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Hi, I recently bought a 95 Samurai, left hand drive.

All the lights work except the reverse lights-they dont work on either side. I replaced a bulb on the rear drivers side- I dont know whether this change interfered with the functioning of reverse lights- I stupidly didnt check if they worked before I changed it..

Ive had a look under the bonnet but its a mass of wires-I have no idea what im looking for or where to start. There is a mystery switch on the dashboard under the fog light button, which doesnt seem to be connected to anything- when i press it down it lights up, but nothing that i can see happens. This switch may be unconnected to the back up lights but its just a thought..

I'm a complete novice- any advice or suggestions would be greatfully received (an idiots guide please!)

Many thanks in advance.
J
 

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the reverse lights on the samurai are switched by the transmission. There is a cylindrical barrel on the top,left,front of the transmission with two wires coming out of it. There is an identical cylinder just to the rear of the first. One of those barrels is the revers light switch,(operates the revers lamps) the other switch is the over-drive/5th gear switch. (turns off the EGR when in overdrive) think the front switch is the revers lights but don't quote me on that. I broke the wires on both of my switchs by accident. I can't find a source for the 5th gear switch (identical switch, but the gender of the connector is opposite between the two switches) so I ordered two reverse switches and cut and spliced the connector on one of them for the 5th gear switch.
 

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The front switch on the Trans is the back-up light switch. Follow the wires up to the plug. Unplug and connect an ohn meter between the wires that come from the trans. Place the trans in reverse and you should have a connection. If not, the switch is bad. If there is a connection...it's time to check voltages. The disconnected plug on the wireing loom should have 12 v present on one side. When the switch is activated by the trans this will supply the voltage to the back-up lights. If the switch is good and 12v is present it's time to break out the wireing diagram and start tracing wires. If the switch is bad one can be purchased at a dealership for approx. $28.00 Had to replace mine last week. Good luck.



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Thank you very much Baracus and Gizmo, your help is very much appreciated. I will follow your advice and post the outcome.
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when my reverse lights weren't working I just unplugged the switch from under the hood and used a jumper wire to switch them "on". Reverse lights worked so I swapped out the switch and was done.
 

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I just replaced my switches last week too! I ordered mine online for $11 from rockauto. Bought two of them (one for my overdrive switch) with $5 shipping.
 

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just to check I'm about to mess about with the right switches & wires, could someone please tell me the correct one to look at. I'm thinking its the top one (bluey colour...)..

Many thanks in advance.
J
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switch for the reverse light is on the transmission behind the engine. Its back under the tunel that the transmission tucks into on the top left side. The wires to the switch should go up to a connector on the firewall just above the ignition coil. That's where you can disconect the switch connector and jumper the two wires together to see if it's the switch that's the problem or if the problem is elsewhere.
 

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Thanks Baracatus. i think ive found the switch (I said I was a complete beginner!). but i dont have a meter so im prrobably just going to take it to my local garage that focus on samurais and ask them to check it out. Whats weird id that it passed its mot just a week before i bought it (3 weeks ago). annoying!
 

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Do yourself a favor and get a copy of the factory service manual (FSM).

You can download it from Ack's FAQ. Just do a search for FSM and then download the 88 FSM and the 90-92 Supplement. And if you find it useful, click on the Donate button and give $5 or so as a show of thanks.

And welcome to the madness and do make sure that you get a volt/ohm meter as Samurais are about as flaky electrically as an old British sports car.
 

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You don't even need a volt meter to check it. Just unplug the two halves of the connector (the plastic cylinder that the wires go to from the switch) then use a small piece of wire to short the two metal tabs in the half of the connector that is now disconnected from the switch. If your reverse lights come on, then you know it was the switch that was bad. If you connect the two wires and the reverse lights don't come on, then you have a different problem.
 

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I just replaced my switches last week too! I ordered mine online for $11 from rockauto. Bought two of them (one for my overdrive switch) with $5 shipping.
just to check I'm about to mess about with the right switches & wires, could someone please tell me the correct one to look at. I'm thinking its the top one (bluey colour...)..

Many thanks in advance.
J
(hopefully the pics have uploaded)
 
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