REVERSE LIGHTS ARE NOT WORKING ON MY WIFES DODGE...

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  • 2002 Dodge Durango
  • 167,850 miles

REVERSE LIGHTS ARE NOT WORKING ON MY WIFES DODGE DURANGO. WE HAVE CHECKED THE FUSES, CHANGED BULBS AND STILL NOT WORKING.A FRIEND MENTIONED THE NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH HARNESS?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 AT 1:18 AM

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  • caradiodoc
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Look on the left rear corner of the transmission to see if there's a three-wire connector. If there is, that is the neutral safety switch and backup light switch. By 2006 they changed the circuit to a stupidly complicated computer switching circuit. I don't know which year that started.

If you have that plug, turn on the ignition switch, disconnect that plug, and use a stretched-out cotter pin or paper clip, or even a needle nose pliers to connect the two outer terminals in the plug. If you look closely when you do that and you see a tiny spark, that means current is flowing and the backup lights are on. If you can't see that spark, you or a helper will have to look if the lights turned on. If they do, that proves the entire rest of the circuit is okay and you need to replace the switch.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013 AT 9:18 AM
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  • Ryan Carrico
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What if after I tried that nothing happens no spark or reverse lights

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Friday, July 15th, 2016 AT 6:53 AM
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  • caradiodoc
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Break in a wire, two burned-out bulbs, wrong bulbs, breaks on the flexible circuits if you have that type on the backs of the housings.

With the ignition switch turned on, test for voltage on the neutral safety switch connector. One terminal must have 12 volts. If it's missing, look for a cut / corroded wire or a blown fuse.

All of this assumes you have the older three-terminal neutral safety switch that was used all the way back to the early '60s. On the newer designs, a smaller switch turns on a ridiculously-over-complicated computer circuit that turns on the backup lights. For those, suspect the computer. I'll have to dig up a wiring diagram if that becomes necessary to figure this out.

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Saturday, July 16th, 2016 AT 2:41 PM

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