[urq] reverse light short

Buchholz, Steven Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com
Thu May 26 14:54:50 EDT 2005

I have a fuzzy recollection about someone having a similar problem that
turned out to be due to a short in the harness going to the
transmission.  I'm pretty sure the reverse switch is the one at the back
of the tranny, perhaps the loom has been rubbing on the body or against
the tranny casing and is shorting to ground.  

Clearly you can unplug the switch for the time being until you get to
where you will be more able to work on the car ... just be even more
careful than usual when reversing!

Steve B
San Jose, CA (USA)
> My 85 has been back in action for about 7 days... and a strange
behavior has
> started.  My gauges/turn signals etc stopped working when I left work
> yesterday.  I got home a checked the fuse (#12)... blown.  Replaced,
> everything's fine.  I tested the functioning of each item on that
circuit, and
> nothing goes wrong until I activate the reverse light.  Put the car
> reverse, and the fuse blows.
> Any BTDTs?  I have very limited tools where I am, and no place to
work... so
> if anyone has run into this, I'd love to hear a shortcut.  My first
thought is
> to disconnect the reverse light switch at the trans, and see what
> I've never seen one of those fail creating a short... but if the
> circuit is disabled, I'm thinking I'll at least avoid blowing the fuse
until I
> can fix it correctly.

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