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Username Post: reverse lights        (Topic#349096)
68impalass 
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01-09-18 06:13 PM - Post#2720616    

Hello and happy new year....I have a question to all...my 68 impala's reverse lights are not working.....the fuse appears to be fine and there's new bulbs in place. is there a switch or activator or the like ? if there is is there a supplier for it? thanks in advance



 
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Custom670 
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01-10-18 07:55 AM - Post#2720677    
    In response to 68impalass

Happy New Year to you. There is a backup light switch/neutral safety switch near the base of the steering column. Typically it is black plastic in a semi-circular shape. It is a straightforward repair, unplug the terminals going into the switch and unscrew the switch from the column.

A replacement part can be had from any of the restoration parts sellers advertising above. If you have a good auto parts store nearby they may even carry it. Good luck.




 
jktucker92 
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01-10-18 08:08 AM - Post#2720679    
    In response to Custom670

I believe Custom670 is correct for column shifted transmissions. However, if the car is a floor shift car, the switch is mounted to the shifter in the console. I know my '66 Impala SS with automatic has the backup light switch mounted to the shifter in the center console, and I believe the '68 is the same. Likewise, if the car has a floor shifted manual transmission, the switch will be in the center console.



 
68impalass 
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01-10-18 01:10 PM - Post#2720704    
    In response to jktucker92

yes it is a console shift....is the part available? if so where ? if it is I can order it now and be ready for when it comes out of its winter sleep...thanks again for the great advice




 
raycow 
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01-10-18 06:45 PM - Post#2720723    
    In response to 68impalass

  • 68impalass Said:
....I can order it now and be ready for when it comes out of its winter sleep....


There is another step some people might want to take BEFORE they order a replacement switch: They would find out if the present switch is actually the cause of the problem. Shift to reverse, unplug the connector from the switch and check across the switch terminals with a multimeter or continuity tester. If the switch tests good, jump the connector terminals with a short piece of wire. Turn on the ignition switch and see if the lamps light now. If they do, you may have poor contact between the connector and the switch. If they still don't light, then you know your problem is elsewhere and you will need to do some troubleshooting to find it.

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
68impalass 
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02-08-18 05:55 PM - Post#2723813    
    In response to raycow

I appreciate the advise sir....i'll check that in the spring...however does anyone know where I can get one of those switches for a console car? a point in the right direction would indeed be awesome.....thanks in advance



 
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