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Offline kammertime

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1969 backup light switch
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:14:18 PM »
I am trying to test the backup lights on my 69 Boss.
I have plugged the switch harness into the firewall connector. I thought if I pushed the plunger on the switch the backup lights would come on but they don't. I am getting power to the switch but no power out when I hold down the plunger. Does the engine need to be running for the switch to work or do I just have a faulty switch ? I am not very well versed on electrical things so any help would be appreciated.

John

Offline Brian Conway

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Re: 1969 backup light switch
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 06:12:35 PM »
4 speed 69,  The engine does not need to be running.  With the Ign switch key in the AUX. or START positions and the shifter in REVERSE the BU lights are ON.  Could be the switch needs to be grounded ?  Brian
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Re: 1969 backup light switch
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 07:42:33 PM »
Brian,
I had already tried it with the switch grounded. It still did not work.

Thanks,
John

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Re: 1969 backup light switch
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2017, 08:17:33 PM »
4 speed 69,  The engine does not need to be running.  With the Ign switch key in the AUX. or START positions and the shifter in REVERSE the BU lights are ON.  Could be the switch needs to be grounded ?  Brian
Or the switch needs mechanical adjusting.  Unscrew the shifter boot so you can see what's happening when you put the gear shifter in Reverse.

Offline 7Lscjracer

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Re: 1969 backup light switch
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2017, 08:23:57 PM »
Unplug the switch harness from the firewall connector and jumper the two on the firewall connector that don't plug into the looped wire of the switch harness and your reverse lights should come on.
The looped wire is just an FMX provision which is looped so your stick car can start.
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Offline J_Speegle

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Re: 1969 backup light switch
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2017, 10:31:56 PM »
Let me see if I understand so far.  I typically look at simple electricity like I do water or hydraulics. Just helps me

1- You plugged in the loom to the switch and got power to the one side of the back of the switch.

2- You checked with the plunger fully depressed and not mounted to the shifter and got no power coming out of the switch. Guess your using a test light to check both of these steps.

If #1 & #2 are correct then the switch is bad.  Electrical stuff is so fund figuring out on the internet at a distance

3- If your take a test light and you've got power coming out of the switch as the back then test after the loom attaches to the next loom to see if the plug is allowing the flow of electricity.

4- If it is take a test light or wire, unplug the loom and apply power to that post on the car (not the reverse light switch loom) that goes to the reverse lights and have someone look to see if they both light up.

Just the process I would go through - not saying its the only way   ::)
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Offline kammertime

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Re: 1969 backup light switch
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2017, 08:22:49 AM »
Jeff,
You are 100% correct on items 1 and 2.

Thanks to all,
John

Offline kammertime

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Re: 1969 backup light switch
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 12:31:37 PM »
7Lscjracer,

I took your suggestion and jumped the pigtail; lights work !

Logical solution - new switch and harness.

Thanks again,
John