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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-25-2007, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Back up lights not working

My zuk failed a safety inspection because the reverse lights do not work.
What I found is that my reverse light switch and 5th gear switch were hooked together (wonder why the lights don't work)

I have searched the engine compartment for the connector to hook the reverse lights into, but no luck.
Could someone check the connector for their back up lights and tell me where it is, possibly check wire colors on the other connector if possible, may have other stuff plugged in wrong.

I am not worried about the 5th gear connector, because I put a Webber on and am not worrying about turning the emmissions stuff off, because that stuff went in the trash a year ago.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2007, 08:17 AM
 
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Cool Back-up Light...

I have an '88 Samurai. The back-up light plugs directly into the top left side of the tranny case. Does this answer your question?
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-27-2007, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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No, the other end of the cable. Should be up on the rear of the firewall somewhere, but the only things that are up there with similar connectors are a vacuum switch and some sort of sensor that is mounted to the chassis.

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Cool Back up light switch...

Sorry about that. Let me check my Samurai and try to see exactly where that back-up switch connects under the hood. I'll get back to you.
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Thanks, Lee. Let me know what you find.
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Cool Back-up switch found!

Okay isots;

Today is Sunday, July 29 and the local time is 12:10PM. I've been outside since 8AM in a light rain working on my Suzuki and now I am finished.

This is what I found. On my 1988 Samurai, there are two switches that plug into the top of my transmission (one is in front of the other). The front one is definitely my back-up light switch and the rear one is my 5th gear switch.

The front switch (back-up light switch) plugs into a GREEN receptacle that is hanging in front of my firewall right next to my round ignition coil.

The rear switch (5th gear switch) plugs into a WHITE/TRANSLUCENT receptacle that is hanging right next to my GREEN receptacle. (I know you don't use your 5th gear switch, but this will help you to identify what goes where).

Again, on my 1988 Samurai, my back-up light switch plugs into a GREEN receptacle on my firewall right next to my round ignition coil. From there, I can't tell where it goes since it joins a bunch of wires that are all wrapped with black tape.

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Reverse lights on ALL the time

Great thread! Helped me find the harness for the reverse/5th gear wires.

Couple of questions I hope you can help with...

1. Why would my reverse lights be on ALL the time?

2. What exactly does the 5th gear wire do?

Thanks everyone! I'm a new Zuk owner, loving it!
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your reverse lights shouldnt be on all the time. you might want to go to the back and trace out all the wires and make sure you dont have a short somewhere...

the 5th gear switch sends a signal to the carb. has something to do with the amount of fuel it lets into the engine.

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Cool

You might have a stuck Back-up Light Switch. From the top of your tranny, unscrew the front switch (not much clearance, so use a short, stubby wrench) and make sure the white plastic plunger is functioning properly. It might be stuck in the "on" position. If that's the case, order a new switch from the dealer (about $25) and install.

The 5th Gear Switch helps control the fuel usage when you are cruising in high (5th) gear so your fuel consumption is not too excessive.

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Yep, I checked it yesterday, and the plunger was stuck. Spoke to Suz of McKinney, and they actually had one IN STOCK! Replaced it, and now it works perfectly.
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