Reverse lights.

Tiny
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  • 1988 CHEVROLET TRUCK
  • 5.7L
  • V8
  • RWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 25,000 MILES
Reverse ligts dont work when shifted into reverse. Changed bulbs and all that and still nothing. Any ideas?
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 6:25 PM

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Tiny
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Are you getting power to the bulb sockets? Make sure you check your neutral safety switch that is located on the side of the transmission.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 6:48 PM
Tiny
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I dont have a way to test it.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 7:14 PM
Tiny
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That will be the first thing I would check, if you can get a hold of a meter or test light
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 7:21 PM
Tiny
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Would it be a problem if theres no wires on the park/neutral switch which is on the steering column?
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 7:31 PM
Tiny
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No the shifter on the steering column moves the safety neutral switch on the trans. That's where the electrical parts for reverse are located not the steering column
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 7:43 PM
Tiny
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So lets say if I do have power to the bulb sockets, what else would cause it not to work?
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 7:48 PM
Tiny
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If you had power to the bulbs and you replaced the bulbs already you would have to check if you getting ground to it
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 7:56 PM
Tiny
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Well on the driver side they have spilt the green wire and ran another piece to a bolt?
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 8:21 PM
Tiny
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Ok let me ask you are sure that there is power going to them sockets? We cannot continue until that is verified for sure
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 8:25 PM
Tiny
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Im not sure for the reverse lights, but the other ones yes.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 8:29 PM
Tiny
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Ok we have to check them they run from your safety neutral switch and your other lights don't.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 8:37 PM
Tiny
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Ohk, could I just use one of those testers that light up? Dont have a bunch of noney to get a voltmeter
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 8:39 PM
Tiny
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Yes the test light is best use for that since we are just checking for power and ground make sure you find a good ground to check the the sockets.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 8:42 PM
Tiny
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Ok, thanks alot. I sure will try it. Also have another question, but different subject.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 8:47 PM
Tiny
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Ok what you got
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 8:59 PM
Tiny
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Well my heater works for a little bit and then all of a sudden it starts to trip out and trys to turn on the fan, defroster, ac and heater and different vents at the same time and only way to make it stop is to pull the fuse. It was working fine until the compressor went out and I just by passed it.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2016 AT 10:53 PM
Tiny
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So im not getting any power to those sockets. Got a test light this morning.
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 AT 8:34 AM
Tiny
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Ok check the light green wire coming from the safety neutral switch on the trans. With the test light It should be located on the f slot here is a picture of it to give you a better idea.
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 AT 9:12 AM
Tiny
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So I can just have the key on and not the whole truck? Or should it matter? And does it need to be in reverse?
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 AT 9:19 AM
Tiny
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Ok theres two plugs. One on the driver side trans and one closer to the back?
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 AT 9:36 AM

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