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Pelican Technical Article:

Reverse Light Switch Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20

Talent:

***

Tools:

Small screwdriver, 22mm wrench

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Reverse light switch

Hot Tip:

You may need to loosen the switch to access the electrical

Performance Gain:

Reverse lights work again

Complementary Modification:

Replace taillight bulbs

The reverse light switch is used to illuminate the lights on the rear of the car when reverse gear is selected. Over time, the switch can fail, rendering the lights useless. Replacing the switch is relatively straightforward, although it does require a few components to be removed for access. You'll need to remove the airbox, the battery and battery box. See the following articles for more information: Airbox Removal, Battery Replacement and Battery Box Removal.

The reverse light switch is located right next to the starter motor and gearshift linkage connections on top of the transmission (green arrow).
Figure 1

The reverse light switch is located right next to the starter motor and gearshift linkage connections on top of the transmission (green arrow). Use a small screwdriver to press the tab on the electrical connector and pull it off. Note that you may need to loosen the switch to access the connector.

Use a 22mm wrench to loosen and then remove the old switch from the transmission.
Figure 2

Use a 22mm wrench to loosen and then remove the old switch from the transmission.

Shown here is the old switch removed.
Figure 3

Shown here is the old switch removed. You can see that the tip of the switch (green arrow) is depressed when reverse gear is engaged. Installation of the new switch is the reverse of removal.


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