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Reverse Lights Permanently On

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07 Sep 2017 17:39 #183934 by furo
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Hi folks,

I was off-roading at the weekend and since then my reverse lights are on all the time (apart from when I reverse haha). Does anyone know what the problem might be and how it could be fixed?

Many thanks!

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07 Sep 2017 18:15 #183935 by Riccy
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Theres wires on the side of the gearbox which tell the light to come on by shorting to negative. i would guess you have snapped a wire on that sensor maybe?

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07 Sep 2017 19:42 #183936 by furo
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Thank you!

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08 Sep 2017 13:43 #183943 by furo
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Hi @Riccy, I had a good look and unfortunately couldn't find any wires coming off the gearbox. Where specifically should it be?

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08 Sep 2017 16:55 #183948 by mickt
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Right on top of the box at the front. Double jointed neck and small hands a must!!
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10 Sep 2017 21:53 #183988 by Busta
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It will most likely be the reverse switch on top of the gearbox. Laying on top of the engine, reach around behind the cylinder head and you will find a large nut (24mm?) with 2 wires coming out of it.

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11 Sep 2017 19:22 #184026 by furo
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Thank you very much for your help. I think I have located it, what do I do now? Just pull it out?

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12 Sep 2017 16:58 #184054 by Riccy
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You just need to check the wires are connected still. it will need a large spanner to remove the sensor completely.

Use a multimeter to test the sensor before trying to swap it - continuity should be between the two terminals when its in reverse, not there if not in reverse gear. If thats ok, then its a wire fault somewhere along its length, or a bad earth/negative connection.

Jimnys use negative (-) switching for most electrical stuff so its basically making a connection to negative on the two wires (i.e. one of the wires will be connected to a earthing point somewhere nearby and the other will go the negative terminal of the lamp). the reverse lamp will have a permanent fused live (+) to the bulb and the negative (-) is switched by that sensor on the gearbox.

If your lights are permanently on then theres probably a damaged wire shorting to earth/negative somewhere so i would be checking the wires for damage or fraying somewhere as most likely candidate (if the sensor is ok).

2007 with M16 VVT, R7me gearbox,
235/75r15 Maxxis M/T, 3.9 diffs & rocklobster,
5.5" total lift, Zookbob HD steering shock,
ARB lockers, Custom front bumper/guard & rack,
Arches, CB, Light bar, rocksliders, diffs/shocks/t-box/fuel guards,
Snorkel + K&N panel, Tow points & 13500lb Winchmax, Buzzweld...

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12 Sep 2017 17:51 #184063 by furo
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That's great, thank you very much.

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13 Sep 2017 06:31 #184073 by Busta
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Unplug the switch. If the lights go off the problem is the switch.

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