Reverse lights

Tiny
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  • 1995 DODGE SPIRIT
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  • 246,000 MILES
Reverse lights won't come on. Fuse is ok, just changed the neutral safety switch. Bulbs are new. Would it be the selector switch in the steering column? Thanks
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Thursday, January 27th, 2011 AT 2:43 PM

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Tiny
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Turn the ignition switch on, unplug the neutral safety switch, then use a stretched out paper clip or cotter pin to connect the two outer terminals in the switch connector. If you see a tiny spark, the lights should be on. That means the new switch isn't working. (Unlikely).

If the lights still don't turn on, check fuses next. Also check for 12 volts on one of those two outer wires in the connector for the neutral safety switch. If you have 12 volts on one of them, check for 12 volts on the bulb socket in the back. I can't remember when they switched from the round brass base bulbs to the flat plastic ones. If you have the round ones yet, check if they use a pushed-in ground terminal in the side of the socket that is corroded.

(I'll be back in a few hours).

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Thursday, January 27th, 2011 AT 9:36 PM
Tiny
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Thanks again. I have the lights that have the electrical end that is flat. They are the same bulbs as the stop and signal and park. Thanks
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Thursday, January 27th, 2011 AT 11:44 PM
Tiny
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Was the switch the problem?
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Friday, January 28th, 2011 AT 5:18 AM
Tiny
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The lights still don't come on. Would it be the shift switch in the steering column?
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Friday, January 28th, 2011 AT 2:08 PM
Tiny
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There is no switch in the column. Current flows from the battery through the ignition switch, the neutral safety switch, to the light sockets, to ground. Somewhere in there after the ignition switch is a fuse. Do you have 12 volts on one of the two outer terminals in the neutral safety switch connector?

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Friday, January 28th, 2011 AT 6:36 PM

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