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Old 06-08-2014, 05:16 PM   #1
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Reverse lights?

Ever since I bought my car, the reverse lights have not worked. I assumed it was something dumb like burnt out bulbs or something but I never messed with it cause it wasn't a huge deal for me. Just installed smoked tail lights and sequentials this weekend. I put 8 new bulbs in for the entirety of the tail lights because I figured why not. They still do not work. I have new bulbs and its a whole new wiring harness on both sides for the sequentials, which work perfect. It's still just the reverse lights that don't work, everything else is fine. Any ideas?
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Did you check the fuses?
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I would guess it's the sensor knowing you're in reverse. In my vehicles, when I park on a hill (key on) and put it in reverse to park, they are on until I take the key out (or off?). I am not an expert, but if the bulbs are good (not the bulbs, then), and if the other lights are working (not the wiring), I would guess it's that component.
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Good point ultarc, theres a plug in the side of the transmission for that. Only reason I know is I had to make a new plug when I installed my tremec.
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I would guess it's the sensor knowing you're in reverse. In my vehicles, when I park on a hill (key on) and put it in reverse to park, they are on until I take the key out (or off?). I am not an expert, but if the bulbs are good (not the bulbs, then), and if the other lights are working (not the wiring), I would guess it's that component.
Hmm, how would I go about checking that out?
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Hmm, how would I go about checking that out?
I just know there is a sensor. I wish I could be more help, but I don't know more. I would think the point you're at, it's either the wiring or the sensor. Since the rest work, I would lean towards the sensor. I imagine there is a way to pull the sensor and check it, but really it could be many different things.

I would guess the sensor could be broken,
The sensor mounting could be damaged/broken and not holding it right,
It could have just fallen out or the tranny could have been worked on and never put back properly.

I'd bet there are more possibilities, but I wouldn't jump right to buying a new one. If it were me, I would go to a Ford dealer and say "Help!" and then go from there lol. If I wanted to do it myself, I would find out how to pull it, and how it works, then try it on my own and see if the sensor is functioning- as if it needs to be pushed on, or moved a certain way. I imagine it is just pressure based. But if the dealer says what's up, then you can fix it yourself. If you diagnose it yourself, then just fix it yourself. I definitely wouldn't be paying for that. Experience from Jason can aide in the process of it, since he is a bit familiar.

Also, nice looking 'Stang, Jason.
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Good point ultarc, theres a plug in the side of the transmission for that. Only reason I know is I had to make a new plug when I installed my tremec.
Ah, thank you. I'll do some more research and look into that.
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The sensor screws into the side of the tranny, has two prongs on it. The plug is a rubber cap with two wires and runs to the back of the car......but id still check fuses first just so you don't go through extra trouble for nothing. And thanks altarc!
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Sensor looks like this
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Oh and plug
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Thanks you very much guys, ill check the fuses then look at that sensor. Appreciate the help!
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