jack it up and prepare to replace it!

Next, the anti-lock brake sensor (when it arrives).
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:47 AM
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Recently did this myself and now reverse lights are stuck on.. is the metal rod inside the hole supposed to be realigned after R&R of the switch? ?

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Or is it possible Autistic zone gave me a bad switch?
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Old 05-27-2015, 06:01 PM
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Actually, leaving it alone for the last month and a half and the mysterious "Ford Pixies" fixed it apparently...

So the reverse lights work as they should.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:50 PM
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Hmm, that is interesting Understm8ed. I actually have a 2002 5 spd now and I tried a backup light switch from O Really's that did the same thing - my reverse lights got stuck on. I tested the continuity in the switch and the switch was in fact not switching... Fail. I returned it twice. After trying 3 new switches of the same brand from O Really's (the brand was MasterPro Ignition) with all of them having the same being-stuck-on problem, I gave up and looked elsewhere. I didn't wait a month like you did - I only waited about a week tops. I guess I wasn't as patient as you, haha. Only other place I could find it was NAPA's online store. Got one from them (the brand was called Mileage Plus Electrical). MPE brand from NAPA worked; reverse lights fixed.
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Hmm, that is interesting Understm8ed. I actually have a 2002 5 spd now and I tried a backup light switch from O Really's that did the same thing - my reverse lights got stuck on. I tested the continuity in the switch and the switch was in fact not switching... Fail. I returned it twice. After trying 3 new switches of the same brand from O Really's (the brand was MasterPro Ignition) with all of them having the same being-stuck-on problem, I gave up and looked elsewhere. I didn't wait a month like you did - I only waited about a week tops. I guess I wasn't as patient as you, haha. Only other place I could find it was NAPA's online store. Got one from them (the brand was called Mileage Plus Electrical). MPE brand from NAPA worked; reverse lights fixed.
Well Im going to a Napa store tomorrow then since I'm off because I'm getting tired of not having them and having to roll the window down, crane my head out, using the brake lights while driving backwards... I look like fucking Jim Carry in that movie driving that monster truck only im not that lifted and no one wants to play with me either... LOL

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4 days after my last post the Ford fairies must have realized I wasnt deserving of my reverse lights and stripped their magic dust from me... the little shits!

Badminton anyone?
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Old 07-22-2015, 03:11 PM
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I also have a 97 5 speed. I have power to the switch. No backup lights. 3 switches and a new pigtail later... No backup lights. Any thoughts?
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I also have a 97 5 speed. I have power to the switch. No backup lights. 3 switches and a new pigtail later... No backup lights. Any thoughts?
people mention the rod inside, yours could be bent, misaligned, fell out or broke. I havent gotten my head between the trans and the frame yet to diagnose my own issue which is mostly mine stay on. Maybe we should switch issues.. lol

I had the last two days off after working 8 but I needed to unload my mind and I went out having some fun instead. Next day off I'll figure it out fo sho.
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:02 PM
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Thanks. Please let me know what you find. I'm 63 and don't bend under cars like I used to. Ed
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