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Old 05 May 2009, 07:21 am   #1 (permalink)
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I can't pass the state inspection because this reverse light is not
on. If it's not the bulb, where else could it be? I hate to pay the
shop $135 just to figure out something. I've already spent $185 fixing
a useless flex pipe for the inspection. These shops appear to take the
opportunity to make money off the state inspection.

My car is 1994 4 cyl. Camry.

Thanks for the help,
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Old 05 May 2009, 08:31 am   #2 (permalink)
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Fuse, switch, wiring.....

If it was my car, I would satrt at the fuse panel and work to the rear
of the car. There is a switch that is turned on when you shift to
reverse. For a manual transmission, this switch is screwed into the
transmission. Find it, and make sure you have power to the switch.
Then verify you have power out of the switch when you shift the
transmission to reverse. The manual transmission switch looks like
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1481626. For an
automatic, the reversing lamp switch is included in the transmission
range sensor (I beleive this is mounted on the side of the
transmission and looks like
http://info.rockauto.com/SMP/SMPDetail2.html?NS142.jpg). This item
includes botht he back up light switch and the neutral safety switch.
You'll need to figure out which lead is for which application (neutral
safety switch is on when in park or neutral, back-up light switch is
on when in reverse). If you have power throught the switch, but not at
the light sockets at the rear, you'll need to look for a broken wire
or a loose connector. A wiring diagram for your car would be really
helpful at this point. Lucky for you, Autozone has one on line. See
http://repairguide.autozone.com/znet...52801cce3d.gif.
You also need to verify you have a good ground at the back-up light
socket at the rear. Check this first!

Ed

"cpliu" <spamfreeliu@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>I can't pass the state inspection because this reverse light is not
> on. If it's not the bulb, where else could it be? I hate to pay the
> shop $135 just to figure out something. I've already spent $185
> fixing
> a useless flex pipe for the inspection. These shops appear to take
> the
> opportunity to make money off the state inspection.
>
> My car is 1994 4 cyl. Camry.
>
> Thanks for the help,



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Old 05 May 2009, 08:19 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Sign up for Autozone's free repair guide and do a check of either the
backup light switch or neutral safety switch depending on manual or
automatic transmission. At least that will tell you if it's at the
switch or downstream.

On May 5, 5:21*am, cpliu <spamfree...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> I can't pass the state inspection because this reverse light is not
> on. If it's not the bulb, where else could it be? I hate to pay the
> shop $135 just to figure out something. I've already spent $185 fixing
> a useless flex pipe for the inspection. These shops appear to take the
> opportunity to make money off the state inspection.
>
> My car is 1994 4 cyl. Camry.
>
> Thanks for the help,


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Old 07 May 2009, 04:41 am   #4 (permalink)
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cpliu wrote:
> I can't pass the state inspection because this reverse light is not
> on. If it's not the bulb, where else could it be? I hate to pay the
> shop $135 just to figure out something. I've already spent $185 fixing
> a useless flex pipe for the inspection. These shops appear to take the
> opportunity to make money off the state inspection.
>
> My car is 1994 4 cyl. Camry.
>
> Thanks for the help,

For me with me doing most of the repairs I figure it costs something
like 100 dollars to go one thousand miles. That's pretty much all costs
gas, oil changes, tires, repairs, insurance, depreciation, a windshield
now and then and that's without anything major like a complete
transmission or engine.
And if it were my car I'd be using a DOV meter to check the sockets
and track back to the switches mentioned in other posts and find where
the problem is an fix it. It might just need an adjustment on the
transmission selector switch. I'd also be checking the dog bone that
keeps the engine from rocking to much, to make sure the new flex pipe
doesn't have to flex to much and shortens the life of it.
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Old 12 May 2009, 07:28 am   #5 (permalink)
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On May 5, 9:31*am, "C. E. White" <cewhi...@removemindspring.com>
wrote:
> Fuse, switch, wiring.....
>
> If it was my car, I would satrt at the fuse panel and work to the rear
> of the car. There is a switch that is turned on when you shift to
> reverse. For a manual transmission, this switch is screwed into the
> transmission. Find it, and make sure you have power to the switch.
> Then verify you have power out of the switch when you shift the
> transmission to reverse. The manual transmission switch looks likehttp://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1481626.


Thanks for the help. Mine is manual. Where do I access that switch?
from inside the car or from below? I hope I don't need to disassemble
the transmission in order to see it.

Thanks,

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Old 12 May 2009, 07:29 am   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you all the advice. I will check them out.
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Old 13 May 2009, 06:38 am   #7 (permalink)
C. E. White
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The switch is screwed into the side of the transmission.

Ed

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On May 5, 9:31 am, "C. E. White" <cewhi...@removemindspring.com>
wrote:
> Fuse, switch, wiring.....
>
> If it was my car, I would satrt at the fuse panel and work to the
> rear
> of the car. There is a switch that is turned on when you shift to
> reverse. For a manual transmission, this switch is screwed into the
> transmission. Find it, and make sure you have power to the switch.
> Then verify you have power out of the switch when you shift the
> transmission to reverse. The manual transmission switch looks
> likehttp://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1481626.


Thanks for the help. Mine is manual. Where do I access that switch?
from inside the car or from below? I hope I don't need to disassemble
the transmission in order to see it.

Thanks,


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Old 13 May 2009, 05:25 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Mine went bad on my '92 and after doing some research I found that the
problem is commonly the wiring harness where it goes between the body
and the trunk lid. It bends there each time the trunk is opened.
That's where it was on mine. If you get a wireing diagram that tells
which wire it is use a sharp probe with a voltmeter to see if there's
juice on the body side but not on the trunk side. If that's the case
splice in a new piece.

On Tue, 5 May 2009 05:21:08 -0700 (PDT), cpliu <spamfreeliu@yahoo.com>
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>I can't pass the state inspection because this reverse light is not
>on. If it's not the bulb, where else could it be? I hate to pay the
>shop $135 just to figure out something. I've already spent $185 fixing
>a useless flex pipe for the inspection. These shops appear to take the
>opportunity to make money off the state inspection.
>
>My car is 1994 4 cyl. Camry.
>
>Thanks for the help,

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