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post #1 of 3 Old Oct 16th, 2008, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Reverse Light Switch - repairing intermittent or complete failure

Thanks to those who have posted so far re. this issue. Search "reverse light switch" in this forum for some help.

2000 Frontier Desert Runner SE V-6 2wd Manual trans.

I located my switch on passenger side of the trans; and determined it was bad by unpluging and using a continuity tester; should show continuity across the switch when shifter is in reverse (engine off...) I had nothing.

Switch is very difficult to access, but I did it w/ 19mm open end wrench, from below.

Got new switch finger tight but not able to tighten properly with a wrench, even after going in from the cab through the shifter boot opening.


1) How do I tighten the switch into place? Socket won't work, nor box wrench, nor open end wrench b/c of clearance. Will one of those floppy-end open end wrenches work? HELP!

2) I am back to "intermittent" operation of reverse lights. I want to tighten the switch to secure it in place, but at present it is effectively in it's operating position (it's not going to move farther into the housing when I tighten it, maybe and extra 1/32" if that)) The switch operates the lights when you close the circuit by pushing its button AWAY from the driver with the shifter, however I can get the lights to come on by pulling the shift lever TOWARD me. What do I need to do to get this thing to work proeperly? IS there a "shift pattern plate" of some sort inside the trans that needs to be tweaked... I would probably not be up for this...
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post #2 of 3 Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 02:42 PM
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My reverse light switch just went out on my truck. Just started to look into it. I have a 04 Frontier crew cab V6 2wd Manual trans.
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post #3 of 3 Old Jan 27th, 2009, 04:13 AM
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Can you use a bench grinder to grind a cheap 19mm open end wrench narrower to get access? Or do you need a stubby 19mm open end wrench, like I got at Pep Boys? What about Vise-grip pliers? There's always a way.
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